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One-on-one instruction

Students and scholars may apply to work one-on-one with an English Language Tutor on a quarterly basis rather than (or in addition to) English language classes. Working with a tutor gives students the opportunity to get personalized feedback, and to focus on specific linguistic skills and language functions. Tutoring can be especially helpful for very advanced learners, as well as those with very low proficiency. Students meet with their tutors once a week for 30 minutes throughout the academic quarter. Students direct their own learning, and should come prepared to discuss their goals at the first session. Activities might include practice in conversation, pronunciation, listening, and giving presentations; SPEAK or Versant test preparation; mock interviews; reviewing written work to find patterns of errors; cultural discussion, and more.

Students and scholars of The Graduate School are given first priority for tutoring appointments.For more information on eligibility and priority for enrollment, please visit our eligibility page. For complete details on how and when to apply for an appointment, please see our registration page.

Help is also available without a weekly appointment throug our tutoring Office Hours. These are open office hours in which any Northwestern student, scholar, or affiliate may walk in without an appointment to see a tutor. For more information and hours, please see our Office Hours page.

For members of the Northwestern community who need additional support or do not meet the eligibility requirements for services, we also maintain a list of private language and writing tutors who are available to be hired for a fee. These tutors are not directly affiliated with Northwestern University. Please see our private tutors page for more information.