Learning Center

The BISLA Learning Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Blue Building.  Learning Center peer tutors are BISLA students who have proven themselves good writers, understanding course content, and helpful peers, and are supervised in their work by a faculty member.

Tutors offer guidance and tutoring for all papers from any course, from Academic Writing to EU Policy (including guidance on literature reviews, research/term papers, reports, documentation, and bibliography/reference citations). Weekly assignments, however, may be brought in only twice a semester (and that before Reading Week), for the purpose of grammar and style.

Tutors are available for academic writing (WR) and research skills (RA).

Hours are subject to each Learning Lab peer tutor’s schedule (please contact the tutor via email - bisla.tutors@gmail.com)

Peer Tutors 2020-2021 School Year

Class of

Student

Expertise

2022

Tomáš

Štrba

WR 

2022

Lucia

Ozaniaková

WR

2021

Krištof

Sucha

WR

2022

Max

Radó

WR 

2021

Peter

Sterančák

WR

2021

Vivien

Slíž

WR

Supervisor: Lucas A Sprouse (lucasasprouse@gmail.com)

Learning Lab Policies

Students requesting help from Peer Tutors are asked to read and agree to the following policies:

  1. Peer tutoring sessions are 30 minutes for one paper.

  2. A student agrees with the tutor in advance by email and sends the paper they wish to work on as an attachment.

  3. A student may make no more than one appointment per day and three appointments per week.

  4. The student must bring two copies of his/ her draft to the session; one copy will be retained by the Learning Center as a record of the student's visit and for training purposes.

  5. The student will come prepared with a writing utensil and assignment sheet (if necessary). They will also be ready with the questions they have about their assignment.

  6. Sessions will last no more than 30 minutes; during that time, the student and the tutor will focus on one area of the writing process or problem equation at a time.

  7. Tutors cannot evaluate or assign a grade to a student's paper. Only faculty and teaching assistants can evaluate student writing and/or assignment.

  8. The student is responsible for his or her paper and all decisions made during the session. The student must be an active participant in determining the shape and nature of the session.

  9. Tutors cannot write, edit, or proofread papers for students. They will not correct grammar or provide alternative vocabulary. Tutors may use, or refer students to, educational software available online to help a student with grammar and/or vocabulary.

  10. Tutors will prioritize their feedback as follows:

High Priority Mid-Priority Low Priority
Does it answer the question? Development Grammar
Focus Organization Word Choice
Arguments/Ideas Coherence Citations
Support/Evidence Transitions (linking) Layout
Audience/Purpose    

11. The Learning Center tutors will only help students working on their own original work. If someone is discovered to have brought plagiarized work to a tutor, that student may no longer request help from the Center.

12. Grading policies, grades, and/or instructors will not be discussed.

13. Because tutoring sessions are confidential, tutors will not discuss students’ work with any third party other than the Learning Center supervisor and the Critical Thinking instructor.