History Tutoring Center LART 327
When you visit the History Tutoring Center:
Give yourself ample time to finish your course assignments (you should not expect any tutor to work on your assignment the night before it's due). Come with specific questions in mind. The HTC is not a crutch! You will not be given the answers. We will make you think!
- Do not expect tutors to know everything.
- Come to the History Tutoring Center prepared. This means you need to read the material before you come in!
- Try your best to bring a typed draft of your written assignment.
- Create study groups. Work with your classmates and discuss what everyone thinks the material is all about.
READING and WRITING
When it comes to reading and writing, the tutors here at the History Tutoring Center strongly believe:
1) "The only effective way to read, is to re-read."
The word "effective" here means being an active reader. This means that you shouldn't simply read the material without making any marks and underlining in your book(s). Don't think of the assignment as just another thing to read; think of it as a way of connecting with the material. Be creative when it comes to reading. Ask hypothetical questions that will help you create a scenario. This is what most professors refer to as "analytical thinking." History isn't just about names and places, it's also about HOW and WHY (the significance), and sometimes the WHAT IF?. It is important that you transform from being a passive reader, which some of you have been trained to be, and engage in active reading. Think for yourself and determine why the material your are reading is important. It is a good idea to underline key concepts and make both a mental and written note of any questions you might have. Make a point to find anything you can logically disagree with. More than likely, your professor will not penalize you for presenting a cogent counter-argument; just as long as you provide evidence from the material for your position.
Contrary to popular belief, you will not get more money back at the end of a semester for returning a book that isn't marked up, or even for one that hasn't been read. History courses are primarily based on reading textbooks, as well as secondary sources, and sometimes primary sources. So the best thing to do for yourself, and ultimately your grade, is to READ, then re-READ, and finally, re-READ again.
2) The best writing is re-writing.
This means that your first draft is just that, and you should expect to re-write your work several times before you consider it completed. This means you should start your writing project in advance of the due date, in order to allow yourself enough time to revise your work. Ask someone else to read your draft(s) and write their comments and suggestions on how you might improve the work directly on your drafts. We can do this for you at the History Tutoring Center.
Learn study secrets!
Meet a cool historian!
Improve your research and writing!
Get a better grade!
History doesn't have to be a mystery!
We want to help you with your history course, be it a large survey, a junior/senior seminar, or a graduate class.
You don't have to be a history major! (In fact, most of the folks we help aren't!)
Our trained tutors can help you with writing history term papers and essays, interpret study guides, explain certain key history concepts, or simply help you put historical events into perspective. Sometimes its just helpful to talk through your paper ideas and brainstorm!