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Study Help and Tutoring

Connect with free tutoring resources at Red Deer College.

ESL Tutoring

For Winter 2021, ESL tutoring is offered online or in-person at RDC Library.

1. Online tutoring via Microsoft Teams (videoconference)

Click "Schedule Appointment" and then select "Online" from the drop-down menu.

*NEW:  You will now receive a Teams Appointment Link in both your confirmation email and in your reminder email.  There will no longer be a separate email with the appointment link.

Don’t have Microsoft Teams? That’s OK! You can use Teams in your web browser or via the Teams app (you'll be prompted to download it when you click on the meeting link). Also, all RDC students have access to Microsoft Teams by signing into Microsoft Office 365 with your RDC Loop login credentials.

If the appointment times don't work with your schedule, alternative arrangements can be made by emailing jodi.clovechok@rdc.ab.ca.

2. In-person tutoring

Click "Schedule Appointment" and then select "RDC Library (in person)" from the drop-down menu.

In-person appointments will be in the tutoring area on the main floor, east side of the Library.

Face coverings (masks) are mandatory.

If the appointment times don't work with your schedule, alternative arrangements can be made by emailing jodi.clovechok@rdc.ab.ca.

What Happens in an ESL Tutoring Session?

An ESL tutoring session at Red Deer College is a one-to-one session with our ESL Tutor. Referrals are not required.

Sessions are generally 45-60 minutes in length. During the session, you will discuss your needs and learn how to develop your skills in order to reach your goals. At the end of your session, you may decide to visit the ESL Tutor again or you may be connected with another resource at RDC.

The ESL Tutor focuses on building academic language proficiency for English language learners. Sessions may include a mix of grammar instruction, vocabulary development, and conversation/pronunciation. Students may receive support with course work including reading course material, determining what an assignment is asking, planning and writing an outline, revising and editing assignments, and preparing for presentations.

What is Plagiarism (And How to Avoid It)

Plagiarism occurs when you take another person’s words or ideas and claim them as your own.

The most common forms of plagiarism are:

  • copying or paraphrasing another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • using the ideas or lines of reasoning of another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • submitting work that someone else has written or substantially edited
  • submitting the same work for multiple courses without approval

List from RDC Student Misconduct: Academic and Non-Academic policy

Plagiarism has severe consequences, including failure, suspension, and expulsion. In college courses, you are expected to document your sources properly and consistently.

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources. Commonly used citation styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago.

To learn more, see the RDC Library’s Academic Integrity guide.

Faculty: Refer a Student

If you feel a student would benefit from the help of the ESL Tutor, direct the student to book an appointment.  
 
The ESL Tutor can help with:
  • support with course work including reading course material, determining what an assignment is asking, planning and writing an outline, revising and editing assignments, and preparing for presentations.
  • general grammar instruction, vocabulary development, and conversation/pronunciation