Welcome to BC’s Online Reading and Writing Tutorial
The purpose of this Tutorial is to help you improve your reading and writing skills in fulfillment of this academic policy that went into effect spring 2012:
Students not earning a C or higher in ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102 must retake the course(s) the following semester(s) until a C is earned. In addition, they will be required to complete 10 hours of tutoring in the Student Success Center (SSC) as a part of the class in the second and any subsequent attempts. In lieu of the 10 hours of tutoring, students may also opt to complete a web-based tutoring module of similar quality and rigor as that offered by the SSC.
Please note that if you fail to successfully complete this Tutorial, you will not earn credit for your ENGL 1101 or 1102 class. You may choose to complete this 10-hour Tutorial on your own or in the Student Success Center.
Requirements and Summer Deadline
The Tutorial will be completed online, but you do have the option to visit the Student Success Center for tutoring in preparation to complete the online Tutorial. Tutors may also help with practice exercises that do not count for a score. You must complete all tests and exercises that count for a score without assistance and score 70% or higher in order to earn credit for them.
You must complete this Tutorial no later than Wednesday, July 31st for the summer semester. The Student Success Center will verify that you have completed all tests in the Tutorial with a 70% or better average and notify your English instructor. It is your responsibility to notify the Student Success Center by email at email@example.com when you have completed the Tutorial and also to confirm with your instructor that he or she has received notification that you completed the Tutorial by Wednesday, July 31st.
Directions for the Tutorial
1. Create your Tutorial Account at Townsend Press Online Learning Center at www.townsendpress.net. Follow the step-by-step directions here to create your account. This is a PDF file, so make sure you have free Adobe Reader to view it. After you sign in, you’ll be taken to the PRACTICE LAB of Katherine Harrell, where you may practice your skills until you’re assigned to the BC Tutoring Lab—Summer 2013. You will be assigned to the BC Tutoring Lab within 24 hours, and this lab is where you will complete your assignments.
2. View the Active Reading presentation. This is a PDF file, so make sure you have free Adobe Reader to view it. If you visit the Student Success Center, a tutor can help you understand active reading. You can also learn more about active reading here and access a video on active reading.
3. Review grammar and writing as needed at Guide to Grammar and Writing before beginning your work in the Tutorial. If you visit the Student Success Center, a tutor can help you with grammar and writing.
4. Complete your work in the BC Tutoring Lab—Summer 2013.
Reading Skills: Under Advancing College Reading Skills 5e, you will see EXERCISES, MASTERY TESTS, AND ALTERNATE MASTERY TESTS. To complete your requirement for the Tutorial, you must SCORE 70% or HIGHER on ONLY ONE Mastery or Alternate Mastery Test in each of the 7 areas listed below. Exercises are there for your practice. If you score less than 70% on the first test you take, then you will need to complete another Mastery Test or Alternate Mastery Test within that same area until you earn a score of 70% or higher. You must score 70% or higher for the test to count toward satisfying the Tutorial.
You will need to complete ONE TEST with a score of 70% or better for the following areas. These are all shown in RED in the Tutorial.
Vocabulary in Context
Implied Main Idea
Purpose and Tone
Writing Skills: You must complete ONE exercise for each of the following areas. You must earn a score of 70% or higher for each completed exercise in each area, so complete the second exercise if you score less than 70%. If you score less than 70% on the second exercise, you will need to email a tutor for help.
You will need to complete ONE EXERCISE with a score of 70% or better for the following areas. These are all shown in RED in the Tutorial.
Subjects and Verbs
Run-Ons and Comma Splices
5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have completed the Tutorial and then confirm with your instructor that he or she has been notified of the completed Tutorial.
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