English Grammar and Language Tutor

Meet the English Grammar and Language Tutor!

Hi, there! My name is Raymond, and I’m a Ph.D. student in Harvard’s Slavic Literatures and Languages department. I’ve been working as the EGL tutor for four years now, and it’s been one of the more rewarding parts of my time in graduate school. I’ve worked with students from all over the world, helping them on their writing assignments (especially Expos essays!) and getting them to feel more comfortable with academic writing. If you’re having trouble with grammar, syntax, and/or stylistics on any sort of assignment (papers, applications, research projects, etc.), please come by! You don't have to have a complete draft of a writing assignment to come in for help. You can bring partial drafts, assignments, or just questions. 

What happens in an EGL session?

My goal is to help make you a better writer, someone who is more confident about writing and reading in English. I do not simply correct all your mistakes and return to you a perfectly proofread paper. Instead, we discuss and analyze your writing assignments together, identifying your mistakes, clarifying them, and figuring out ways you can avoid them. 

Office hours for Spring 2022

Mondays, 2-4 p.m.

Thursdays 9-11 a.m.

To get the Zoom link for office hours, click here (you will need to login with your Harvard key).

If you would like to make an appointment to meet outside of my office hourse, or if you would prefer to meet in person, please email me at egltutor@fas.harvard.edu to make an appointment.

Some general advice about writing

•No one can write a grammatically clean essay in a day (or less), so start early!

•Build in time to meet with EGL tutor for each paper.

•Writing is hard, always harder than people expect; don’t let it demoralize you.

•Simpler, shorter sentences are always easier to get right than are complex ones.

•Worry about grammar and comprehensibility first; then think about style.

•Read your drafts out loud to yourself; if something is unclear to you, it won’t be clear to a reader.