LSS West

LSS West, Language & Writing, students in classroom

LSS West

Bldg 22 Rm 101
360-596-5472
LSS Hours Olympia and Lacey Schedules

Writing & Language Tutoring

Gain confidence and new perspectives in your own writing — from essays to applications to short stories and more.

Our tutors provide one-on-one writing tutoring to offer you reader feedback, refer you to trustworthy resources, and help you develop as a writer. We are here to assist you with any writing project, in any subject, and at any stage of the writing process, from the roughest outline to the most polished draft.

 

Spanish Tutoring

To set up a Spanish tutoring appointment, contact Maribel at mlopezcartagnea@spscc.edu. She is available to meet by appointment in one-on-one or small group settings.
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is LSS West?

Building 22 room 101, just across the hall from Learning Support Services East and at the opposite end of the building as the library.

What do I do when I get there?

We invite you to use LSS West as an academic workspace – a place to think, read, research, write, and learn alongside peers. Even if you are not seeking tutoring, you are welcome to come use the space and resources (computers, printer, handbooks, writing references, and more) any time that we are open. Tutors who are not booked with appointments will be happy to answer quick questions and give feedback on short passages as needed. Come on by and get writing!

If you are seeking more extensive feedback or dedicated one-on-one assistance, we invite you to make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

You can visit us in person, call us at 360-596-5472, or email us at learningsupport@spscc.edu. (Calling or coming in person are usually the fastest ways to get a hold of us.) If you email or leave a voice mail, please include in your message:

  • your name
  • your SID number
  • your phone number
  • the desired day and time
  • the class or project you are working on
How many appointments can I have?

Up to two per week. Each appointment is 25 minutes long by default. If you are working on a longer project or need extra assistance, you may request a 55-minute appointment.

Do I need an appointment?

No, not necessarily. You are always welcome to work on your own in LSS West, and often if you have a short question, a tutor will be available to help you on a drop-in basis. However, during busy times of the quarter — typically weeks 3-5 and 9-11 of fall, winter, and spring term — our appointment schedule tends to fill up two to three days in advance. For that reason, we encourage you to schedule appointments ahead of time rather than try to schedule for the same day. As much as possible, come early and come often!

What should I bring to an appointment?

Arrive a few minutes ahead of time and bring the following:

  • the assignment instructions and relevant class notes
  • your questions
  • your most recent draft (if you have one)
How much does it cost?

Nothing! All of the tutoring on campus is free.

Who are the tutors?

Our tutors are a mix of current and former SPSCC students and qualified learning support technicians. All student writing tutors must receive a faculty recommendation and complete English 291, a 2-credit tutor training course, before applying for a position on staff. 

What if I can't come in when you are open?

eTutoring is a great option for you. Simply log in at eTutoring and upload an essay draft, and within 24-48 hours you will receive personalized feedback from a trained online writing tutor. Note that eTutoring sessions do not count toward your limit of two appointments per week, so you may use both eTutoring and face-to-face tutoring in the Writing Center.

You can also access useful handouts, videos, and links online at LSS Resources.

 

Olympia Campus and Lacey Campus

Olympia Campus

During summer quarter, LSS-West is open Monday-Thursday 10 am - 4 pm.

Lacey Campus

During summer quarter, writing tutoring is available at Lacey in building 1 room 152 on Tuesdays 11 am - 2 pm.