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Writing & Language Tutoring

 

 

Writing Tutoring

Summer hours begin July 5th:

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 2PM On Campus (Building 22)

Tuesday and Thursday 5PM - 7PM Virtual via Zoom

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.

We are committed to every student's success. Read about our vision for racial equity in our Writing Center Statement on Antiracism.

ESL Tutoring

ESL tutor Isaac Zhang is available via Zoom Mondays and Fridays 1-5 pm. Contact Isaac to make an appointment or receive his Zoom info: bzhang1@spscc.edu.

Spanish Tutoring

Contact Spanish tutor Luis Martinez to make an appointment: lmartinez-torrijos@spscc.edu.

Japanese Tutoring

Japanese tutor Koki Kasahara is available for in-person tutoring in the Writing Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm. Drop by LSS West (Building 22, Room 101) during Koki's hours for a walk-in session, or contact Koki to make an appointment: kkasahara@spscc.edu.

eTutoring

Can't visit us during our regular hours? No problem! Sign into eTutoring any time of day to submit a paper for writing feedback, post a quick question, or meet live with a college tutor specializing in one of the subjects below. If you submit a paper for feedback, expect a response within 24-48 hours. 

Beyond writing tutoring, eTutoring offers live tutoring in:

  • math and statistics
  • accounting
  • physics
  • biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology
  • Spanish
  • Microsoft Office
  • web development (HTML, CSS, and WordPress) and computer science (Java and C++)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is LSS West?

Our on-campus location is in building 22 room 101 and is open for in-person tutoring Monday through Thursday 10am to 4pm. We are also open virtually, where you can meet live with a tutor in our Zoom room, Monday through Thursday 5pm to 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 3pm.

What do I do when I get there?

When you visit in person, the first thing to do is sign in at the computer kiosk located directly inside the door. If you have come in to do some work, just pull up a chair and get to it! If you are here for an appointment, just let the office assistant at the front desk know.

Similarly, when you enter the Virtual Tutoring Center, you will be greeted by one of our staff members, who will ask what kind of help you need and then either schedule an appointment for later or place you in a breakout room with a tutor right away. It's that simple!

How do I make an appointment?

You can visit us on campus during our in-person hours or through Zoom during our virtual hours, or email us at learningsupport@spscc.edu. If you email, please include in your message:

  • your name
  • your SID number
  • the desired day and time
  • the class or project you are working on

Appointments may be scheduled weeks ahead of time, and you may also choose to have recurring weekly appointments. We love working with writers more than once!

How many appointments can I have?

Up to six 25-minute appointments per week, or the equivalent. Appointments are 25 minutes long by default, but you can request 50 minutes if you have a larger project.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are recommended but not required. You are also always welcome to just come in and utilize our space to get your work done. If you visit us and a tutor is not already with another student, we will be happy to help you then. However, an appointment is the only way to guarantee an available tutor.

Note, too, that during busy times of the quarter—typically around midterms and before finals—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 CCS 200, a 2-credit tutor training course, before applying for a position. 

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

eTutoring is a great option for you. Simply log in to 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 live tutoring sessions in the Writing Center. 

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