Writing Tutoring @ SPSCC

Writing Tutoring

The SPSCC Writing Center provides one-on-one tutoring for all students of South Puget Sound Community College. Our purpose is to help students develop skills and gain confidence in their writing. Our student and staff tutors are trained to assist with any writing project, in any subject, and at any stage of the writing process, from the roughest outline to the most polished draft.

In addition to tutoring, the Writing Center has ample space for individual study and work, featuring a small computer lab and printer, laptops for check-out within the center, reference books, and writing tip sheets.

Enjoy this short video to meet a few of our tutors and hear more about the work we do.

Visiting the Writing Center

We encourage students to use the Writing Center 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 to Make an Appointment

To schedule a one-on-one tutoring appointment, please 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 nameSID numberphone number, desired day and time, and the class or project you are working on.

Students may have up to two appointments 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.

Please note that during busy times of the quarter – typically weeks 3-5 and 9-11 of each quarter – our appointment schedule tends to fill up one to two 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 to Bring to an Appointment

For the most effective tutoring session, please bring the writing prompt (e.g. the instructions or assignment sheet), relevant materials (e.g. class notes, assignment rubric, instructor feedback), and any questions or concerns you have about the project. What you and the tutor focus on during a session is up to you, so think about the two or three areas that are most important for you to ask about. Finally, if you have written a draft or outline, you should either bring a hard copy or plan to work on a computer with the tutor. (You can bring your own computer or use one of our desktops or laptops.)

Be sure to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment to get signed in at the kiosk computer and settled at a table. Students who are more than 5 minutes late forfeit their scheduled appointment time.

In summary:

  • Bring the assignment instructions and class notes
  • Bring your questions
  • Bring a draft (if you have one)
  • Show up a few minutes early
Writing Tutoring at Lacey

During summer quarter (starting week 2), writing tutoring is available at Lacey in room 152. Sign up at LSS-West at the Olympia campus or at the Lacey One Stop.

Wednesdays 11 am - 2 pm


In addition to the Writing Center at LSS-West, all current SPSCC students can receive online writing tutoring via eTutoring. To take advantage of this resource, simply log in to the eTutoring site 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.


How to Become a Tutor

Students who are recommended by an instructor may enroll in the 2-credit tutor training class, English 291, which is usually offered in winter or spring. Students who complete the training course are eligible to apply for a paid student tutor position. Either during or before their first quarter of employment, writing tutors must also complete a 2-credit practicum course. Once hired, tutors participate in ongoing professional development, including mentoring, staff training, and special projects.

Email Chris Dorn, Learning Support Services Administrator, at cdorn@spscc.edu for more information.