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.

How to Make an Appointment

You do NOT need an appointment to visit the Writing Center. In fact, we encourage students to use the Writing Center as a writing workspace, a place to think, read, write, and collaborate with their peers. Tutors are available on a drop-in basis to answer quick questions and give feedback on short passages, so come on by and get writing!

If you would like more extensive feedback or dedicated one-on-one assistance, we invite you to make an appointment. To make an appointment with a tutor, please call us at 360-596-5472, email us at learningsupport@spscc.edu, or visit us in person. If you email or leave a voice mail, please include in your message your name, SID, phone number, desired day and time, and the class or project you are working on.

Students may have up to two 25-minute appointments per week. If the writing is for class, please bring the assignment sheet, relevant class materials, and a printed draft if you have one. Be sure to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment, as students who arrive late may forfeit their appointment.

Writing Tutoring at Lacey

During fall quarter, 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 10 am - 2 pm 

Thursdays 9 am - 12 pm

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.