Tutoring in the Writing Center
Writing Center tutors work one-on-one with students in all stages of the writing process and with any type of assignment for any course, except exam papers. Individual sessions are thirty minutes, and the focus of the session is determined by the student. By taking an active role in choosing the direction of the session, students are able to identify their specific questions and concerns, as well as the writing skills they would like to practice or learn. Through interaction and student-centered dialog, students expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills, develop their knowledge base, and increase self-awareness. As a result, students don't just improve the specific piece of writing they are working on, but also become stronger, more independent writers.
During the Fall and Spring Semesters, The Writing Center is open from 9 to 7, Monday through Thursday, and 9 to 3 on Friday. Summer Session hours are 9 to 4, Monday through Thursday, and 9 to 1 on Friday. Students may make an appointment by coming to the Writing Center or by calling (805) 965-0581 x2663. They may also drop in at any time to see a tutor. The wait time for drop-ins is usually less than half an hour; most evenings, the wait time is significantly shorter. Students can come to the Writing Center for a half-hour session up to 3 times each week, but not more than once a day.
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Students may access Writing Center tutors in two ways:
Students may make an appointment at least one day in advance by signing up at the Center with their student ID card or by calling our Office Assistant at 805-965-0581 x2663 during our open hours. Students must arrive on time for their appointment or they will have to use the Drop In option. Please call or come by the Writing Center if you need to cancel your appointment.
2. Drop In:
Services are on a first come, first served basis. Upon arrival at the Center, students present their student ID card to sign up on a waiting list for the next available tutor.
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