Writing Center Tutoring Services
Our writing center team is standing by to assist students with their reading and writing
skill-building. We believe that successful writers, whether beginning or more experienced,
benefit from discussing their work with an engaged and supportive audience. Therefore,
we are here to help Mt. SAC writers at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming
on a topic, to drafting that first version, to revising the final product. We cannot
wait to discuss your goals, review your work with you, and help you take your next
You can schedule appointments for online or in-person tutoring via our platform, WCOnline,
or drop-in to our center on campus for walk-ins (although these are not guaranteed,
so we do recommend appointments). Sessions are 30 minutes or an hour, depending on
your needs. We will accommodate more than one appointment in a day if capacity allows
it, but we encourage you to work independently between sessions, applying what was
learned during the prior session. You are welcome to use our on campus computer lab
to do so. Come on in, we cannot wait to work with you.
- How to register for our services?
How to Register in the Portal (YouTube) How to Register on WCOnline (YouTube)How to Make an Appointment and Meet with a Tutor (YouTube)
Instructions for Signing up for Writing Center Tutoring
If this is your first time using the Writing Center this term, you must follow 3 simple steps in order to use our services.
- Register in the portal with the CRN that applies to you:
Note: This will register you into a non-credit, no-cost tutoring class.
- Once the CRN is registered, return to the Writing Center homepage and click Make an
Online Appointment. If this is your first time using the Writing Center, you will
need to create an account in WCOnline.
**Please make sure your A# and Mt. SAC email are accurately entered when you create
your WCOnline account.**
- After you create an account, you can log into WCOnline and proceed to the schedule to make an appointment.
- Online tutoring - How to
Scheduling an Online Writing Center Appointment
To schedule an appointment at the Writing Center:
Go to WC Online to schedule your own appointment. You will need to create an account before you make your first online appointment.
Call or email the Writing Center if you have any questions.
Please make sure you are aware of the Writing Center Policies and Procedures before
you schedule an appointment.
"What to Expect from a Tutor" and our tutoring services.
- In-Center Tutoring - How to
In-Person Help at the Writing Center
We are open for in-person tutoring every day but Saturday! All tutors are able to
work with you in person; just make your appointment to see them on WCOnline (see above).
Walk-in appointments are also offered but are not guaranteed, and we ask that you
are patient when waiting for an available tutor. You are welcome to work on assignments
in our computer lab while you wait for a tutor to become available.
- What can tutors assist with?
General Writing Center Tutors
Our certified tutors are standing by to support you with the following:
- Understanding an assignment
- Brainstorming a topic
- Organizing ideas
- Conducting database research / evaluating source material
- Drafting a thesis statement
- Developing your ideas / improving your analysis
- Incorporating sources / introducing quotations and paraphrases
- Revising / editing an assignment
- Reviewing a DLA
NNES Specialist Tutors:
We recognize the unique needs of our multilingual writers as they adjust to new academic
culture and writing conventions at Mt. SAC. We have specialists prepared to work with
you and assist you in your academic writing journey. In addition to the services listed above, our NNES Specialist Tutors can assist students with the following:
- Vocabulary development strategies
- Academic reading strategies
- Clarification of assignment requirements
- Genre awareness
- Grammatical conventions
- Resume writing
- Basic paragraph writing