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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 steps.   

You can schedule appointments for online tutoring via our platform, WCOnline, or drop-in to our center on campus for walk-ins. 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. 

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      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 
    • faculty iconWhat is a tutor in the classroom?

      Tutor in the Classroom (TC) Program: Who and what is a TC? 

      A TC is a tutor assigned to specific English and/or AMLA writing courses (with priority given to ENG 1A/80 and AMLA 90 sections). TCs lead supplemental group sessions and provide individual outside of class time in addition to assisting with several hours on in-class time every week. They provide a collaborative and interactive learning environment where students can improve their understanding of the course through additional practice and reinforcement of class materials. Note: TCs are not guaranteed for all English levels due to budget restrictions.

      * SI (Supplemental Instruction); ET (Embedded Tutor), TC (Tutor in the Classroom)

      Request a TC for your Class:
      TCs are, if funding allows,  automatically assigned to English 1A/80. If you would like to request an in-class tutor to be assigned to your non-1A/80 class, please email Trista Payte for more information ( 

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      Scheduling an Online Writing Center Appointment

      To schedule an appointment at the Online Writing Center:

      1. Go to WC Online to schedule your own appointment. You will need to create an account before you make your first online appointment.

      2. Call or email  the Writing Center if you have any questions.

      3. Please make sure you are aware of the Writing Center Policies and Procedures before you schedule an appointment.

      4. "What to Expect from a Tutor" and our tutoring services.

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      In-Person Help at the Writing Center
      We are open and available for tutoring in person on a walk-in basic Sunday through Friday! Walk-in appointments 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.