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Student Equity & Achievement Center

You want to succeed in college – and we’ll help you make it happen. Get free one-on-one support for reading and writing, in any subject, through the Student Equity & Achievement (SEA) Success Center.

How It Works

Whether it’s managing your reading load, getting started on a term papers, or preparing a project presentation, we’ll match you with a trained tutor to build your foundation and hone your skills.

We have tutors for:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading assignments
  • Vocabulary building
  • Interpreting a writing prompt
  • Brainstorm for writing assignments
  • Reading and writing skills and strategies

Online Tutoring

Connect with a tutor online, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm. Appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance. In some cases, your tutor will contact you via email with a code required to join the tutoring session.

We use several web-based platforms for tutoring sessions, including Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and GoBoard. Your tutor will let you know which option you’ll work in.

Inspiration Lab

Working on a complex paper or project? Learn how to use this program to build a concept map and turn it into an outline – or vice versa.

When you’re done, you can convert and export your ideas into PowerPoint, Word, or PDF.

Test Prep Help

  • English & ESL Placement Test Prep: Practice before you take the test to increase your score for faster graduation!
  • RFU and DRP Test Prep: Get sample tests and learn test-taking strategies for the Reading for Understanding (RFU) and Reading Assessment (DRP) exams.
  • Test Proctoring: Need to take a test outside of your usual class time? Make an appointment today.

Web Resources

  • Vocabulary.com: Online vocabulary flashcards based on your reading level.
  • Townsendpress.net: Reading, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation exercises.
  • Totalreader.com: Readings and brief tests to help with vocabulary and reading comprehension improvement. You can purchase this app online or use it the ECC Library.
  • Learnersdictionary.com: Online dictionary with easy-to-understand definitions.
  • Studyblue.com: Create flashcards and notes, track your progress, and test your skills. Also available as a mobile app!
  • Typingweb.com: Improve your typing skills.
  • Imtranslator.net: Tools for second-language students, including pronouncing words, translating, keyboard help, and more.

Expert Advice from the SEA Success Center

15 Easy Ways to Increase Your Vocabulary

Check it out.

Strategies for Answering Reading Questions

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How to Comprehend What You're Reading

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Tips for Improving Vocabulary

Find out more.

Questions? Contact Us

SEA Success Center

310-660-3593 x6729



Schauerman Library, East Basement E36