If sitting down to put words on paper gives you anxiety, don’t despair – the Writing Center can help.
Get started with a writing prompt. Organize your ideas for a term paper. Learn all about MLA and APA citation styles. El Camino’s experienced tutors can help you make your writing stand out.
All our tutoring is drop-in – no appointment necessary! Just log in to our Zoom waiting room – you’ll meet individually and privately with the next available tutor. (You might have to wait a few minutes, depending on how busy we are, but we’ll try to keep the wait to a minimum.)
Be sure to have all your files, like assignment sheets and draft pages, easily available, and write down any specific question so you don’t forget to ask.
Open September 13 - December 10
or in Zoom, use meeting ID 297-132-6656
Zoom Password: writing
Monday: 9 am - 6 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 9 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm
Friday: 9 am - 3 pm
To arrange a drop-in tutoring conference, log in to our Zoom no later than 30 minutes prior to closing.
Need guidance about grammar, sentence structure, or citations? Email your specific questions to us, and a tutor will get back to you quickly, usually within two working days.
If you have more complex questions such as, “Is this a good thesis for my essay?” or “Can you give me your thoughts on this draft?” we’ll to direct you to the Zoom waiting room for a one-on-one session. Email Your Question
|Tutors Can’t…||But They Can…|
|Line edit your entire paper for you.||Help you spot and correct frequent errors.|
|Predict your grade.||Help you maximize your assignment’s potential.|
|Write or rewrite sections of your paper.||Brainstorm ideas for changes or additions.|
|Explain your professor’s comments.||Refer you to your instructor for clarification.|
|Be an expert on your specific topic.||Talk it through and help you organize it.|
|Work with you for an infinite length of time.||Invite you to return after you’ve made progress.|
Throughout the semester, we offer a variety of virtual (Zoom) workshops led by tutors and/or faculty members. We cover topics from essay format and development to editing techniques, and more.
Workshops are open to all students – just join us and learn! (Click links below for fall workshop flyers)
We assign a tutor to every section of English 1AS to assist your class specifically. Your embedded tutor works closely with your professor to make sure you can meet all the expectations for quality writing.
If you’ve never worked with a tutor before, here’s what to expect.
Ideally, you should attend your tutoring session with your draft in progress, the assignment sheet and/or parameters given to you by your professor, and some specific questions for your tutor about how we can help you.
That said, if you have less than this, we’ll work hard to make the most of our time together – if you have nothing, we’ll help you brainstorm and get started. The key is to have some ideas about what you’d like to accomplish in your session.
The more time you allow between your tutoring session and the assignment’s due date, the more we can help you refine your work, and the more valuable your session will be.
As much as possible, try to plan ahead so that you can really think about your tutor’s advice, make changes based on it, and maybe even come back for another session!
Tutors aren’t miracle workers, and this isn’t Hogwarts. Keep in mind that your session can’t last forever, and you may not get to cover everything you had hoped for.
A tutor’s job is to help you learn and, as a result, be more independent, not to wave their magic wands and just “fix” things.
The Writing Center is meant for all students, not just those who are struggling. Every semester, we see a wide variety of students with all manner of writing abilities. Not everyone loves to write, and that’s OK.
But we believe that everyone can be good at it, and we will always strive to share that positivity with you. You can do it, and we can help!