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Reading & Writing Center

The Reading and Writing Center (aka The Writing Center) is where students can receive one-on-one assistance with their reading, writing, and research processes. This includes citation and evidence use, as well as, revising and editing their own work.

While our tutors can't guarantee a good grade on a paper, tell you what to write or solve all your problems in one session, tutors can help you learn to be a better reader, writer, researcher, editor, and to brainstorm ideas for your paper.

We will provide feedback on many important concerns, including:

  • Organization
  • Clarity
  • Development
  • How well you respond to the prompt
  • How you cite your work

Writing Center Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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English 121

English 121 is a 1-unit supplemental instruction course that students can enroll in for the semester. In this course, students choose a day and time to meet with their tutor to work on their reading, writing, and research assignments. Topics could include understanding assignments, prewriting, revising, reading strategies, editing strategies, integrating research, and using citations, etc. Students must sign up for a an in-person or synchronous tutoring session time during the first two weeks of the semester at the University Reading & Writing Center before enrolling in English 121. Once students set up their English 121 appointment with a GAC, they will receive the course code to enroll in English 121. To receive the 1-unit credit, students must attend their weekly 55-minute tutoring session regularly and are required to make up any missed appointments. English 121 is delivered in-person and synchronously.

How to Enroll in English 121, beginning the first day of each semester:

  • Email, and provide your name, your student ID number, and a list of times you are available to meet online. Include your interest to enroll in English 121 and the kinds of reading and/or writing assistance you are interested in receiving. You may also come to the Writing Center to enroll.
How to Access Your Virtual Tutor
  • Once your virtual tutoring request has been processed and you have been paired with your tutor, you will receive access to the Reading and Writing Canvas course. Access the Canvas course, look for your tutor's name and access their page. Virtual tutors use Google Docs to conduct the tutor session, so be prepared to share your written work using Google Docs.

Our Services

The Reading & Writing Center offers in-person and drop-in tutoring services, as well as virtual (synchronous) tutoring and asynchronous (email) feedback.

  • 25 and 55-minute one-on-one in-person and remote synchronous tutoring (via Zoom)
  • 25 and 55-minute one-on-one in-person and remote synchronous drop-in tutoring
  • Email (asynchronous) feedback with a 48-hr turnaround via email.

We will begin scheduling tutoring appointments on February 5, for Spring 2024. Please email: Tutoring appointments and asynchronous appointments will be scheduled through email at this time.

Scheduling In-Person, Synchronous Tutoring, Drop-In Tutoring, and Email Feedback

If you want a tutoring appointment, please visit the Writing Center in Calaveras Hall 128 or email us at Please provide your preference for in-person, synchronous, drop-in tutoring, or email feedback, and include your name, student ID number, and a list of times you are available to meet with a tutor in your email request.

We encourage you to give us a try – our goal is to help you become a better writer!

Please note: We can’t fix or proofread entire papers. We will add a note if we see recurring grammar issues, but we recommend that you always read your paper out loud to yourself to improve grammar and clarity!

Become a Tutor

Students who complete ENGL195A/410A, the Writing Center internship course, are eligible to work as paid tutors the following semester.

The prerequisite for ENGL195A/410A is a grade of "B" or better in either ENGL20 or ENGL120 or a Writing Intensive course.