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Reading & Writing Center

The Reading and Writing Center is where students can receive assistance in writing, 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

Questions?

Please email wc@csus.edu

Writing Center Hours

  • Mon-Thurs 9am-5:30pm; Fri 10am-1pm

Online Tutoring Information

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Fall 2020 Writing Center Information Video

English 121

One-on-one tutoring in reading and writing at the University Reading & Writing Center for a one unit credit. English 121 is synchronous tutoring only. Students work virtually with a Reading and Writing Center tutor during the appointment time that students schedule. Topics could include understanding assignments, prewriting, revising, reading strategies, editing strategies, integrating research, and using citations, etc. Students must sign up for a regular 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.

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

  1. Email wc@csus.edu, 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.
  2. A Graduate Assistant Coordinator (GAC) will set up your English 121 tutor appointment. You will receive an email confirming your weekly hour appointment. You will also receive the course code.
  3. You will use this course code to enroll in English 121 via your Student Center by using the class code that was provided to you in the confirmation email. Note: Registration for this course will begin in week 1 and end in week 4.

Our Services

For Fall 2020, The Reading & Writing Center offers two ways to assist you:

  • 25 and 55-minute remote synchronous one-on-one tutoring via Zoom
  • Asynchronous feedback with a 48-hr turnaround via email.

We will begin scheduling online tutoring appointments on August 31st during our hours of operation. Tutoring appointments and asynchronous appointments begin Monday, September 15th.

Scheduling Synchronous Tutoring via Zoom

If you want a tutoring appointment, please email us at wc@csus.edu, and provide your name, your student ID number, and a list of times you are available to meet online.

A Graduate Coordinator will try to find a tutor during your available times, and you will receive a confirmation email.

Scheduling Asynchronous Tutoring

If you aren't able to find a time to work with a tutor, don't want a zoom appointment, or you can wait a few days to get feedback on your paper, our tutors can provide feedback via email.

For this service, please email us at wc@csus.edu, ask for Asynchronous Tutoring, and provide your name, your student ID number, plus the writing prompt and the most current draft of your assignment.

Our Graduate Coordinator from the Writing Center will facilitate your request and respond within 48 hours.

Please send all requests to the wc@csus.edu address, and not to the tutor, as they will be working on new responses for others.

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.