Services, Policies & Guidelines

What the Writing Center offers:

The Writing Center tutors will assist all SSC students with any step of the writing process from brainstorming to paragraph development and organization to editing.

Appointment or Drop-In:

Students may stop by LIB205 to sign up for an appointment in advance — or they may drop-in to see an available tutor anytime during open hours. [Starting Winter 2020: Students will have the option of making WC appointments online.]

Check-In:

When you arrive to the Writing Center for your conference, you’ll need to sign in at the check-in computer.

What to bring:

Please bring the assignment guidelines sheet from your instructor and your printed written work. (You may print these in the WC if necessary.)

How many visits?

Students are encouraged to visit the WC up to 3 conferences per assignment. (For example, if you have a total of 3 essay assignments in your ENGL101 class, you may come in for three 30 minute conferences per essay — which adds up to 9 conferences.) Returning once or twice for assistance on an assignment is a great way to learn skills from your WC conferences.

Grammar & Editing Assistance:

WC tutors are happy to assist you with grammar, sentence clarity, and other important aspects of editing a final draft, but they cannot correct grammar errors or revise your papers for you. They will offer instruction and valuable feedback, help you to recognize errors and guide you in how to edit your own writing. They will also give you helpful materials to take with you to practice the skills and learn to be a confident, independent writer.

Late Arrivals:

If you are late for your conference, you may need to reschedule or wait for assistance if the Writing Center is busy.

Computers & Printer Available:

Students working on class assignments are welcome to use the computers and printer in the Writing Center even if they're not meeting with a tutor that day. Just sign in at the front desk.

A Quiet Study Space:

In consideration of others, please silence your cell phone and speak quietly in the Writing Center.