is available four days a week
If you are struggling with a writing project, help is available in the
Learning Center. The college offers drop-in hours on Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon;
Tuesdays, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 1
to 3 p.m.
“When students come to the Learning Center, tutors will want to see the
specifics of the assignment from the instructor,” said Julie Wilson, assistant
professor and director of the Writing Center. Students can get assistance with
any writing assignment. Whether you are enrolled in Biology or English, History
or Speech, Chemistry or Business, ESL or Psychology, someone is available to
assist you in planning, researching, organizing and writing your paper. From
the initial brainstorming through the final draft, the tutors in the Writing
Center can support students in the entire writing process.
“In my experience with Cañada students, the most important area writers
need help with is the organization and development of ideas,” Wilson said. “I
often find the need to remind writers that they are responsible for guiding
their audience. They need to consider their reader when they are writing.”
Wilson said students also need help with grammar and mechanics but she
always encourages them to prioritize their ideas first.
For students needing help at the Writing Center, Wilson said it’s
important that they bring a draft of the paper, some scratch paper, and a
pencil or pen. Tutoring appointments run for about an hour. “There’s not enough
time to assist students through every minute step of the essay,” Wilson said.
“Tutors are taught to prioritize their support for students, not necessarily
resolve every issue in every essay. We don’t want to overwhelm students with
corrections, but we want them to focus on their top areas for growth.”
She said students should expect tutors to help them make significant
improvements in their essays, but not perfect it for them. “Our goal is for
students to continually grow in independence as writers.”
Wilson said the earlier students start their essays, the more time they
will have to get feedback from tutors and from friends... so come by the
Learning Center today!