Welcome to the Writing Center!

The Writing Center is open M-TH 9-7 and Fridays 9-3. We are located in building 21 (Technology Center) room 177. Be sure to visit us online via Canvas or in person. For more information, see below!

Please note: We will be closed on the following days-September 6th, September 10th, November 11th, November 25-26, and December 17th.  

 

SERVICES

The Writing Center is here to help you grow as a writer, and we'll do that by working with you at various points of your writing (and reading) process. We provide suggestions on larger, global issues such as thesis, clarity, organization, and content, but we won't fix your grammar, spelling, or punctuation. We will, however, help you find and fix those small, local issues yourself. For more information about the Writing Center, contact us at (760) 245-4271 ext. 2607.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are held on campus M-TH 11-12, F 12-1 and on Zoom (accessed via the "Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101" tile on Canvas)  3-4 pm. 

Note: If students need to provide proof that they attended a workshop, the presenter of the workshop will provide them with a verification email.

How to access the online workshops:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “VVC Zoom” located on the left
  • Click on the scheduled workshop based on the day and time
  • Click “Join”

 

LIVE TUTORING VIA PISCES ONLINE TUTORING

In addition to workshops, the Writing Center offers live online tutoring. Need help with a  writing assignment, but don't want to wait? Chat with a tutor through Pisces.

How to access the live online tutoring:

*Times subject to staff availability

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “Pisces Online Tutoring” located on the left
  • Scroll down and click on “Writing Center”
  • Click “One-on-one live rooms”

 

PISCES DROP-OFF ONLINE TUTOR

The Writing Center also offers drop-off online tutoring so you can drop off your questions, a paragraph, or an essay to one of our tutors. We will try to respond to your e-mail within 24-48 hours during weekdays. Please allow additional time for weekend requests, remembering that we are closed on Fridays and won't be back online until Monday. 

HOW TO ACCESS THE drop-off online TUTORING:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “Pisces Online Tutoring” located on the left
  • Scroll down and click on “Writing Center”
  • Click “Drop-Off Paper"

*Note that you will receive your tutored paper in your Pisces Writing Locker. To access the writing locker, follow the above instructions and click on "Your Writing Locker." Be sure to check your writing locker 24-48 hours after submitting your paper.

 

DIRECTED LEARNING ACTIVITIES (DLAs)

Directed Learning Activities (DLAs) are faculty-designed exercises that provide students support in key writing and reading concepts. They require a short time limit to complete and require a follow-up session with a tutor after completion. When finished with a DLA, log in to  “Pisces Online Tutoring” (accessed via the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile on Canvas) to get help with it.

How to access the DLAs:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “Modules” located on the left
  • Scroll down and click on “DLAs” underneath “Writing Center”
  • Click the name of a DLA to access it