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Welcome to the Writing Center!

 

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Writing Center is closed to the public. However, the Writing Center is online and our tutors are here to help you with any writing assignment! 

 

The Writing Center is open M-TH 9-5 and F 9-3, so be sure to visit us online via Canvas! For more information, see below!

 

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.

Please note: The Writing Center will be closed 2/15 (Presidents' Day), 4/2 (Spring Break Day), 4/12-4/16 (Spring Break), and 5/31 (Memorial Day). Also, the Writing Center will be closed until 1 p.m. on 2/26 (All College Day).

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are held on ConferZoom (accessed via the "Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101" tile on Canvas) 11-12 and 3-4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 12-1 on Fridays.

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 “ConferZoom” 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:

  • 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 close early 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

 

Last Updated 2/17/21