Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Writing tutors are happy to work with you at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing. A writing tutor can help you even if you’ve just started thinking about a paper and haven’t written a single word!

Bring your essay instructions and any notes, outlines, or drafts. Before you see a writing tutor, you may want to make a list of specific questions and issues you’d like to discuss. 

If you have a printed copy of your essay, that’s great. If not, the Writing Support Center has computers and laptops for you to use during your session. 

Yes! Tutors provide instructional guidance to help students learn to identify and correct their grammatical errors. We also have user-friendly software for independent study. 

A writing tutor will not proofread your entire essay; instead, a tutor will help you learn to identify issues so you can become an effective proofreader of your own work.

Yes! The Writing Support Center strives to make materials and activities accessible to all participants. Please indicate on the Penji appointment form anything we can do to make your session more successful and/or contact the Writing Support Center in advance to make arrangements. 

If you visit a writing tutor for an individual session, your writing tutor will send you a post-session email that provides a brief summary of your session. If you attend a Zoom workshop, you will not receive a post-session email, so it is best to take a screenshot during the workshop to keep as your receipt of attendance. You can forward any required proof of attendance to your instructor. The Writing Support Center provides student attendance reports for all English 101 and ESL 110 classes that have embedded tutoring.

You can make one 60-minute appointment per day and up to four appointments per week. 

To cancel your appointment, log into Penji and click on your appointment. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of your appointment to cancel. 

Missed appointments create an issue in the Writing Support Center because they prevent other students from accessing tutoring. If you miss two appointments, your Penji account will be locked and you will not be able to make further appointments. If your account is locked, please email so an administrator can assist you.

We don't have a wait list, but we do have drop in tutoring anytime! If you are unable to schedule an appointment at a convenient time, please log into Penji and click on "Drop in for tutoring or join the Writers' Room" and we will help you if a tutor is available. 

Writing Support Center

Office Hours and Location

Online & In Person (unless noted)

Fall & Spring

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:00AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesdays: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturdays: 10:00AM - 1:00PM (online only)
Sundays: Closed

Winter & Summer

Mondays: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Tuesdays: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Wednesdays: 12:00PM - 7:00PM
Thursdays: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Fridays: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed


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Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2720
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Apply to be a Writing Tutor!
Get more info and apply on the Writing Tutor Application link.


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Get more info and apply on the Writing Support Student Worker Application link.