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What Services Does the WRL Offer?

The WRL offers the following services free of charge to currently enrolled CSULB students:

  • 45 minute, one-on-one writing tutorial sessions.
  • Peer Response Group and Grammar Group tutorial sessions (prior arrangement necessary).
  • Workshops on various writing issues.
  • Computers with WordPerfect 6.0 and the WPE prep study guide.

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What Can the Lab Do to Help Me?

Tutors in the WRL can help you:

  • generate ideas for writing assignments.
  • clarify the purpose and structure of a paper.
  • fully develop your ideas.
  • make your writing clear or easier to read.
  • identify grammar problems you may have.
  • improve your proofreading and editing skills.
  • use writing reference sources (e.g., grammar handbooks, MLA and APA guides).
  • develop your writing process (and thus your confidence) so you can better “say what you mean.”

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What Happens in a Tutorial Session?

You and a tutor work side-by-side for 45 minutes, discussing your ideas and your writing, identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and developing the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the confidence to become a more effective communicator. Tutors do not “ghostwrite,” or conduct research, or co-author papers. And while they also do not edit or proofread papers for students, they will help you develop those skills for yourself.

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Who Are the Tutors?

Tutors in the Writer’s Resource Lab are CSULB undergraduate and graduate students interested in helping other students become better writers. They are all excellent writers, and most are preparing for careers teaching writing at the high school, community college, or university level. In fact, some are tutoring and teaching writing courses simultaneously. All of our tutors are required to participate in on-going training so that they are aware of current issues/practices in tutoring and can further develop their skills in teaching writing.

Click Here to Learn More About the WRL Staff.

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How Many Appointments Can I Make?

To ensure fair access to the WRL’s services, we adhere to the following rules concerning tutoring appointments.

  • Students are limited to one appointment a day and a maximum of two a week (except for walk-ins when a tutor is available).
  • Any student who is more than 5 minutes late for a tutoring appointment will have his/her appointment time given away to a student who walks in.
  • Students who do not show, are more than five minutes late, or cancel less than an hour prior to an appointment time are considered “no shows.”
  • Students with two or more “no shows” will only be able to receive tutoring during “drop-in” hours or as a “standby” to fill an appointment slot for another student who has not shown.
  • Students who consistently fail to show for appointments or cancel less than an hour prior to the appointment time may lose their tutoring privileges.

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For What Classes Can I Go to the WRL?

The simple answer to this is any class, as long as there is some type of writing task assigned. The WRL tutors are trained to work with students who are at different grade levels, who are from various academic disciplines, and who are at different stages in their writing development.

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When Should I Visit the Lab?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should visit the WRL. The Lab’s tutors are anxious to share their expertise and help you become a more efficient and effective writer. Any time prior to the actual day an assignment is due is a good time to visit the WRL.

  • Have you been given an essay assignment but do not know how to begin?
  • Do you have some ideas for an essay that you would like to discuss?
  • Do you want to discuss a rough draft of an essay with a knowledgeable, experienced writer?
  • Are you nervous about taking the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)?
  • Do you feel a little unsure about the letter of application you’ve written to graduate school?
  • Have you received an essay back from your instructor with comments for revision?
  • Do you want to learn how to edit your writing effectively?
  • Do you want to become a better writer?

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What Should I Bring to My Session?

If possible, bring all the writing you have done for an assignment with you to your tutoring session. It also helps to bring along the instructor’s assignment in case it is needed for reference. If you don’t have either of these, it is still OK to visit the WRL. Simply talking about your ideas with a tutor is often all you will need on a first visit.

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How Do I Make an Appointment?

To make a tutoring appointment, you may call the WRL at (562) 985-4329 or stop by the Lab in LAB-206 during the hours we are open. You are welcome to walk in to see if there is an open appointment slot (all appointments begin on the hour) and a limited number of “drop-in” hours are available each semester. Scheduling appointments in advance, however, is the only way to make absolutely sure you will get a session on a given day.

Voice mail requests for appointments are not honored; however, you can leave a voice mail message if you are canceling an appointment.

Out of courtesy to the staff and to other students, please notify the Lab as soon as possible if you need to cancel your appointment, reschedule for another time, or know that you are going to be late.