The Learning Center offers writing tutoring by appointment. To receive tutoring, you must be enrolled in a GCC course that involves writing assignments. All students must obtain a referral from their instructor, counselor, or librarian before getting tutored. We do not provide tutoring for the GCC English placement tests.
All appointments are 30 minutes, and students may schedule two appointments per week on different days. Since we cannot always accommodate same day appointments, please try to make appointments several days in advance. Drop-in tutoring may also be available when writing tutors do not have appointments scheduled.
The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service; tutors are not here to fix papers or ensure that you receive a good grade. Please proofread your paper before working with a tutor.
§ Cancellation Policy
If students need to cancel an appointment, we ask that they give us the courtesy of calling 818/240-1000 ext. 5333 to let us know. This allows the time slot to be made available for another student. If we have to cancel your appointment because of tutor illness or emergency, we will do our best to reschedule an appointment with another tutor and to notify you of the change in advance.
Policy on Admissions and Scholarship Essays
The Writing Center provides tutorial assistance to enrolled GCC students who are composing college admissions or scholarship essays. During these tutoring sessions, tutors must abide by the standards and guidelines set forth during their tutor training; as such tutors may not proofread, complete, correct, or edit these essays. Tutors may simply suggest organizational strategies and structural changes; alert students of chronic grammatical, mechanical, and syntactical errors; and help students understand how to correct their own mistakes.
If a student schedules but does not attend a tutoring appointment, he or she will receive a verbal warning from the Learning Center staff, regardless of the justification, insofar as each no-show disrupts the operation of the Center. Another verbal warning will be issued for the second no-show.
If a student schedules but does not attend a third tutoring appointment in the same term, he or she will not be allowed to schedule another appointment for a period of seven days from the date he or she is notified of the missed appointment.
If a student does not attend a fourth scheduled appointment in the same term, he or she will not be allowed to schedule any more appointments during the term in question and must wait until the subsequent term in order to schedule tutoring appointments, at which time the student has a fresh start and the same series of ramifications as outlined in this paragraph apply.
If a tutor does not honor a tutoring appointment, the Learning Center manager shall handle the violation in accordance with Learning Center policy.
If you have any questions regarding Writing Center policies, please ask one of the Learning Center staff members.
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