Student Learning Center

Writing Center

Writing Services Are Closed for the summer. Services will resume in August.

What can we help you with today?

The Writing Center provides free, one-on-one writing tutoring to enrolled Chico State students. Our services are offered through Zoom.  We are here for writers of all levels and abilities. Even advanced writers can benefit from seeing a writing tutor. Whether you’re brainstorming, writing, revising or making sure your writing flows, our tutors would love to support you. You don’t even have a draft. We’ll be right there with you to help you write one!

What We Do

  • Help you understand and meet writing assignment requirements
  • Help you plan and get started on writing
  • Discuss your ideas and help you develop them
  • Help you set and meet priorities for revision
  • Help you learn and apply rules for grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure

 What We Don’t Do

  • Proofread and edit your essay
  • Write your essay for you
  • Take the place of your instructor or professor
  • Guarantee you’ll get high grades on your writing
  • Quickly fix your essay without your involvement

We are open Monday through Friday (with the exception of holidays and academic breaks). You can schedule a Zoom appointment with a writing tutor for one hour, or you can see a tutor today for 30 minutes.  If you can’t see a tutor on Zoom, you can also submit your draft for feedback from writing tutors.

How does the Writing Center work?

The Writing Center employs 8 to 15 faculty-recommended peer tutors who are trained to provide feedback on writing. To see a writing tutor, schedule a one-hour appointment or a 30-minute drop-in session. This service is provided free to enrolled Chico State students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to use the Writing Center often. 

Here are some of the writing assignments we have helped students with in the past:

  • Essays and research papers
  • Literature reviews
  • Scholarship applications and essays
  • Personal statements for grad school
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Lab reports
  • Blog posts
  • Presentations
  • Proposals

We also work closely with other offices and programs on campus, including the Career Center and ESL Support Services

Writing Center Usage Policies and Limitations

The limitations listed below will be strictly enforced and are put in place to ensure writing tutor availability.

Writing Appointments – These are guaranteed 1-hour tutoring sessions scheduled at least a day in advance with a tutor. Appointments can also be scheduled to recur weekly, allowing you to work with the same tutor every week throughout the whole semester. 

  • One appointment per day.
  • Two appointments per week.
  • CANNOT be conjoined with a Drop-in tutoring session on the same day. 

Drop-in Tutoring – These are same-day, 30-minute sessions. They are first-come, first-served.  . 

  • Limited to 30 minutes – If no one else is waiting, then these sessions can be extended to 1 hour.
  • One drop-in per day – These are not guaranteed sessions and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Two drop-ins per week.

Online Essays 

  • Must be submitted at least 3 days in advance.
  • One submission per week.
  • Eight submissions per semester.
  • Limited to five pages - Feedback for online essays are limited to the first five pages (double-spaced in 12 point font or two and a half single-spaced pages) of a submission. Students are still allowed to submit essays that are more than five pages in order to provide context for the tutor, but please keep in mind that only the first five pages of the submission will be reviewed.

What can we help you with today?

What Students Have Said About Their Experiences at the Writing Center

“The paper was full of unfamiliar medical terms, but the tutor was not intimidated. He was still able to check the flow and to make sure that I was addressing the issues and following the rubric. He understood what I needed to accomplish in an hour and did not waste time. He focused on the important aspects so that I left feeling like I knew exactly what areas needed adjustment.”

“She challenged my ideas to ensure I had an essay with a quality direction. She supported my ideas and gave me confidence.”

“Super nice, helped me determine what topics and sentences to eliminate and helped me to discuss relevant topics more in depth rather than listing topics. Gave me good feedback regarding what fits the prompt.”

“She provided me with lots of information about APA, how to form my ideas and organize my thoughts. It really helped restructure my essay and improve my thought process.”

Frequently Asked Questions

When will tutoring start?

Tutoring will start on Monday, February 1st, 2021.

How does drop-in work?

See this video(opens in new window) for how drop-in works. 

How does the draft submission service work?

Fill out our submission form(opens in new window). Tutors will provide feedback on your draft and return it to you as a Google Doc within 3 days. 

When can I submit my draft for feedback?

The submission form for drafts will open Monday, February 1st, 2021.

How do I see a tutor?

All services are provided through Zoom. You can choose between a one-hour appointment or a 30-minute drop-in session. One-hour appointments cannot be scheduled on the same day. Once you have scheduled your appointment or drop-in session, you will receive an email with a Zoom link.

Who are the tutors?

Writing tutors are also Chico State students. They are hired based on their experience, faculty recommendation, writing samples, GPA, and an interview. Writing tutors go through College Reading and Learning Association training and receive at least 10 hours of pre-semester training in tutoring methodology. They are also observed during the semester and receive feedback from the Writing Center Coordinator and mentor tutors. 

Do you have tutors in every subject?

The Writing Center is not equipped to hire writing tutors in every subject. However, all of our tutors are trained to provide feedback to a diverse range of writing. 

Can I schedule an appointment every week?

Yes. 

How long are appointments?

Appointments are one hour long.

How many appointments can I get a week?

Two

How many drop-ins can I get a week? 

Two

Can international students use the Writing Center?

Definitely!

Can students still get a confirmation slip from the Writing Center for extra credit?

If your professor is offering extra credit or requiring a visit to the Writing Center for an assignment, we will verify the visit with them by sending an email confirmation.  We ask that you notify your tutor of a need for verification and fill out a form during your visit.  Confirmation emails will be sent out weekly on Mondays.

Can the Writing Center come in a speak to my class about services?

Absolutely.  Please fill out this Request Form(opens in new window) and we will contact you about scheduling a class presentation.

Do you have any other questions about writing tutoring? If yes, please email Jenni Bolte, Writing Center Coordinator, at jlbolte@csuchico.edu(opens in new window).

Other Writing Centers and Writing Resources at Chico State

There are many writing support services across the Chico State campus. If our tutoring services do not meet your needs, or if you would like to see what other kinds of tutoring are available, here is a list. Simply click on the link for more information. 

ESL Support Services

History Writing Cooperative

School of Social Work Student Writing Resources

Subject Librarians(opens in new window) (who can help you with research for your paper)

Research Subject Guides from the Meriam Library(opens in new window)

Career Center