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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
  • Small-group tutorial sessions for groups of 2-4 students. Please note: these MUST be arranged in advance, and all of the students should be working on the same assignment from the same class
  • Workshops on various writing issues
  • Workshops on the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE)

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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 communicate your ideas

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What Happens in a Tutorial Session?

  • In a one-on-one 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 conduct research, write, or edit for students, but they will help you develop those skills for yourself.
  • In a small group session: The session will focus on broader issues such as understanding the assignment, brainstorming, organization, etc. The tutor will not try to read each essay and offer individual feedback but will lead a workshop-style session focused on the needs of the group.

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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 many 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 or practices in tutoring and further develop their skills in teaching writing. Click Here to Learn More About the WRL Staff. Back to Top

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).
  • A student who is more than 10 minutes late will lose the appointment time to any student who wants to “drop-in.” If a student is running late and calls to let us know, we can hold the appointment for up to 15 minutes.
  • Students who do not show, are more than ten 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 not be able to make additional tutoring appointments until they have spoken with the WRL Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator.
  • 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 skill levels, who are from various academic disciplines, and who are at different stages in their writing development. Back to Top

When Should I Visit the Lab?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should visit the WRL. The tutors are happy 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 GWAR Placement Exam (GPE)?
  • 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 revise, proofread, or edit your writing effectively?
  • Do you want to become a better writer?

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What Should I Bring to My Session?

Try to bring all the writing you have done for an assignment to your tutoring session. If your instructor gave you written assignment instructions, bring those so the tutor has a clear idea of what the assignment is. 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. Back to Top

How Do I Make an Appointment?

To make a tutoring appointment, 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 drop in to see if there is an open appointment. (All appointments begin on the hour.) Scheduling in advance, however, is the best way to get an appointment on a given day. If you are making an appointment for a small group, make sure to tell the person at the desk how many people are in the group and what class you are coming in for.

We do not take voice mail requests for appointments; 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 WRL as soon as possible if you need to cancel your appointment, reschedule for another time, or know that you are going to be late.