Writing Center at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Writing Center

Overview

Welcome Back!

The Writing Center is open and continues to offer essay conferences in-person and via Zoom. English instructors are available for one-on-one essay conferences in the Writing Center and via Zoom during the day and via Zoom in the evenings. At the Writing Center we have resources (computers, printers, study space) for student use. Please come by and take a look during our Open Hours. 

Students in English Composition classes (100,105, 110, 165, 850) can sign up for two conferences per week using Accudemia, which will be available for Summer sign-ups on Monday, June 13th. Essay conferences for the Summer Session begin Wednesday, June 15th.

When you select "New Appointment" in Accudemia you will see the available times, instructors, and the instructor’s method of communication, either in-person in the Writing Center or using Zoom.

Any CSM student, including students not enrolled in an English course, can also request a conference by calling the Writing Center at 650-574-6436 or emailing us at csmtwc@smccd.edu.

The Writing Center has a Canvas Page. There you can find the link to Accudemia, instructions and our English Composition Tutorials. Each tutorial covers a specific skill and has exercises in a fillable PDF file.

Do you have questions for the Writing Center? Please come by during our open hours, call us at (650) 574-6436 or email us at csmtwc@smccd.edu.

Contact Us


Writing Center
North Hall Building 18, Room 104
csmtwc@smccd.edu
(650) 574-6436
Days Open Hours Virtual Appts
Monday 8 am - 4 pm Closed
Tuesday 8 am - 4 pm 4 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 4 pm 4 pm - 6 pm
Thursday 8 am - 4 pm Closed
Friday Closed Closed
About Us
CSM's Writing Center is distinctive among California's community colleges and universities because of the excellent quality of tutoring. At CSM, only English composition instructors help students with their writing during one-on-one conferences—unlike other centers staffed by student tutors, instructional aides, or graduate assistants.The Writing Center has provided this service for CSM students for more than twenty years. 

What happens during an Essay Conferences?
Students can work with our instructors on essay organization, planning and outlining, brainstorming, thesis statements, understanding your writing assignments, using quotations, summarizing and paraphrasing readings, sentence fluency and coherence, topic sentence and paragraph focus, grammar and proofreading and developing essays. If you have questions about how essay conferences work, check with the staff in the Writing Center. We are here to help.

What resources does the Writing Center offer?
 
In addition to conferences, during our center's open hours, students can use computers, printers, DVD or VHS players; a library of literature, film, textbooks, and reference materials; and tutorials on specific writing skills.

Who can use the Writing Center?
When campus is open, all CSM students can use the Writing Center; it is a quiet and comfortable place to study.