Make an Appointment:
English Department Writing Center tutors are available for one-on-one sessions either by appointment (recommended) or on a walk-in basis (as time allows). You may schedule an appointment in person at the front desk of the Writing Center (in H-102) or by calling 760-744-1150 ext. 2778 during open hours. Please use your real, complete name when making an appointment or signing in at the Writing Center.
English Department Writing tutors are also available at the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) on the San Marcos campus and in Escondido. No appointments are necessary to see a Writing tutor in Escondido. In both locations, you must be a registered student of Palomar College, be working on an assignment for a Palomar College class, and have your Palomar ID number in order to receive tutoring or work independently at an open computer station. The summer hours for the San Marcos campus TLC are Monday through Thursday, 3-6 pm. In order to print out documents, you must put money into your Go Print account, using one of the machines in the Library or Admissions (you will need your ID number, eServices password, and paper money - no coins or credit/debit cards); the cost of printing is 10 cents per page.
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- Bring a writer’s attitude: all writers, even professionals, know the value of interactive feedback during the writing process.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to work with a tutor; tutors can help with all phases of the writing process, from reading a prompt to generating essay topics, developing and focusing ideas, organizing and structuring an essay, documenting research, and polishing your final draft.
- Understand that tutors will not write or edit any portion of your assignment for you; rather, they will work with you to improve your skill in developing and editing your own sentences and ideas.
Be Aware of College and Writing Center Policies
- No food or drink is allowed in the Writing Center.
- You must agree to our Internet and Computer Policies in order to use a computer in the Writing Center.
- Plagiarism is a serious violation of Palomar College's Student Code of Conduct.
You are responsible for knowing how to avoid plagiarizing (See Lesson 1: Do It Yourself Avoid Plagiarism).
Let Us Know How We Are Doing:
Take Advantage of Other Resources:
- For help with research and documentation, see the Palomar College Dashboard: A Student Guide to Using Information Ethically & Accurately.
- For all aspects of academic (college level) writing, check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab or the Dartmouth Writing Program and Re:Writing supported by Bedford St. Martin's. These sites cover everything from deciding on a topic and drafting various types of papers to documenting sources (using MLA, APA or Chicago style) and editing grammar and punctuation.
- For brushing up on the basics (or writing assignments for English 10 or English 50) try Re:Writing Basics (Bedford/St. Martin's).
- If English is not your first language, ESL Tutoring for all subjects is available in room A-13. You can also consult Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing.
- Other useful referances are Merriam-Webster's Dictionary/ Thesaurus/ Encyclopedia, Bartleby's Great Books Online (quotations and literature) and Project Gutenberg's Free eBooks.