Writing Services in the SASC

Serving UC Davis students

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    Dutton Hall Writing Services

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    Writing Services are open to all students

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    Come in with questions

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    We are here to help with all types of writing

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Main Office: 2205 Dutton Hall
Phone: 530-752-2013
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Get started early in the quarter with drop-in tutoring for writing. Trained student tutors are available to help with any writing assignment in 2205 Dutton Hall, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday and in 3230 Dutton Hall on Sundays, 3–7 p.m.

Simply drop in, sign in and have a seat in the waiting area. Your name will be called when a tutor is available. Remember to bring a paper copy of the assignment you wish to review with the tutor. Just like drop-in tutoring for math and science, you may see drop-in writing tutors as often as you need.

Frequently Asked Questions About Working With an SASC Writing Specialist or Writing Tutor

What services do you have for UC Davis students?

There are three main writing services for undergraduate students:

  • Individual appointments to see a Writing Specialist for feedback on a course essay or a scholarship essay
  • Drop-in writing assistance with peer writing tutors
  • Co-courses partnered with classes like WLD 57

Expectations

  • We can only serve currently enrolled students
  • Appointments are booked through Oasis
  • We can only work with students on assignments (no graduate school personal statements)
What services do you have for faculty and staff?

The Writing Group in Academic Assistance and Tutoring is happy to partner with faculty and staff through the following services:

  • In-class presentations on writing services (10-15 minutes)
  • In-class writing workshops (see our list of topics below)
    • Please be advised that these workshops take about 2-3 weeks to coordinate
  • Workshops in partnership with a campus center or organization

If you would like more information, please contact Lead Writing Specialist Kevin Sitz: kwsitz@ucdavis.edu

If you would like a specialist to visit your class, please visit our interest form.

How do I book appointments with writing specialists?

Writing and ESL Specialists are available to meet one-on-one with students to help with writing in all disciplines. 

In order to provide more access to students, we have decided to transition to a new Online Appointment System. Effective September 21, 2015, all appointments will be made through this appointment system

PLEASE VIEW THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CAREFULLY BEFORE SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT WITH A WRITING SPECIALIST, ONLINE:

Master Calendar for All Specialists (This link will take you to the Online Writing Appointment site)

If you have further questions, please contact the Front Desk via email at:

SASC-frontdesk@ad3.ucdavis.edu

We will do our best to respond to your email within 2 business days.

NOTE:Please have a paper copy ready. Laptop, USB Drive or other electronic copies are difficult to work with and will only allow us to have a general discussion about your essay. If you want us to look at your essay and receive more specific feedback (e.g., grammar), you should print your essay at one of our campus’ computer labs.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The SASC will no longer be offering personal statement appointments for graduate or professional school; we will see students for scholarship essays. Please call 530-754-8409 if you have questions or concerns.

What are the policies for working with a writing specialist?
Please bring a paper copy of your essay to your appointment

Appointments are limited to 10 per quarter

Students may only have one specialist appointment once per day

You may book your appointment as early as 48 hours in advance

Appointments are restricted to course work only

You must cancel your appointment at least 2 hours before the appointment time to avoid being restricted from the system for 7 days

NO SHOWS or LATE CANCELLATIONS will be restricted from signing up for a period of 7 days after the missed appointment

You must indicate the course name and number under "Reason Required" (e.g., WKLD57, ENL3, UWP104, etc.)

Appointments will start on time; check with the Writing Specialist upon arrival to your appointment no more than five minutes early

Please check your email prior to your appointment in case your specialist needs to cancel or reschedule. If there is a cancellation, please feel free to sign up with another specialist; we apologize for any inconvenience

Specialists reserve the right to cancel appointments if they are out sick

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If you have further questions, please contact the Front Desk via email at:
SASC-frontdesk@ad3.ucdavis.edu

We will do our best to respond to your email within 2 business days.

How does drop-in writing assistance with an undergraduate tutor work?

Writing Drop-In is available in 2205 Dutton Hall

Trained student tutors are available on a drop-in basis to help with writing in all disciplines.

To sign up for writing drop-in, come by 2205 Dutton Hall and sign in on the clipboard. Have a seat in our waiting area until your name is called to see an available tutor. Please bring a paper copy of the assignment you wish to go over with the tutor. Electronic copies will not be accepted. 

Good News: You may see drop-in tutors on an unlimited basis per quarter.

What is your workshop and class schedule?
You can find a list of our workshop (updated quarterly) by going to the Writing and ESL Workshop page.
Where do I find the Aggie Grammar Guide?
You can study solutions to frequent grammar errors on our Aggie Grammar Guide page.These exercises were developed by our writing specialists.
What kinds of classes or workshops do you offer?

Co-class and First-Year Seminars

The Student Academic Success Center is currently offering a 1 unit Pass/No-Pass class to support student writers taking Workload 57 (the Entry Level Writing Requirement course). In this class, we will learn strategies to help you do well on writing you’ll do in WLD 57, including reflecting on your writing process, practicing grammar, and preparing for the WLD 57 final exam. You will also get an opportunity to get feedback from your peers and the instructor on your WLD 57 assignments. By the end of this course, you will have effective tools to construct convincing arguments and recognize the value of writing.

Workshops

All registered students are welcome to attend the various writing and ESL workshops we hold during the quarter.  Topics include Prewriting, Strategies for In-Class Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism, Grammar and others.  Most writing workshops meet once or twice per quarter, but some workshops meet weekly. Workshops are interactive, allowing students to have their specific questions addressed.

Interested instructors and student groups can request a workshop for their class, and our menu of writing workshop topics appears below. Please contact Kevin Sitz for more information at 754-8409.

Giving credit where credit is due: This workshop focuses on when and how to cite sources in academic writing. The facilitators cover MLA and APA citation styles and introduces students to library resources.

The fear of the blank page: This workshop is for overcoming writer’s block. The facilitator addresses the challenges of writer’s block and provides strategies for how to overcome them.

Finding your voice: This workshop introduces students to argumentation in practice. This interactive workshop focuses on how to formulate and argue a certain position. It helps student develop this crucial skill for position papers and thesis building.

How do I begin?: This session helps with writing punchy introductions. This workshop is designed to help students improve their introduction-writing techniques.

Navigating though the university maze: In this workshop, we discuss time management strategies for undergraduate and graduate students. This workshop is designed to assist both undergraduate and graduate students with time management techniques.

Development and organization - Beyond the 5 paragraph essay: Learn how to move beyond the formula: intro/thesis, three body paragraphs and a conclusion in order to build connections and organize your writing to support more complex ideas and relationships.

Counter arguments, concessions and refutations: Learn how to acknowledge other perspectives on an issue and even concede to valid points while still maintaining your argument, all of which will help you take a fair and balanced approach in your writing.

Peer Revision: Work on your essays in small groups in order  to get feedback for revision. A writing specialist will be on hand to answer specific questions and help with feedback.

WLD 57 Exam Review for English Language Learners: Attend this workshop to learn strategies for writing essays for WLD 57. In particular, we will focus on how to organize and structure your essays and how to handle both out-of-class and in-class essay writing.

UWP 23 Paragraph Mechanics: This workshop focuses on the overall organization of a paragraph. Students will be able to assess strongly constructed paragraphs, and the focus of the session will be on making sure paragraphs flow well for your reader.

UWP 23 Grammar Review: Attend this workshop to learn about how to use punctuation effectively in your writing. We will focus on learning how to use commas, semicolons, and apostrophes; we may also discuss how to use verbs effectively in your writing. We will focus on using appropriate verb tense, verb form, and strong verbs to make your essays more concise.

UWP 1: Topic, Scope, Question, and Thesis: Come learn how to move from topic to thesis by narrowing your focus and posing questions that lead to thesis options that are appropriate for your assignment requirements, purpose and audience.

Editing: the Paramedic Method: Have your essays been described as wordy or passive? Are you confused about how to edit for concision and clarity? This workshop focuses on shaping up prose to make it more reader-centered and concise. Writers of all levels will practice writing in active voice and cutting unnecessary words or phrases while ensuring clarity. 

Peer Review Group: Come join one, two or all three peer review sessions. We’ll quickly examine how to give effective peer feedback before diving into reading and commenting on peers’ writing. This workshop will provide specific feedback on your writing in order to help guide your revision, so you can better convey your message to the intended audience. Bring three copies of your essay to each workshop.

Book an Appointment With a Writing Specialist

Book an appointment online with a writing specialist. Please note, appointments are limited to 10 per quarter, and students may schedule only one specialist appointment per day. Appointments are restricted to coursework only. You may book your appointment as early as 48 hours in advance. Read "What are the policies for working with a writing specialist?" on this page for detailed information.

We want to track if students are not able to get an appointment. If you have trouble booking an appointment, please report it with this form.

Updates

New Services and Classes: The writing services group is starting a new support course for students who would like to work on sentence-level writing and grammar. If you are interested, please fill out our interest form.

Class Visits: If you would like a writing specialist to visit your class, please visit our interest form.

YouTube: The writing services group now has a YouTube Channel. Please check it out and subscribe for more content!

UWP 21, 22, 23: Please be aware that writing specialists and tutors will not be advising on portfolio cover letters for UWP 21, 22, or 23.

Breaks Between Quarters: Please be advised that appointments with writing specialists will not be available during breaks when the University is not in session (e.g., spring break and winter breaks).