Writing Assistance

Our Services

Book an Appointment With a Writing Specialist or Tutor

  • 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 72 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.
  • Book an appointment online with a writing tutor.
    • As of October 2017, you will be able to book your 30 minute session with a writing tutor online. There will be no need to come and check the clipboard in Dutton Hall to get a space.
    • The button to make a writing tutor appointment is in the same place as the space to make a writing specialist appointment.
    • Appointments can be made up to 10 hours in advance
    • Please bring a printed copy of your essay, and these appointments are for coursework only, and we can only serve degree-seeking undergraduate students at this time.

Announcements

  • Class Visits
    • If you would like a writing specialist to visit your class, please visit our interest form.
  • 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).
    • Writing specialists are also not available to meet with students one on one during the second summer session.
  • Did you miss the WLD 57 exam review session?
    • You can find the review session packet online.

There are four main writing services for undergraduate students:

  • Individual appointments to see a Writing Specialist for feedback on a course essay or a scholarship essay
  • By-appointment writing assistance with undergraduate writing tutors
  • Co-courses partnered with classes like WLD 57
  • The new SASC Writing Studio 
    • The studio will be located in the University House Annex starting October 9, 2017 and it will be a place to work on your writing with resources, which will include tutors and specialists
    • Hours will be 12pm-7pm Mondays through Thursdays

Expectations

  • We can only serve currently enrolled students
  • Appointments with writing specialists are booked through Oasis
  • Specialists can only work with students on assignments or scholarship essays  (no graduate school personal statements)
    • Pre-graduate services are available for students working on personal statements, and there is a pre-graduate writing specialist who you can meet with by appointment.
  • Undergraduate tutors can work with students on all personal statements (except UWP 21, 22, and 23 portfolio reflections)
  • You must bring a printed copy of your essay

Writing Specialist YouTube Channel

Class Descriptions

Workload 57 co-class/co-workshop:  You have the option of two different class styles that offer WLD 57 support.  Both are 1 unit of WLD credit, limited to 7 students, and will supplement what you are learning in WLD 57.  We will practice the writing process, reading and responding to a text, and giving effective feedback.  The co-class is structured as a more traditional class with different weekly writing topics.  The co-workshop will practice the same fundamental skills of reading/responding to a text and peer review each week.


Grammar Class: In Grammar Support for Academic Writing, you will receive individualized, contextualized grammar instruction by working with your classmates and completing writing activities tailored to your interests and needs. You will receive plenty of feedback from your instructor focused on your specific weaknesses.

Writing Studio

Starting on October 9, 2017, we will be launching a new SASC Writing Studio. We will be posting more information to this space as we get closer to the launch of the new space.

Frequently Asked Questions about Writing Help with an SASC Writing Specialist or Writing Tutor

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 writing workshops (see our list of topics below)
  • 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 make an individual appointment with a writing specialist?

Writing and English Language Learner 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 72 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., WLD57, 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 writing assistance with an undergraduate tutor work?

Writing tutors work with UC Davis students in two ways:

1) By-appointment tutoring

  • You may sign up to see a tutor for a 30 minute appointment
  • Check in at 2205 Dutton Hall before your appointment
  • Sign up online through the advising appointment system

2) The Writing Studio

  • Open Mondays through Thursdays from 12pm-7pm
  • All students are welcome to bring any type of writing they are working on
  • Students may stay as long as they like to use the computers, dictionaries, etc.
  • At least two tutors will be present at all times to answer questions
What is your workshop and class schedule?

You can find a list of our workshop (updated quarterly) near the bottom of the Academic Assistance and Tutoring 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.

Fall CO-Classes

Fall Writing Workshops