Writing Center

Writing Center Learning Outcomes:

In support of the aims for Writing and Reading across the Curriculum (WRAC) at Moorpark College, the Writing Center prepares students to:

  • Identify their individual writing or reading comprehension strengths and weaknesses
  • Use the resources that support their acquisition of college-level syntax and academic literacy
  • Apply strategies for initiating the writing process including identifying or refining a topic, using pre-writing methods, applying an appropriate rhetorical strategy
  • Revise (structure, development, and flow) and edit (grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and format) to improve the quality of their work
  • Comprehend, analyze, and integrate source material in a method appropriate to their disciplines and adhering to ethical codes of source use

Tutoring Hours (Appointments Required):

For most up-to-date appointment hours, see appointment calendar below.

Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday

8:30 am -
7:00 pm

8:30 am -
7:00 pm

8:30 am -
7:00 pm

8:30 am -
7:00 pm

8:30 am -

Services include:  
  → Individual Tutoring → e-mail feedback
  → Workshops → On-line consultations
  → Writing Guides → Directed Learning Activities
  → Supplemental Instruction → Learning Software

Appointments are required for tutoring (same day appointments are often possible).

To make a 45 min appointment with a tutor or faculty consultant, use the scheduling system below:

 Writing Center policies:

  • Arrive 5 minutes early to sign in. 
  • Sessions are 45 minutes.
  • Students are limited to 1 session per day.
  • Students are limited to 2 appointments per week.
  • Students may request up to 12 appointments per semester.
  • A Writing Center Session Report will be sent to your instructor.
  • If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late, the appointment can be given to a drop-by student.

When you come in for an appointment:

• Identify a goal for your consultation/tutoring session.

• Bring your instructor's assignment guidelines (if working on a specific assignment)

• Remember that the consultant's/tutor’s goal is to help a student gain a greater understanding of writing or reading comprehension concepts and skills. The consultant is not permitted to edit (i.e. fix) a student's paper for the student or to complete homework for the student.

Individual Consultations (Tutoring)

The Writing Center has consultants available to work with students one-on-one on writing and study skills. These personalized consultations (i.e. tutoring sessions) are available to all currently enrolled Moorpark College students at no charge (see COL MO5 below).

Writing Center consultants will help students improve writing skills for courses across the curriculum (ex. English, Philosophy, Science, History etc), as well as for personal development or higher educational goals (ex. transfer/admission essays).

While appointments are often assignment driven, we recommend students come in as soon as they become aware of their writing or study/reading needs. The Writing Center consultants can help students discover ways to identify and clarify ideas, refine a topic, outline or map ideas, and develop the skills needed to work independently.

Online Writing Tutoring 

The Writing Center will have a live tutor available from 6-10 p.m. each Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening. Students can log in and have synchronous help on their writing needs during these hours. 

By entering into the online tutoring room, you agree to be enrolled in College M05, a non-credit course called "Supervised Tutoring," which allows the college to provide tutoring services.

If this is your first online tutoring appointment, please log in 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time in order to verify your computer’s capability to run this program. Once you are logged in, make sure you have a copy of your essay to forward to the tutor.

To log on to the tutoring session use this link and follow the instructions

E-Mail Consultations

Students may send a question or an essay/paper to our e-mail at MCWritingCenter@vcccd.edu
Comments offer general feedback on issues you might want to address through your own revision and editing processes. We will only provide feedback 1 time per paper.

When sending a paper/essay, please provide the following required information:

  • Your name and your student ID number
  • The name of the course and the professor's name
  • The type of assignment (examples: narrative essay, research paper, critique etc)
  • Any directions from the instructor about the requirements of the assignment (examples: 5 pages, MLA citation, use classical argument etc)
  • What concerns you might have or your questions about the paper

A consultant will provide brief comments and guiding questions on the essays in order to help students better understand their own grammatical needs and to pinpoint the areas within the writing that may need clarification. The Writing Center responds only ONE TIME per paper.

Please use MS Word if attaching a paper.

Email services are not available when Moorpark College is not in session and during the summer.

COL MO5 "Supervised Tutoring Across the Curriculum"

In Fall and Spring semesters (not summer), students need to enroll in COL MO5, "Supervised Tutoring across the Curriculum," either before they receive Writing Center services or at their first appointments.  COL MO5 is listed under the department called COLLEGE in the catalog.  Students can register at the Writing Center or Math Center.

COL MO5 is a 0 unit course. It is not graded.  It does not appear on transcripts.  It is free to all currently registered Moorpark College students.

Once registered, students gain access not only to our on-site services, but also to our D2L course shell.  COL MO5 registered students can find that shell by logging on to the MyVCCCD student portal and then clicking on My Courses.

Moorpark College is committed to providing an equal opportunity to students, employees, and the public, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.  Please call (805) 553-4850 or see the catalog for more details.