FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Writing & Language Development Center (WLDC) offers student-centered instructional support for Yuba College students in writing at any stage of the writing process. We work with any kind of writing assignment, not just English but any academic course with a writing component. We also support academic reading, offering active reading strategies and tips to increase comprehension, retention, and fluency. Our services include reading and writing support for English language learners.

Who can use the WLDC?

You must be currently enrolled in YCCD and attending a class with a reading or writing requirement either online or at any district campus or center. This includes those taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, those enrolled in online courses, and students attending Beale, Sutter, Woodland, Lake, or Colusa campuses.

What services does the WLDC offer?

Tutoring Services include the following:

  • Drop-in Tutoring: You can drop into our center during our services hours and work with an available tutor.
  • One-Time Appointments: You can reserve a specific time and date to receive a 50-minute tutoring session.
  • Regular Appointments: You can schedule weekly appointments with a tutor for the entire semester. This is a great way to stay on top of your schoolwork.
  • Group Tutoring: You can schedule group tutoring with your classmates. Students must be in the same course to do this.

Do I need an appointment?

You may not need an appointment (depending on time of day and our staffing levels), but we recommend making an appointment 24 hours or more ahead of time to reserve a time that works best for you. Our busiest times are from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although drop-ins are usually available, we always prioritize appointments over drop-ins.

What do I need to bring?

Bring the instructions for your writing assignment. If you haven’t yet written a draft, that’s fine. If you do have a draft of your paper, bring it. If your instructor has made written comments, bring those. Bring any texts, articles, or class notes that may be helpful. If you are working on a college application or scholarship essay, bring a copy of the writing prompt.

Will I be working with someone one-on-one?

Most of the time you will be working one-on-one with a writing tutor. However, we encourage small-group appointments, so you may be sharing an appointment with classmates; no appointment is considered exclusive. We like the dynamic of group work. It’s more interesting to hear what your classmates are thinking, planning, and writing than to just listen to the advice of a writing assistant. In a group you tend to generate more ideas and think things through more thoroughly. The result is more thoughtful papers and better writing.

How long do appointments last?

Appointments start at the top of the hour and last 50 minutes. This should leave you (and your writing tutor) enough time to get to your next class.

Will you proofread my paper?

No. Because we want to foster independence, we do not proofread or edit papers. However, we will help you improve your own proofreading and self-editing skills by helping you identify error patterns in your writing and showing you how to find and correct them.

If you wish, we can also show you how to use Kurzweil 3000 text-to-speech software as a proofreading tool.

What if I can’t make my appointment? What if I’m late?

To cancel or let us know you’re running late, please call the Writing & Language Development Center at (530) 740-1709. If we are unable to pick up, leave a voice mail message. To get the most out of your appointment, show up on time. Your writing assistant may need to go to class or to his or her next appointment when your appointment hour is over. If you don’t show up within fifteen minutes, you may forfeit the appointment; we will assign your tutor to someone else.

If you frequently miss or cancel appointments, you will not longer be able to make an appointment.

Who are the WLDC writing tutors?

Most of our tutors are students taking classes at Yuba College. They have completed English 1A with an A or B and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. After being recommended by their English instructors, they must apply for the position and enroll in a formal training course before they begin tutoring. Aside from their qualifications and training, the tutors are as varied as the student body itself: they pursue majors in health professions, business, administration of justice, veterinary technology, computer science, political science and yes, sometimes even English.

What do the writing tutors do?

WLDC writing tutors offer advice and make suggestions on how you can develop as a writer. We help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your paper and discuss strategies to leverage its strong points and strengthen its weak ones. We also address questions you have about grammar rules as they relate to your writing assignment.

Can I expect to get a better grade on my paper after working with a writing tutor?

We do not guarantee or estimate grades. It is the role of your instructor to evaluate your work and assign it a grade. We want you to be confident that your revised drafts are better than your first drafts–that you’re growing in writing proficiency and authentic competence.

What technology resources do you have?

Technology resources at the WLDC include the following:

  • 10 student computer stations (for academic, language-arts use)
  • Kurzweil 3000 text-to-speech software, an auditory-visual way to read, compose, or proofread
  • Jaws, a screen reader for the visually impaired
  • A private accessible station equipped with Kurzweil, Jaws, and Dragon as well as a dedicated scanner