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The Writing Center

The Writing Center is open! 619-260-4581 is our direct phone line.
Please visit us NOW as we close on the last day of classes, Friday, December 12th at 2:00pm.
We are not open during Finals.

We're located in Founders Hall 190B, 619-260-4581. Scroll down for hours.

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USD Writing Center tutors help students improve their academic writing. Students are tutored individually by their peers in all phases of the writing process, including:

  • understanding a text
  • thinking critically
  • generating paper topics
  • developing and focusing ideas
  • organizing information
  • refining and expanding ideas
  • grammar and punctuation

Students may bring work in any stage of completion to the Writing Center, from brainstorming notes to rough drafts to graded essays. Our staff includes tutors experienced in working with students for whom English is a second language and with graduate students working on small and large writing projects. The Writing Center provides services free to all USD students.

All Writing Center tutors are recommended by USD faculty. Tutors study a wide variety of academic majors. All tutors must complete an intensive initial training program before they begin work in the Center. Tutors also attend weekly training workshops throughout the semester.

Although tutors won’t "fix" your paper, they are experts in helping you meet your goals for all your written projects.

Tutoring is free and by appointment, with drop-ins accommodated if appointment slots are open. Tutoring sessions usually last 45 minutes to one hour.

Our Tutor Responsibilties and Code of Ethics outlines the philosophical foundations that the USD Writing Center and our tutors are committed to foster. In addition, the USD Writing Center Policies articulates the expectations and standards that we promote.

We are located in Founders of tutoring helping student
For an appointment, stop in or call (619) 260-4581

Our hours are:
Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to noon, and 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 2:00pm

The Writing Center closes for Fall Semester on Fri, Dec 12, 2014, at 2:00pm.
Note: The Writing Center is not open during finals, Intersession, or Summer.

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Other USD Tutoring Centers:
Logic Center
Math Center