The Writing Center at USD

Need help with a paper or writing assignment? We have the tutoring help you need.

USD Writing Center, which is free to all USD students, helps students improve their academic writing. Students may bring work in any stage of completion to the Writing Center, from brainstorming notes to rough drafts to graded essays. 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

The Writing Center tutoring services are free and by appointment, with drop-ins accommodated if appointment slots are open. Tutoring sessions usually last 45 minutes to one hour. At this time we are unable to provide tutoring to online students. Note: The Writing Center is not open during finals, Intersession or Summer Session.

Location: Founders Hall, Room 190B
Hours: Mon-Wed: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thu: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Contact: For an appointment, click here to schedule online. You can also call our direct line at (619) 260-4581, or stop by to speak to a staff member in person.

Our Writing Tutors

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.

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.

Policies and Ethics

Our Tutor Responsibilities 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.