West Sacramento Center Writing Center

Campus Closure Notice

Due to the recent transition to online classes, the West Sac Writing Center will be offering its services to students exclusively via audio and video chat.

Students can schedule appointments with us in the following ways:

When scheduling an appointment, be sure to leave your name, your W-ID number, the reason for your appointment, and a phone number or email address at which we can contact you.

The West Sacramento Writing Center provides students with writing assistance in all disciplines and levels of learning. Our mission is to help them establish the skills necessary to become effective writers.

During our tutoring sessions, students work one-on-one with an Instructional Assistant or student tutor to guide them. This can be included help with the writing process, the pre-writing stage to polishing a final draft. Appointments may be face-to-face or online.

Online Tutoring

How Online Tutoring Works

Online tutoring works just like face-to-face tutoring.

Using Google Hangouts and Google Docs through your Los Rios Gmail, you can meet with a tutor in real time. Just like any appointment in the Writing Center, tutors can help at any stage of the writing process for any class at the West Sacramento Center or at Sacramento City College.

Learning How Online Tutoring Works (Video)

Online Tutoring Hours

Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday to Saturday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Students can schedule appointments with us in the following ways:

Required Equipment

In order to access online tutoring, you will need:

Most newer laptops have both built-in webcams and microphones, and most detachable webcams for desktop computers have built-in microphones. If you don’t have either of these devices, they can be purchased individually at major retailers for a relatively inexpensive price.

The Day of the Appointment

  1. Log into your student Gmail account 5 minutes before your appointment in Google Chrome
  2. Open all documents you’ll want to go over with your tutor
  3. Your tutor will send you a video chat invitation
  4. Accept the invitation
  5. If this is your first time using video chat, Google will ask you to authorize use of your microphone and webcam.
    • If you’re using a browser other than Google Chrome, you may need to install a plugin. Follow the directions on screen.
  6. Once you have authorized the use of the camera and microphone, the video chat will launch.

Preparing for Your Appointment

Upload Your Documents to Google Drive

  1. Click on the “Apps” button in the top right-hand corner of your Student email page (this looks like a small square grid). Select “Drive.”
  2. Click “NEW” to upload a new document from your computer’s files.
  3. Then, click “File upload,” and select the file you want to share with your tutor.
  4. Find and select your documents to upload them. You can upload Word files, PDF files, and/or JPEG files. Your document will be saved in Google Drive for as long as you want until you delete it.

Share Your Documents with a Tutor

  1. In your list of uploaded documents in “Drive,” right-click on the document you wish to share.
  2. Select “Open With.”
  3. Select “Google Docs.”
  4. When the document opens, click on the blue “Share” button at the top right-hand corner of the screen. A box will open that says “Share with others.”
  5. Under “People,” type in the tutor’s email address. You will receive this email address when your appointment is confirmed. Repeat this process for each document you’d like to share with the tutor.

Making an Appointment

Students can schedule appointments with us in the following ways:

Or, you may scroll down and complete the form at the bottom of this page.

We will need the following information when you make your appointment:

  • What class are you getting tutoring in?
  • Who is your instructor?
  • What assignment are you working on?
  • When is it due?

Required Equipment

In order to access online tutoring, you will need:

Most newer laptops have both built-in webcams and microphones, and most detachable webcams for desktop computers have built-in microphones. If you don’t have either of these devices, they can be purchased individually at major retailers for a relatively inexpensive price.

Writing Center Workshops

Each semester, our instructional assistants hold different workshops. The topics of these workshops can cover a variety of topics such as MLA format or even researching tips. Below, you’ll find the schedule. The workshops will always be held at the Writing Center and start at 12pm.

Workshops for Spring 2020
Date Time Workshop Name Instructional Assistant
Tuesday, April 14th 1:00 pm ESL Conversation Hour
(Contact us for future conversation hours)
Becky Reed

Subject to change.

Policies and Guidelines

Our mission is to help you become a better writer.  Therefore, we may not edit or write your assignments for you.

We Will Not

  • Help with take-home midterms or finals without the explicit consent of your instructor.
  • Provide assistance on essays or assignments the same day they are due.
  • Edit your work.
  • Assess or grade your work.

We Can Offer

  • Assistance with pre-writing tasks, such as creating an outline or brainstorming.
  • Revision advice with regards to sentence, paragraph, and/or essay structure.
  • Help identifying patterns of errors.
  • Explanations of grammar rules and concepts.

For a comprehensive and more detailed list of our policies, feel free to download West Sacramento Writing Center Policies (PDF)

Staff

Faculty Coordinator Dana Armstrong

Dana ArmstrongMy name is  Dana Armstrong, and I am the faculty coordinator of the West Sacramento Writing Center.  My education began at Modesto Junior College where I took advantage of several work and study abroad programs. I eventually transferred to U.C. Berkeley where I studied Comparative Literature.  After graduating, I lived in Mexico for five months, studying Spanish and traveling around the country.  I earned my graduate degree from U.C. Davis and have also taken Composition courses at San Francisco State University.  I began my teaching career at Chabot College in Hayward and now have been teaching at Sacramento City College for nearly twenty years. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, swimming, and walking my dog, Dewey.

Campus phone:  916-558-2002
Campus email:  ArmstrD@scc.losrios.edu

Instructional Assistant Ashley Vargas

Ashley VargasHello! My name is  Ashley Vargas. I recently moved to Sacramento from Chico where I completed my Bachelors in English Education from Chico State and received my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. I am currently a master’s student at Sacramento State majoring in TESOL.  Once I graduate, I plan to teach English abroad in South Korea and eventually all over the world. When I’m not at school, doing homework, or working at the WS Writing Center, I enjoy listening to music, exploring the city, trying new food, fostering cats, and swimming. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to come visit at the Writing Center or email me! 

Campus email:  vargasa@scc.losrios.edu

Instructional Assistant Mikenna Sims

Mikenna SimsHello! My name is  Mikenna Sims . I recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach with my Bachelor’s degree in English Education. I now attend Sac State and am pursuing a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a certificate in Teaching Composition. After completing my graduate coursework, I hope to work as an ESL writing instructor at a California community college. When I’m not in class or tutoring at the WSC Writing Center, I like to spend my time gardening, reading, and taking my dog on hikes. If you have any questions—about writing or college-life in general— please do not hesitate to ask!

Campus email:  simsm@scc.losrios.edu

Instructional Assistant Nick Stockman

Nick StockmanHi! My name is Nick Stockman. I graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. For the past four years, I have been substitute teaching in Placer County, working primarily in elementary and middle schools. I now attend Sac State, where I am working towards a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a certificate in Teaching Composition. I’m planning on pursuing a PhD in literature afterwards, which will enable me––hopefully!––to teach English at the university level. When I’m not at school or tutoring at the WSC Writing Center, I’m usually at a coffeeshop reading, in the studio recording music, or at home watching movies. If you have any questions or simply want to talk (about writing, books, music, films, etc.), please feel free to drop in or email me.

Campus email: stockmn@scc.losrios.edu

Master Tutor Becky Reed

Hello there! My name is Becky Reed. I attended and ultimately received my B.S. in Business and Economics from California State University, Hayward. After working for almost 10 years as a Systems and HR Consultant, I decided to follow a personal passion and returned to school to receive a M.A. in English with a focus on literary theory and modern women’s literature from California State University, Sacramento. When I’m not at the WS Writing Center, I am either studying Spanish, sipping coffee with friends at a variety of local coffee houses, pouring wine at a foothill winery, and/or trekking through European countries by way of foot. If you have any questions or just want to chat, even if it’s just about pairing the best wine with your meal, please feel free to come visit me at the Writing Center!

Student Tutor Alex Diamant

Hello! My name is Alex Diamant. I am a current student at Sacramento City College majoring in English with plans to transfer Fall of 2021. I discovered the Writing Center in my ENGWR 300 course last Spring and came in for regular sessions prior to becoming a tutor. When I am not at school or the WSC Writing Center you can find me at the park playing ball with my little dog Zeus, biking through town, or running at the track. I am looking forward to a great semester in class and at the Writing Center!

Student Tutor Matthew Metzger

Matthew MetzgerHi, my name is  Matthew Metzger and I am a current student at Sacramento City College. I am majoring in English and, eventually, I want to enter the field of Technical Writing. I have always had an interest in technology which stemmed from me going to an Engineering & Science focused high school. Besides my interest in technology, I enjoy the great outdoors by going on hikes and camping. Nevertheless, I am a laid back person who is willing to help students with assignments.

Campus email:  w1470007@apps.losrios.edu

West Sacramento Center Writing Center Contact

Email: westsacwritingcenter@gmail.com
Phone: (916) 304-9831

West Sacramento Center Writing Center Hours

Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday to Saturday:
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

West Sacramento Center Writing Center Location

West Sacramento Center WSAC 322, 3rd floor
1115 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691