Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Who may use the
All registered College of Marin
students are eligible to use the Writing Center. English 98 and 120
required to use it 12 hours per semester.
Students of other classes in other
departments are welcome also.
Can I go more than
two hours per week?
Sure. You can go as often as
you want to go.
What do I do in
the Writing Center?
Most importantly, you can meet with
instructors and tutors to receive individual help on assignments.
Your teacher may assign you work from
Lab Booklets for English 98 and 120.
You may also have other specific
assignments from your teacher.
You can access the computer to do
your school work: to do word processing or to do research on the
What kind of help
can I get?
You can get help with ideas,
organization and resources.
Tutors and instructors will not
correct your work for you.
However, they can provide you answers
to questions and provide you with help with your sentence skills.
What do I bring to
the Writing Center?
Always bring your textbook, your lab
booklet, the assignment you are working on, and a USB flash drive.
Why do I need a
You cannot save your work to the
What if I forget
my storage device?
You can save work in the "cloud"
using Google docs or Dropbox.
Can I use the
Yes, but limit your use of paper to
What if the
computer freezes or has another type of problem?
Stop and get the instructor or tutor
to help you immediately. Please be gentle with all equipment.
What if I have a
problem with an instructor or tutor?
First, try to work out the problem by
talking to the instructor or tutor. If you can not resolve the
problem, then you can find
another time to go to the lab or you can talk to your instructor.
A few final
1) Please turn off
cell phones and pagers
2) Please do not bring food, drinks or gum
3) If you must have a conversation about English, please be as quiet as
4) The lab is a classroom for learning so please respect other students.
If you have
questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask for help.