How The Writing Lab Works

Tutoring Session Guidelines

  • Sessions are 35 minutes
  • 1 session per day
  • Maximum 3 tutoring sessions per assignment or college application essay
  • Drop in during all business hours. Appointments are not required.
  • Appointments are available between 10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday, Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
  • No appointments in the summer

Before You Come to the Lab

  • Bring your writing and the assignment guidelines with you.
  • Identify your general topic and purpose.
  • Plan ahead: schedule an appointment or drop in at least two days before your assignment is due.

What We Can Do in a Session

  • Let you know what you are doing well!
  • Listen to your topic ideas and ask questions to help you develop your focus
  • Review your paper to ensure it follows general essay structure and explain why if it does not
  • Point out confusing or unclear parts of your writing
  • Help you learn to identify 1 or 2 grammar or punctuation mistakes and how to correct them

What We Will Not Do

  • Correct your entire essay for you
  • Suggest topics
  • Make exceptions to lab policies for assignments due the same day
  • Comment on the grade your work may or may not receive

Other Writing Lab Services

  • Writing handouts you may take for quick reference
  • Grammar guides and handbooks you may use in the lab
  • A computer lab when classes are not in session—bring a flash drive to save your work!
  • Free workshops open to all Bellevue College students, faculty, and staff
  • Feedback on Bellevue College student and alumni résumés and application essays