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   San José State Writing Center

The San José State University Writing Center offers a variety of resources to help students become better writers, and all of our services are free for SJSU students. It's difficult enough being a college student, so why let a writing assignment add to your stress? We'll be your guides through the often bewildering world of words, and you'll emerge with the communication skills necessary to your success as a student.

COVID-19 Update (October 2020):

As SJSU has moved classes primarily to an online environment due to COVID-19 concerns, Writing Center operations have also moved online. Please review information below regarding our online services, which we have been working to expand significantly. Lastly, please be sure to check out our "Resources" page for videos and handouts that you can use for self-study. Refer to our COVID-19 Student FAQs for more detailed information. 

Online Tutoring

Our online tutoring services have been expanded significantly--check out our video below to view a walk-through about online appointment scheduling! When you are ready, click on the "Schedule a Tutoring Session" blue button to book your slot in our appointment reservation system. 

Spring 2021 Services (February 1 - May 25)
The Writing Center will be open for online tutoring services during the spring semester starting on February 1, 2021. Appointments can be made up to seven days in advance, and all sessions are conducted through Zoom. 

                   Spring 2021 Online Tutoring Hours:

              February 1 - May 25

               M - Th, 10:00-9:00

F, 10:00-3:00

Schedule a Tutoring Session



Ask a Tutor Live Chat Service

We have partnered with the MLK Library to rollout our new “Ask a Tutor” live chat service. You can ask our tutors live questions at scheduled times when we have tutors available—no appointment necessary. Note that this service can only be used for brief questions—generally concerns that tutors can address within 5-15 minutes. Live chat services will open for the spring semester on February 1, 2021. Click the blue button below to start chatting!

                                          Spring 2021 Live Chat Hours:

                                                 February 1 - May 25

                                   Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00

                                     Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-4:00


Ask a Tutor Live Chat     

Virtual Front Desk

The Writing Center will be offering a virtual front desk service starting in spring 2021. The aim is to provide students, faculty, and staff with a virtual equivalent to the front desk support that we usually offer on campus. Our team of student coordinators will be available to answer general questions about our services and provide as much support as possible. (Note that the virtual front desk is not tutoring--use our other services for tutoring support.) Click the blue button below during our service hours to speak with a member of our team.

                                  Spring 2021 Virtual Front Desk Hours:

                                                 February 1 - May 25

                                Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00

                                   Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-4:00

Virtual Front Desk


Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the writing skills of SJSU students so they can communicate clearly in any setting (informal, academic, or professional). We accomplish this goal through creating original writing resources, offering workshops, and conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions.

We are committed to treating students, their questions, and their assignments with respect. We recognize that every student is unique and that every assignment is different. Our writing tutors will make their best attempt to work with students to improve their writing.

We also host a listserv for students who are interested in learning more about our services; send an email to writingcenter@sjsu.edu to request that we add your name to our list. You'll then receive frequent updates from us. We look forward to working with you.