Reading & Writing Center
- Compton College is closed through June 12, 2020. Only essential personnel are allowed on campus, as scheduled.
- Alternative academic instruction will continue through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
- Visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage for more information.
Due to COVID-19, all in-person (drop-in) tutoring has been moved to the Zoom (online) platform. SSC Math/Science, Reading/Writing, Spanish, and ESL tutors will now conduct drop-in online tutoring sessions with enrolled Compton College students. Students must complete the following steps in order to join a Zoom drop-in tutoring session:
- Review our updated SP20 Reading/Writing Tutoring Schedule (Zoom). The schedules are in .PDF format for easy downloading. The schedules are subject to change at any time, so always check to make sure you have the most up-to-date schedule.
- Email the tutor that you would like to assist you. NOTE: Tutor availability and email addresses are listed on each schedule. In your email, you simply need to request a Zoom link to join the tutorâ€™s scheduled Zoom session.
- Your selected tutor will email you a Zoom online tutoring invitation. PLEASE ALLOW THE TUTOR 10-15 MINUTES TO RESPOND TO YOUR REQUEST. Accept the invitation and follow the instructions in the email on how to register for the Zoom session. To prepare in advance, please review tutorials below.
- Please contact one of the following SSC staff members if you are experiencing issues connecting with a tutor (NOTE: Department phones calls cannot be answered at this time):
Brenda Donaldson, SSC Instructional Assistant; firstname.lastname@example.org
Josephine Mays, SSC Instructional Assistant; email@example.com
Zoom Training Guides for Students
Watch the following Zoom tutorials before you join a meeting:
- How to join a Zoom Meeting for the first time (YouTube Video):
- How to join a Zoom Meeting from a Smartphone (YouTube Video):
SSC Zoom Tutoring Code of Conduct and Best Practices
- Please make sure you are referring to the most up-to-date tutoring schedule before requesting a Zoom meeting. Check to make sure that the tutor is available when requested and tutors the subject you need help in.
- Register a meeting only when you need a tutoring session.
- Register for the session and attend ON TIME.
- Please be patient, polite, respectful, and wait for your turn to get help.
- Have your questions ready, communicate them clearly, and, if possible, share them on your whiteboard.
- Given the meticulous nature of virtual tutoring and collaboration, students should limit their time with a tutor to 10-15 minutes. Be mindful that SSC tutors will still follow group tutoring rules and regulations (Zoom tutoring IS NOT private, one-on-one, tutoring). Be sure to bring another assignment to work onâ€”behind the scenesâ€”as you wait your turn.
- Depending on the number of hours the tutor is working for the day, s/he may need to take a 15, 30, or 60-minute break. Please be respectful of the tutorâ€™s meal/break period. The tutor may virtually â€œstep-awayâ€, in which case, students have the option of working individually, or in groups, until the tutor returns. The tutor may provide other options for the students during this time (i.e. joining another tutorâ€™s Zoom session).
- Be aware that SSC support staff may join a tutorâ€™s Zoom session randomly and unannounced. The purpose of these visits will vary, and may include routine quality control and/or tutor evaluation. We apologize for the disruption, but it is necessary in order for the SSC to continuously assess and improve academic support services for Compton College students.
- No private chatting and/or emailing tutors anytime during the tutoring session.
- All tutoring sessions will be recorded.
- To avoid embarrassing moments, double and triple check to make sure your device camera is off when you need it to be off, and your audio is muted if you do not want to be heard.
- The host tutor reserves the right to terminate a session at any time.
- Have your study materials ready, as tutors do not have access to textbooks at this time.
- Remember that tutors are not instructors and will not conduct lectures.
Other Factors to Keep in Mind
- Not all subjects transfer well from in-person to online. Depending on the subject being tutored, online tutoring may not yet be perfected. Until recently, it was almost impossible to simulate the experience of freeform collaboration on a shared problem set online, as is common in math and science tutoring.
- Forming an emotional connection and building trust can be challenging. When you participate in online tutoring, breaking the ice can be challenging, as it is more difficult to make an emotional connection without being physically present. Remember to smile, use positive and encouraging language. Tutoring is a two-way street; the success of the session depends on strong and appropriate communication between both the tutor and the tutee.
- Leave technical troubleshooting to the experts. Keep in mind that tutors are not technology experts. Compton College is still working on various aspects of the transition to online instruction and tutoring. When encountering technical difficulties, please refer to the â€˜Technical Supportâ€™ or â€˜Helpâ€™ section of the service/software/hardware in question.
The Reading/Writing Center provides free tutoring on a drop-in basis. Teacher Associates (TAs) provide assistance in areas such as:
- how to better process information from a text
- how to take notes and organize information from a text
- how to understand main ideas and supporting details
- how to identify context clues
- deciphering writing tasks
- understanding writing prompts
- the writing process
- developing content and critical thinking skills
While Reading/Writing Center TAs do not provide copy editing services, they DO assist students in identifying and correcting specific grammatical errors.