Learning Center and English Tutoring

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Do I need tutoring?

Tutoring is a one-on-one meeting with someone who knows a subject well and can help you improve your reading, writing, grammar, and study skills.

Many students who come in for tutoring need help for an English class although our tutors are trained to help you with writing projects or studying for any subject. Tutoring allows you to move at your own pace and create your own goals.

It is important to understand that tutors do not edit or fix your papers. Instead, tutors help you develop the skills you need to improve your own work.

All students enrolled at DVC may have up to two hours of free tutoring per week.

Campus specific tutoring

Regular tutoring, Fall and Spring Semesters

You will meet with the same tutor once a week, for an hour session, the entire term. This is a great option for ESL students needing extra help with basic reading, writing, grammar, or study skills.

Apply for regular tutoring


These are individual hour-long appointments with a tutor. You can sign up for a by-appointment slot starting on Thursdays after 4 pm by stopping by LC 105 or calling (925) 969-2616, or online. These appointments will be scheduled for the following week.

Sign up for a By-Appointment Tutoring (BAT) session

Summer hours are M-Th form 10 am to 4 pm

This is a great option for students needing help with a specific project or studying for a specific test. For Fall and Spring terms only.

Drop-in/writing lab

These are short, fifteen minute sessions that are offered Monday-Thursday in LC 107. Times may vary, but are generally scheduled between 2-5:30 p.m. You can find the specific times posted in LC 105 and 107. You do not need to sign up for these appointments.

This is a great option for students seeking help with specific, short tasks like a thesis statement, topic sentence, or single paragraph.

When is the English Tutoring Lab open?

The English Tutoring Lab is located in LC 105 and is open during the Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 8 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday 11 am- 3 pm

You can contact the English Tutoring Lab at (925) 969-2616.

San Ramon tutoring

All tutoring reading and writing appointments for the DVC San Ramon Campus must be booked online.

Sessions are 25 minutes long.

A student may sign up for two 25-minute sessions per day and four 25-minute sessions per week.

Students arriving ten minutes late for a scheduled appointment may have their appointments cancelled.

If a student makes appointments and then does not come to four of those 25-minute appointments, the student will not be able to make any more appointments for the term but will be allowed to receive tutoring on a drop-in basis.

Schedule a tutoring appointment in San Ramon

Tutoring is located in the Language Center in West 148. (campus map)

How can I become a tutor?

We are always looking for new members of our tutoring team. If you enjoy and are good at academic English subjects, have strong social skills, and like to help people, then we encourage you to consider becoming a tutor. This is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills on campus.

To become a tutor, you must:

  • pass English 122 (CID English 100) with a B or better,
  • get a recommendation from an English instructor,
  • complete the application process,
  • be enrolled in or have completed English 140, Tutor Training, with a B or better.

For more information about becoming a tutor, drop by LC 105 or call us at (925) 969-2616.

Supplemental instruction

Supplemental instruction (SI) is a free program that helps students in our basic English and ESL classes. Classes with supplemental instruction have an hour-long weekly study group in addition to their regular class time.

These study groups give you the opportunity to build on the skills and conversations you started in class. The groups are led by SI leaders who also attend the regular class time.

Supplemental instruction is required for: ESL76, ESL78, ESL86, ESL88, ESL96, ESL96A, ASL98, ESL98A.

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Contact English tutoring lab

Telephone: 925-969-2616
Office location: LC 105 Campus map

Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 8 pm

Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday 8:30 am - 11 am