Learning Center and English Tutoring

We are closed November 23-27

Please note that we will be closed for Thanksgiving this week. We will open back up for paper dropoff on Monday, November 30.

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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

When is the English Tutoring Lab open?

The English Tutoring Lab is now online.  You can join by clicking on the appropriate link below. A Paper Drop Off is now possible! Please complete the Paper Drop-Off form and email the form along with your paper to DVCEnglishLab@dvc.edu. Complete the Paper Drop-off (PDF), save a copy of the form with the requested file name, and then send to DVCEnglishLab@dvc.edu. Allow 2-3 business days (M-F) for the Center to respond to your paper drop-off request. Papers must be emailed as WORD documents.

Download the Paper Drop-Off Form

For online tutoring:

DVC English Tutoring On-line Schedule (with Zoom links), Fall 2020

Monday through Thursday from 10am - 5 pm. Join Zoom Meeting: 


Friday, 10am-3pm. Join Zoom Meeting:


For questions: Please contact the English Tutoring Coordinator, Heather Lee at hlee@dvc.edu 

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: ESL, 67, ESL77, ESL87, and ESL97A. Additionally, some 117A and 122AL courses have SI with optional study groups. 

For more information on the SI program or to learn more about becoming an SI, please contact the LC Co-coordinators: 

Rayshell Clapper -- rclapper@dvc.edu or 925-969-2621 

Laurie Sample -- lsample@dvc.edu

Or contact Kyanne Meissner at kmeissner@dvc.edu.

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Contact English tutoring lab

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