English Success Center

English Success Center (ESC)

The English Success Center (ESC) provides students with virtual supplemental learning opportunities designed to improve academic reading and writing skills. Staffed by trained tutors as well as Cypress College English and ESL faculty, the ESC offers individualized Writing Assignment tutor meetings and Electronic Directed Learning Activities (eDLAs).

In accordance with Cypress College’s policies surrounding Coronavirus/COVID-19, the ESC is suspending face-to-face tutoring until further notice. During this time, we are providing online tutoring sessions through Zoom with our ESC tutors.

Drop-In Tutoring for Writing Assignments

The ESC offers tutoring on a first come, first served basis. A student may have two (2) thirty (30) minute sessions per day. We do NOT proofread or edit papers. The goal of these sessions is to get students to start working on a maximum of two (2) specific elements of their paper. These sessions are great for brainstorming, expanding ideas, or checking formatting.

Online tutoring sessions are 30 minutes in length.

*Steps for meeting with a tutor to review a Writing Assignment:
STEP #1: Have the information listed below ready for sharing.

  • Your name and student ID #
  • Course Name and CRN
  • Your email address
  • Your prompt or assignment instructions
  • A ready to upload copy of your draft in .pdf or .doc format (no Google Doc links)
  • 2 specific areas of focus you would like your tutor to help you review. Some examples of could be:
    • Brainstorming
    • A specific grammar concept (run-on sentences, passive voice, verb tense etc.)
    • Formatting
    • Focus on specific paragraphs (introduction, conclusion)
    • Expanding ideas
    • Integrating quotations
    • Citations (MLA, APA, etc.)

STEP #2: Visit the Virtual ESC during operating hours using the Zoom button below to request a live tutoring meeting.

STEP #3: A live Zoom moderator will connect you to meet with a tutor for review as soon as possible.

NOTE: We are currently not sending individual verifications to students. We will send verifications directly to faculty as requested.

Electronic Directed Learning Activities (eDLAs)

eDLAs are faculty-designed assignments that focus on the development of a reading or writing skill, or academic strategy, within a limited, supervised timeframe. Each directed learning activity will require approximately 60 minutes to complete and include an overview of the activity’s objective(s) and steps involved, as well as a review session with a tutor or faculty member.

How do I get an eDLA?

  • Register for the ESC Canvas page to have access to all of the eDLAs. Use the link below to register. *NOTE: registration could take up to 48 hours for the ESC Canvas page to appear in your Canvas account.
  • Instructions for how to complete an eDLA are listed on the ESC Canvas.
  • All eDLAs are available to be downloaded for completion on the Canvas page.
  • If any questions, visit our live zoom during operating hours by using the link below, or drop us an email at englishsuccesscenter@cypresscollege.edu.

What do I do when I am finished with the eDLA?

  • Visit the Virtual ESC during operating hours using the Zoom link below to request a live tutoring meeting to review your completed eDLA

NOTE: We are currently not sending individual verifications to students. We will send verifications directly to faculty as requested.

Want a Workshop?

Workshops at the ESC are intensive, interactive 50-60 minute presentations focused on specific academic skills or strategies. They are held in a small-group setting (typically 6-8 students). Each workshop will include an overview of the topic, and short presentation, and a hands-on activity. Workshops are led by English or ESL faculty and tutors.

The schedule for workshops and process for signing up for these valuable learning opportunities will be coming soon!

*Any questions? – Feel free to email us or drop into our Live Zoom Room during operating hours!

Email: englishsuccesscenter@cypresscollege.edu


Location (temporarily closed)

Library & Learning Resource Center, 1st Floor, Room 130

Online Hours for Fall 2021

August 23 – December 10, 2021:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed