English Success Center

We are open for Summer! Monday –Thursday, June 15- July 23

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 one (1) thirty (30) minute session 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 (Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) using the Zoom link below to request a live tutoring meeting: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/97705683581

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

STEP #4: If you need a verification for your class, alert the Zoom moderator after having left your breakout room with the tutor, and they will email you a verification following your tutoring meeting. *Note: forgetting to make this request may cause delays in receiving your verification.

Electronic Directed Learning Activities (eDLAs)

DLAs 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.

Steps for requesting an eDLA and Scheduling a Tutoring Meeting for Review:
STEP #1: View the list of DLAs below and select which DLA you would like to work on.

STEP #2: Email the ESC at englishsuccesscenter@cypresscollege.edu to request a DLA with the information listed below:

  • Your name and student ID #
  • Course Name and CRN
  • Your email address
  • DLA type (ENGL or ESL) and # (please refer to DLA lists above) *please note that we are
    converting files and not every DLA may be immediately available

*Note: We will send you an electronic DLA shortly after receiving your emailed request within our business hours (Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). DLAs will require the use of Adobe Reader. Please allow up to 60 minutes for completing the DLA.

STEP #3: Once you have finished your DLA, send the completed copy as a pdf. or doc. attachment to: englishsuccesscenter@cypresscollege.edu. Place your name in the subject header and include the information below in your email to us:

  • Your name and student ID #
  • Course Name and CRN
  • Completed DLA #
  • Your email address

STEP #4: Visit the Virtual ESC during operating hours using the Zoom link below to request a live tutoring meeting to review your completed DLA: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/97705683581

STEP #5: If you need a verification for your class, alert the Zoom moderator after having left your breakout room with the tutor, and they will email you a verification following your tutoring meeting. *Note- forgetting to make this request may cause delays in receiving your verification.

ESC staff will be offering tutoring services Monday–Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you email us after business hours or on the weekend, we will respond to your request on the next business day. We thank you for your patience.

Faculty Mentor Led Workshops

*Currently unavailable for summer 2020

The workshops are intensive, 50- to 60-minute presentations focused on the development of a specific academic skill or strategy in a small-group setting (typically 6-8 students). Each workshop will include an overview of the topic, a short presentation, and a hands-on activity.

Location (temporarily closed)

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

Online Hours for Summer 2020 (June 15 – July 23)

Monday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays (July 6 Independence Day Observed) Closed

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