Peer Tutoring

ATTENTION: Peer tutoring appointments will all be conducted remotely via Zoom for the Spring 2021 Quarter.

Looking for an appointment with a peer tutor? Click Here or on the image below!"Book Now" Click here to book a Zoom appointment on the Appointments calendar

Please do not schedule more than 1 peer tutor appointment per day, and no more than 2 per week. Right now, our system prevents us from limiting the number of appointments you can make, but as a courtesy to other students, please abide by these policies.

Our peer tutors are a group of passionate, talented undergraduates who have first-hand experience with the writing assignments and concerns that you all have! During these 25-minute appointments through Zoom, you’ll work with a peer tutor who will support you regardless of where you are in the writing process. Generally, these sessions will begin by discussing the writing you’re working on and your goals and priorities, so coming prepared with 2-3 achievable tasks can make a session more efficient. Writing is a social activity, which means that great writing tutoring is a lot of talking with one another about writing. Through talking to our peer tutors, you’ll gain a better awareness of your audience and how they might read the piece of writing you bring!

You can make an appointment with one of our peer tutors by clicking here for the Appointments calendar, or clicking the image below.

Attention: Drop-ins will resume for Fall Quarter on October 4th.

No appointment? No problem! Try our drop-in hours from 5-8 pm, Monday-Thursday.

The Writing Center offers drop-in hours in addition to our regularly scheduled appointments with Writing Specialists and peer tutors.

Drop-ins run from 5 pm-8pm, Monday through Thursday. To attend a drop-in, click here for the Zoom access. Note that you’ll need to sign in through your UCI account or you won’t be able to access the Zoom space.

Once our Student Administrative Assistants (front-desk staff) let you into the space from the waiting room, they’ll check you in through CampusGroups and then pair you with the first available peer tutor. Please note that drop-ins are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are a maximum of 30 minutes.

We will not have drop-ins on Fridays, campus holidays (MLK Jr. Day, President’s Day), or during Finals Week.

Friendly Tutors

Appointments and Drop-in writing consultations are available from the Writing and Library Research Undergrad Specialists (WALRUS), also known as “peer tutors”.

UCI undergraduates at any level can use the Zoom link at the times designated above to get feedback on any kind of writing, free of charge; however, be advised that you may have a longer wait to see a peer tutor closer to midterms and later on in the quarter.

A Proven Way to Get Writing Help

Students learn well from other students, and peer tutoring of writing has succeeded in writing centers at many institutions across the country.

This isn’t handing off your paper to your roommate for fixing–peer tutoring is a rigorous and carefully researched field of educational practice. We begin with excellent tutors (juniors, seniors and graduate students) from various majors with proven writing skill, maturity, and good judgment.

Our tutors have undergone a training course and meet weekly with a professional coordinator for consultation.

Bring a writing or research assignment, a paper draft, or a completed paper that needs revision. Tutors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See the link below for a list of what tutors will and will not do with your writing.