FAQ

What Is The Writing Lab?
The SDA Writing Lab is a free on-campus writing tutoring service funded by the SDA Foundation.

How Can The Lab Help Me?
The Lab helps students with any and all writing needs, including help with college essays, analytical essays, research papers, DBQ writing, timed essays, creative works, personal projects, and much more.

What Is A Writing Lab Appointment Like?
During your appointment, a tutor will provide you with constructive feedback on your paper/project, including what s/he likes about the work and what questions he/she might have. Tutoring appointments are pretty laid back, and you can ask the tutor questions at any time (in fact, you are encouraged to do so). As always, the tutor is there for YOU.

How Long Does An Appointment Usually Last?
Appointments typically last between ten and thirty minutes, depending on how much time and work the student needs.

When Is The Lab Available?
The schedule changes throughout the year, depending on demand.

At this time, the tutor is available:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8am-12pm, 1pm-3:30pm

How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
Students can make appointments using the online appointment calendar

Do I Need To Have A Paper To Be Able To Come In?
You don’t need to have a paper to come in.  Often, students will come in just to brainstorm ideas or make notes.

Should I Drop Off A Copy Of My Paper Ahead Of My Appointment?
Yes!  You do not have to drop your paper off ahead of time, but if you drop off your paper at least 24 hours in advance, we might have time to read your paper before you arrive for your appointment. That way, you spend less time waiting for a tutor to read your paper and more time learning about what makes you a great writer! To drop off a paper, please either email a copy to SDAWritingLab@sduhsd.net, or leave a copy in the red folder in the Learning Commons.

Can I Sign Up For More Than One Appointment?
Certainly! You are welcome to sign up for more than one appointment time if you feel that the extra time is necessary.

Can Teachers Sign Up For Classroom Visits?
Of course! Tutors help in classrooms all the time. Typically, a tutor will either conduct a presentation to the class about a specific topic or simply float around and help individual students–such as when the class is working in a computer lab.

Can A Teacher Make An Appointment For A Student?
Yep. This also happens quite often. A teacher can make an appointment using the online appointment calendar, or the teacher can send an email to the Writing Lab tutor at SDAWritingLab@sduhsd.net to figure out the details.

What If I Have A Question?
You can send an email to us at: SDAWritingLab@sduhsd.net
Or simply come in and see us. We’ll be happy to help!