Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use The Writing & Learning Studio (TWLS)?

All SCC students, staff, and faculty are welcome in the studio. Students with 4.0 GPAs use the studio regularly. Likewise, students struggling to keep up in their classes find the studio's personal assistance helpful for staying afloat in their studies. No matter whether you're planning to transfer to a four-year school or complete a certificate program, The Writing & Learning Studio's resources can help you reach your goals.


I'm in English 101. Why would I want to take ENGL 099? Isn't that a lower level class?

ENGL 099 is an individualized course design to support you at your own level. For example, many ENGL 101 students also take ENGL 099, so that they can get help with their 101 assignments and get ENGL 099 credit, too. You can also take ENGL 099 even if you're not in an English class to work on your composition skills, grammar, or other aspects of writing.


(Non-native English speakers must be in ESL Level 5 or higher to register for ENGL 089 or ENGL 099.)


Do I have to register for credit to use The Writing & Learning Studio?

No, registering for credit is not required. All of the studio's resources--except for the computers--are available to non-credit students. (To use the studio's computers, you must be registered for credit in the studio.)


What do learning assistants do?

Students can work with learning assistants on college reading strategies, study skills, speech projects, research papers, or other writing assignments from any class. Learning assistants enjoy working with students at any stage of writing (inventing, drafting, revising, editing). They can explain instructors' general expectations for academic writing and can help students understand their instructors' specific assignments. The only person who can tell students how to fulfill all of the requirements of a particular assignment is the instructor.


Learning assistants do not proofread student papers. Instead, they teach students how to analyze and improve their own writing, which often takes more than one session. They do not guarantee good or better grades, but as you work more on your writing, your instructors will probably notice, and you will be better prepared to communicate more effectively.


Learning assistants also work with students to help them develop more effective study strategies. For example, bring your textbook to the studio and we'll show you a method for reading and remembering its contents.  If English isn't your native language, our learning assistants could also be your conversation partners.  You can practice your speaking and listening skills in our friendly, supportive environment!


How can The Writing & Learning Studio help me?

The studio can not only improve your understanding of college writing requirements, it can also assist you in all stages of the writing process""from getting ideas, to drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. In addition to help with essays, research papers, and other kinds of writing, the studio can provide assistance with effective study and reading strategies for courses across the curriculum.

Call Grace Rhodes with any questions or, better yet, stop by 1501! Calling from on campus, dial x4308. From off campus dial 206.546.4101, ext. 4308.