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Center for Academic Support

we are here to help your needs in all classes


Online Consultations

Important Notice: Online Consultations will NOT be available Thursday, March 14 through March 21st. Papers submitted during this time WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE UNTIL MARCH 24TH AT THE EARLIEST.


Face-to-face consultations are the most effective method for helping you with your college papers, and we highly recommend that you visit the center whenever possible. (Please call (925) 439-2181 ext 3176 to schedule an appointment.) However, when face-to-face consultations are not possible, online writing consultations are an alternative method of receiving advice about papers.

As with face-to-face consultations, the online consultation does not edit papers. Please remember that the consultant's role is to support students with their writing; the ultimate responsibility of correctness and completeness rests with the student.



Please allow up to two writing center business days (48 hours) for us to read and respond to your papers . The center is closed weekends and holidays during the semester, so we will not respond to papers during these times.


Requests will be processed Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 12:00pm. We will alert you via your email that we have received your request. If you do not receive notice or a response from us, please call the center at (925) 439-2181 ext 3176.


The Online Session


As the center’s mission is to provide writing instruction, (coaching) consultants do not proofread or edit papers. We primarily look at global issues (development, organization, logic). We will direct your attention to style and grammar problems by marking areas of concern. On longer papers, we will mark only the first two pages for style and grammar convention errors. Please limit your submission to 5 pages. If your paper is longer, please select and submit the areas that concern you the most, and if possible, include your working thesis statement.


During peak periods or limited staffing, we may not be able to respond to you in a timely fashion. We will let you know as soon as possible if this is likely to happen.


After receiving your paper, consultants will do the following:

When your paper is returned to you, please do the following:

To send your draft or questions to a writing consultant

To: Writing Consultant

1.) Full name * A value is required.
2.) Email Address * A value is required.Invalid format.
3.) Student ID number  
4.) Course number:  
5.) Instructors name:  
6.) Due date:  
7.) Paste the ASSIGNMENT. If you are unable to do this, please describe the assignment in as much detail as possible:  
A value is required.
8.) Briefly include any other relevant information we may need to provide the best possible feedback:  
9.) What is your thesis/working thesis? If you are not writing a thesis, please state "no thesis."  
A value is required.

10.) What are your specific concerns/difficulties with your paper? For example, you might ask for help with your thesis statement. Or, you might need help with organization. Please do not ask the consultant to evaluate or grade your paper.

11.) Paste YOUR DRAFT and push submit.  
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