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How Should You Prepare for Your Session?

  • Plan ahead. Schedule an appointment as soon as you can after receiving a writing assignment.
  • Determine what you would like to accomplish in your session. Identify specific questions and concerns that you want the writing mentor to address.
  • Bring any relevant materials such as the assignment prompt, notes, an outline, or a rough draft.
  • If you would like us to look over material you have written, please print it out; it is difficult for us to work with text on a laptop. It can be helpful to have two copies of your text: one for the writing mentor, and one for yourself.
  • If you would like to discuss written feedback on your writing that you have received from an instructor or from a peer reviewer, please bring the relevant comments with you to your session.
  • Make sure you have completed all relevant readings.


For quick questions and a comfortable space to write, check out our Drop-In Zone, M-Th 3-5 pm!

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The Writing Center

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., # 0301
La Jolla, CA 92093-0301

Writing Center Office:
127 Mandeville

Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-4911

Writing Center Director:
Madeleine Picciotto

Office: 124 Mandeville
Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-1384


Appointments 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Drop-in Zone 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Appointments 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Appointments 5:00 pm-8:00 pm