Welcome to Hostos Community College’s Writing Center!
The Writing Center is part of the front lines of student retention and service at Hostos Community College, CUNY. Our tutors are deeply committed to supporting Hostos’s student body in their variety of needs, from reading, writing, researching, to digital literacy and time management. At times acting as cheerleaders and counselors for students who are afraid or unsure of their intellectual paths, our tutors work one-on-one with students in the Writing Center or as an embedded tutor in English and ESL developmental classes. Through this work they uphold the dream of community building and knowledge as liberation.
NEW! The Writing & Reading Sanctuary – A Study Space for all Hostos Students.
Book online, asynchronous, or in-person tutoring appointments at:
Location: C-596A (veer left once inside of HALC)
Phone: (929) 324-0333
Office: (718) 518-6678
The Hostos Writing Center exists to serve you, the writer.
We view writing as a process and the writer as our primary concern. We understand that what brings students to us is concern about a paper, a class assignment, or a written test, and we will gladly help you with any concern you bring – that is one of the great advantages of one-on-one tutoring. Our goal is to empower you, to listen to you, to ask you questions, to encourage you to speak your truth, to help you discover your voice. Our goal, simply stated, is to help you become a better writer, not necessarily to make sure you leave with a perfect paper.
To that end, we will act as tutors, not editors.
When visiting the Writing Center, please keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Tutors will only meet with you for a maximum of two sessions per day, five for the entire week.
- Tutors will focus on one piece of writing/assignment per session.
- Because writing and thinking are recursive and slow processes, tutors cannot effectively help with a paper due that day.
- Tutors may work with you on the research process, including demonstrating strategies for obtaining effective results; they will not do your research for you.
- Tutors will not edit or proofread your papers; rather, they will identify global and sentence-level concerns in order to empower you to edit and proofread your own prose.
- Sessions last from about 40-50 minutes. The last session of the day begins one hour before the Center closes.
- All members of a group must be present for a session about a group project.
- If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, tutors reserve the right to meet with a “walk in” student instead.
- If you are chronically late to sessions for which you’ve made an appointment, or if you don’t show up to 3 scheduled sessions, the Writing Center will not work with you for the remainder of the semester.
- Be sure to upload or bring your the assignment (including everything your instructor has told you about it), any work you have done on that assignment (be it reading, researching, or writing).It also helps to know your professor’s name!