Instructions for Students Without an Appointment (also referred to as Drop-ins)

Follow the instructions below if you are not able to make an appointment for a Writing Center tutor.  These are referred to as Drop-in sessions.  Please note that papers without an appointment are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis and may take 24 to 48 hours for you to receive feedback. 

  1. The options to talk with a tutor via Zoom are not available for students without an appointment.  Only email submissions are possible.
  2. If you request assistance with understanding your assignment or need grammar support, it is best to make an appointment to speak with a tutor through Zoom (CLICK HERE for Zoom instructions).
  3. Students who use any of the Writing Center's services may be enrolled in the LST-606 noncredit course. Students will not be charged for the course, nor will it affect their GPA. It is used to document usage of services to help with apportionment funding for tutoring/learning services. For more information, click here.

Step 1: Access your SBVC Student Email Account

Access your SBVC student email account:  CLICK HERE


Step 2: Enter Requested Information in the Subject Line of the Email

*APPOINTMENT TIP:  If you do not have an appointment reservation, include the following in the subject line of your email:



*  TIME and DATE of your email submission.

Example:Drop In Date


Step 3: Enter Requested Information in the Body of Email

In the body of your message, include the following information.

*  Your full name

*  Your SBVC student ID number

*  Your class

*  Detailed instructions about your assignment.  You may attach the assignment to the email.  Include what you would like the tutor to review in your paper.


Step 4: Attach the Necessary Documents

Attach your paper to the email.  Email your paper as a .DOC.DOCX, or .RTF file and include your instructor prompt/detailed instructions about your assignment.  Avoid using Google Docs or PDF files since the tutor may not be able to assist you with your paper.  You may attach the assignment/topic to the email. 


Step 5: Send Your Email to the Online Writing Writing Center

Use your SBVC email to send your paper to the online tutor at:


Note 1:  If you request assistance with understanding your assignment or need grammar support, it is best to make an appointment to speak with a tutor over the phone since online drop-in sessions are assisted only asynchronously by email.

Note 2:  You should receive your paper within 24 to 48 hours after sending it.  In the event that your paper is not able to be read due to unexpected circumstances, you will be contacted to make a reservation to send your paper to the tutor again.

Note 3:  If you have successfully submitted your email, you should receive an email confirmation from the Online Tutoring service from the sender Writing Tutor.  If you do not receive this email, please check the Online Tutoring email address and resubmit your paper.