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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Scheduling Policies

Students must schedule appointments with the PCCC Writing center staff using our online scheduling system, TutorTrac.  The Writing Center only assists students in college level and Writing Intensive courses as well as students preparing for the College Writing Exam (CWE). 

Making an Appointment

Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance. Click here for instructions on making an appointment. You will receive an email at your PCCC student email address to confirm your appointment.

Canceling an Appointment

Appointment cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Log in to using your Portal Username and Password. Your scheduled appointment is listed on the first page. Click the small X next to the scheduled appointment and follow the on-screen instructions. Appointments must be canceled sooner than an hour before its scheduled time. You can also call the Writing Center at 973-684-1101 or email

Late Arrivals

Appointments begin at the time they are scheduled for. That is, an appointment from 2:00-3:00 begins at 2:00. Students who are more than 15 minutes late for a one-hour appointment (10 minutes for a 30 minute appointment) may lose their appointment time and have to reschedule.


You are considered a no-show to your appointment if you are a late arrival or fail to cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance. If you are a "no show" for three appointments, you will lose your account privileges. 


The Writing Center is a "by appointment only" center. If all tutors are booked, you can wait for a session to become available if a student cancels or doesn’t show for their appointment. No-shows are based on our “No-shows” policy above. 


Workshop Policies

About Workshops

Workshops are held in the PCCC Writing Center Annex (A111) on the main Paterson campus (within the library) unless noted otherwise. See workshop descriptions in the right column.The Writing Center workshops are open to all PCCC students, and are free of charge. They run between 30-45 minutes. Select workshops are held LIVE via our Vidyo system.


Registration is limited to 15 people ONLY. Registration is required for all workshops. Register by emailing your full name, the workshop name, and date you wish to attend to 

If you are not on the registration list when you arrive to the workshop, you will not be allowed to sit for the workshop.

Waiting List

If you are on a waiting list, please check in closer to the date of the workshop to see if there have been cancellations, or you can watch LIVE.

LIVE-Remote Viewing

In addition to our onsite workshops, students are welcome to watch select workshops remotely by clicking on the link that says "LIVE," which is located next to the workshop title. All LIVE workshops will be recorded and posted online next to the workshop and under "Video Tutorials." All remote workshops are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST).


One-On-One Session Policies

Take-home Exams

The Writing Center does NOT help with take-home exams, quizzes or tests unless otherwise noted by the professor. We suggest that professors notify the Director at about which exams students can receive help with and which ones they can't.

College Application Essays, Resumes, Cover Letters, & Scholarship Essays

The Writing Center does NOT help with any of the above essays. 

Session Length

Students can schedule either 30-minute or one-hour appointments. 


Students should have attempted the assignment (e.g. prepared a draft, completed research and are ready to discuss the topic for brainstorming, etc.) so that the tutor can provide optimal support. 

College Writing Exam (CWE) Preparation for Non-passing Exams

Any student who wants to review their non-passing exam with a tutor must contact the Writing Center at prior to making their appointment as the Center will need at least 24 hours to obtain a copy of your exam. In the email, please include your name, student ID, date you took the exam, and campus you would like to review the exam at.  Once we receive notification that you need a copy of your exam, and we confirm your request, you can book an appointment via TutorTrac at the campus you designated in the email. We can't accomodate walk-ins to review non-passing exams.

College Writing Exam (CWE) Preparation for First-Time Takers

Any student who wants to review for the CWE should select a sample topic from the CWE Guide, draft a five-paragraph essay based on that topic, and then make an appointment with the Writing Center to review the practice exam.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Writing Center

Check out some frequently asked asked questions about the Writing Center such as: (1) Who can use the Writing Center? (2) How do I know I need to go to the Writing Center? (3) Where is the Writing Center located? AND MORE in the attached PDF FAQ document below!


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