Reading, Writing, Study Skills

Our tutors are able to help you with reading or writing assignments you might find challenging, from those in  English 104/105 to upper-division literature classes.  We can also help you with reading and writing assignments from other departments or majors, for example reading assignments for your geography or history classes and writing assigments for interior design or consumer and family studies.

Skills Developed in Tutoring


  • Understanding assignments
  • Planning and getting started
  • Organizing ideas
  • Citing sources
  • Making revisions
  • Editing and proofreading


  • Planning reading schedules
  • Reading textbooks effectively
  • Locating main ideas
  • Summarizing and retaining information
  • Analyzing difficult texts


  • Planning for a research project
  • Effectively using electronic databases
  • Compiling bibliographic citations

Study Skills

  • Time management
  • Lecture note-taking
  • Organizing information
  • Annotating and marking texts
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Asking questions


If You Want Help with Grammar or Proofreading

Tutors are not allowed to correct your essays since too much help is considered plagiarism.

If you're at the proofreading stage of the writing process (meaning you've written and revised several drafts), our tutors can help you

  • Learn to recognize errors in your writing
  • Learn steps to correct your own errors
  • Focus on one or two writing problems during the session

On your own, before you see a tutor

  • Do as much editing as possible
  • Write down questions you want to discuss
  • Bring the draft with your notes and corrections to the session.

After the session,

  • Practice the steps you learned during the session to finish editing your paper on your own.

(415) 338-1993

Learning Assistance Center
HSS 348 | San Francisco State University | 1600 Holloway Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94132

Monday -Thursday 9 AM-4 PM | Friday 9 AM-12 PM