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On Oct. 27, the paper drop-off service was added to provide additional support for students in the RAW Center during this very challenging time for students. The RAW Center is staffed by English faculty. They are available to work with students on reading and writing assignments for any class at Las Positas College.

Some students are working and studying at the same time. Some students may not have a quiet space at home or the bandwidth to video conference, so the paper drop-off service is a way for students to get support with reading and writing.

Michelle Gonzales, the coordinator of the Reading and Writing Center, said, “I mainly want students to know that they are not alone, that we are here to help them with reading and writing for any class, and that our campus data shows that students who use the RAW Center have higher success rates!”

Both in-person, online tutoring and the paper drop-off service can be accessed from any Canvas course. From the home page for a course in Canvas, find “LPC Tutoring/RAW,” click to open, scroll the page to find “Reading and Writing Center,” open that and choose the service you want. Using the online system, Students can get immediate online tutoring or paper drop-off service. 

With the paper drop-off service, students have to upload their essays and include the instructions for the assignment. Students are allowed to request help in two areas at a time. The areas should be listed where they upload the paper.

Because the tutors in the RAW Center are both seeing students while on their shifts and reading paper drop-off work between live sessions, the paper drop-off service can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, but usually between 24 and 48. However, students should be prepared to leave their work for up to three days.

When it comes to writing help, students should remember that while the service helps students recognize errors and issues with the organization, it is not an editing service.

Students who need more immediate service can attend a live session. The live sessions are on Monday from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m., Thursday from 12 noon to 3 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, check the timetable here.

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