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TASC Writing Reading
Tutoring & Academic Skills Center


 Contact Info

Location: ASC 5
Fall & Spring:
For summer hours phone lab.



The TASC Writing/Reading Lab, a free computerized supplemental learning center at College of the Desert, provides resources for students taking any class that requires writing.

We offer help in all aspects of the writing process, as well as provide access to word processors, the Internet, and many Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) programs in writing and reading. No previous computer experience is necessary.

Writing tutors are available during regularly scheduled hours to help students with any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to revision and editing. In addition, TASC staff is available during lab hours to help students with the computers and software.


 Writing Links


This tab includes resources for writing that provide help from grammar to whole essays.

We also include links to selected Online Writing Labs (OWLs) at other colleges.

Our online SkillsTutor software is available only to registered College of the Desert students.

Grammar and Punctuation Writing an Essay
Research Tools Smarthinking Online Virtual Tutoring

Link will be installed with new account in fall

  1. IMPORTANT NOTES: This software is paid for by COD and is only available to registered COD students.

  2. At the end of each semester, including summer session, all students are deleted from this program.

On-Line Writing Labs (OWLS) Miscellaneous & Writing Across the Disciplines

 Reading Links


There is no educational skill more fundamental than reading.

While it is well understood that people learn in many modes besides reading, printed materials are still the heart and soul of education. From research to textbooks to on-line materials, the printed word is the primary vehicle of education. The sites listed here provide practice in comprehension, vocabulary, and analytical reading. There are also special sections devoted to reading and studying textbooks and to reading Websites critically. Finally we provide a link to our list of free e-texts and literature on-line.

​Books On-Line
Comprehension and Vocabulary
Future Links 
  • Additional reading links are coming fall 2016

 Research & Study Skills


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