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Tutoring & Academic Skills Center


TASC Labs provide a variety of academic support tools for writing across the curriculum, including live tutors at Palm Desert, Indio, and Mecca. Schedules vary based on student tutor availability. Walk into one of those labs and check the schedule. Virtual writing tutor support is offered 24/7 to active COD students via Smarthinking. Links to this service can be found on every student's Canvas menu, including the Online Tutoring link embedded on the left side panel.

TASC tutors encourage students to write, re-write, and edit their papers with perseverance. This process directs students to do the following:

  1. Understand the prompt or assignment based on instructor's guidelines
  2. Recognize the context of the paper in relation to course and subject matter
  3. Identify and clarify thesis statements and topic sentences as appropriate
  4. Recognize citation styles and employ the correct method of citing sources

TASC tutors do not write on papers, but they show students how they can improve their piece and access resources that promote excellence in composition. TASC tutors encourage the writing process.

Citations and Authoritative Style Manual Links

Students and writers engaged in research must cite works and sources for any material that was borrowed and/or quoted. It is a simple matter of respect for the creative labor that an individual or a group employed to share knowledge. To do otherwise is to engage in plagiarism, a serious academic offense. Links to the four leading styles or schools of citation are included below: MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago-Turabian.

Use the links below to view official style manuals and template samples for in-text and works cited pages


MLA Template - 8th Edition


APA Template - 7th Edition.docx 

APA Template - 7th Edition.docx

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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


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

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

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