Welcome to the Reading and Writing Center (RWC)! The Reading and Writing Center staff help students understand required reading, write essays and other assignments, complete language homework, find resources, and proofread their own writing.
You can access Penji (CRC Online Tutoring) via the website or app.
How to Access RWC Tutors on the Penji Website (CRC Online Tutoring):
- Visit the Los Rios Penji website.
- To ensure you’re in the CRC Reading and Writing Support community, double-check to see if the top left corner says “CRC Reading and Writing Support,” and remember to select Tutoring.
- Next, click on View drop-in rooms.
- Select Join a Reading and Writing Support.
- Select Reading and Writing Support.
- Type in a topic, assignment, or problem you want help with, click Check-in and wait for the tutor. For students enrolled in English Lab seeking to accrue hours, type in “English Lab” instead, click check-in and wait for the moderator.
- Select the tutor/moderator if they are ready for you, otherwise you will be placed on the waitlist for them to admit you into the Zoom room.
- Once the tutor/moderator is ready for you, a box will appear prompting you to connect with them on Zoom; click Open in Zoom.
- Once you’re in, tutoring/lab class is now in session.
- Before you leave, remember to check-out by typing in the chat your First Name, Last Name and wID number (example: Jane Doe w123456).
For further assistance, watch the help video below.
Using Penji (CRC Online Tutoring) on the Website:
How to Download and Access Tutors on the Penji App:
- Download the app and log-in with your wID email and password
- Join your campus and courses
- View profiles, chat in-app, and schedule sessions, all with tutors from your school
Penji Student Sign Up on the App:
Who Can Use the RWC in Fall 2022?
Students enrolled at CRC may register to use the RWC, whether or not they are taking an English class. Enrollment in one of the ENGLB classes is not required, but if you enroll in an ENGLB course, you can earn credit for the course.
Attendance Requirement for Fall 2022 If You Are Enrolled in an ENGLB Course
Students may receive college credit for their work in the center by registering for
- .5 unit (22.5 hours attendance required) or
- 1.0 unit (45 hours attendance required).
An ENGLB class is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis, and no lectures are given. Hours will be tracked through Penji.
Help with composition, grammar, and study skills.
“While I was in the M.A. program at CSULB, I failed in an writing exam and participated in discussions with peer tutors each week. It really helped me to develop my speaking and writing skills and organization of my thoughts through practice with that person. I can successfully pass and graduate from the program.”
Haengku Yoon, Economics Faculty
Frequently Asked Questions
The Reading Writing Center at the main CRC campus has 49 workstations, each equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office (2016).
The Reading Writing Center at Elk Grove Center has 16 computers, each equipped with Windows 10; and Microsoft Office (2013).
Internet access is available for students to complete Canvas assignments and perform library/general research.
Absolutely—ESL students are welcome in the Reading Writing Center! ESL students may register for an ENGLB class at any time during their studies at CRC, but they should realize that the ESL Department also offers several great ESL skills labs. If students are unsure which lab to enroll in, they should talk with the staff in the ESL/Foreign Language Lab (LRC-221), the Reading Writing Center at the main CRC campus (LRC-203), or the Reading Writing Center at EGC (EGA-204) to determine which English lab might be best for their learning situation.
Possibly. There are eight ENGLB classes (ENGLB 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, and 299). The College Admissions office allows students to take each ENGLB class for up to one unit. The number of times a student can take an ENGLB class, then, depends on how many units the student registers for and how many hours he/she completes. For example, if a student enrolls in ENGLB 70 for 1 unit and completes the required number of hours in the lab, at the end of the semester that student will receive 1 unit and will not be able to re-enroll in ENLGB 70. However, if a student enrolls in ENGLB 70 for .5 unit and completes the required number of hours in the lab, at the end of the semester that student will receive .5 unit in the lab and will be able to re-enroll in ENGLB 70 for another .5 unit if desired.
No. Enrollment in an ENGLB class is not automatic and is not related to enrollment in any other class.
During the fall and spring semesters, many English professors work in the RWC from one to four hours per week. Instructional assistants (IAs) are on duty most hours the RWC is open. In addition to assisting students with their work, the IAs run the lab and take care of other lab matters: questions on lab procedures, trouble with a computer, and so on.
By checking the schedule, students can find out if and when their professors work in the RWC. This schedule changes every semester.
No appointments are necessary. As long as students are enrolled at the college, they are free to come to the lab any time during the hours of operation.
Grammar resources and reading modules will be available for all students who enroll in an ENGLB course, but students can also find grammar information/exercises online. Our Library is also an excellent resource for research, writing, and citation help.
Sierra Hoff and Rebecca Menchaca
August 21 to December 7, 2023
Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
For in-person computer access, please visit the Library at CRC's main campus. See the Library page for the most up-to-date hours.
Learning Resource Center, LRC 203