Writing Center & English 800 Center at College of San Mateo - Instructions for Students: English 828
skip directly to Main Content Navigation Search A-Z Index Find People Top Story Breadcrumbs Footer
Labor Day Weekend
No Classes, Campus Closed
August 30 - September 1
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
Writing Center & English 800 Center
Instructions for Students: English 828

What is the English 828 To Be Arranged (TBA) requirement?

The TBA is a requirement for successful completion of your English 828 course. It provides the opportunity to enrich your learning beyond the classroom, through a number of activities and materials that your teacher chooses for you. It is essential to come into the English 800 Center at least once early in the semester.

How will my classroom instructor know how much time that I have spent on my TBA requirement?

Whenever you come into the English 800 Center, you will be checking in and out on our SARS attendance program, which is on the computer at the front desk.

How do I know what to do for the TBA?

Based on your writing skills and the goals for the course, your English 828 instructor will decide how you should fulfill this requirement and will give you a blue reporting form that tells you what activities you should complete during the semester. For example, your English 828 instructor may ask you to sign up for one-on-one conferences so that you can get help with your writing or homework.

How do I get started?

If your English 828 instructor has asked that you do activities in the English 800 Center, bring the blue reporting form that your instructor has filled out for you, and you will be given an orientation and can watch a podcast about the center.

How can I use the center?


  • With an appointment, English instructors can help you with homework and essays as well as editing and proofreading strategies.
  • Two-hour ESL Grammar Workshops can help with your editing and proofreading skills if English is your second language.
  • Tutorials on specific writing skills are available in the center.
You can use the computers in the English 800 Center or Quiet Room to research, write, and print your essays, with English instructors available to answer quick questions when you get stuck.

Where should I go for help if the English 800 Center is closed?
You can go to the Writing Center to make an appointment, see an instructor, or get help with homework or a tutorial.

What should I do if my instructor does not give me a blue reporting form?

Ask your English 828 instructor to give you a blue reporting form, so you can use the resources in the English 800 Center.

Can I get help with my writing in the English 800 Center even if my instructor has not assigned conferences?

You can always sign up for an appointment with an English 800 Center instructor to get help with an essay, either for your English class or another course you are taking. You can also choose to do tutorials to improve your writing skills.

What should I bring to my essay conference?


  • your blue reporting form
  • the writing that you want to work on
  • your assignment sheet
What can I expect from a conference with an English 800 Center instructor?

Your center instructor will spend about twenty minutes discussing your essay, homework or tutorial with you. Come prepared with questions or specific areas that you need help with. The center instructor's goal is to help you to become an independent editor of your own writing.

How will the TBA affect my grade for the course?

Ask your English 828 instructor, who will determine how the HBA affects your course grade.