Information for Students


Making an Appointment with a Tutor

On the main campus, ESL tutors are available in A-13, the ESL Tutoring Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, please go to A-17, the ESL Office (ext. 2272 or 3264), or A-13 (ext. 4482). No more than two appointments can be made at any one time, and only one appointment can be made for any given day.

In Escondido, ESL tutors are available in the TLC (Teaching and Learning Center) during the regular semester. No appointments are necessary to see an ESL tutor in Escondido.

In all locations, you must be a current student of Palomar College and have your Palomar ID number to receive tutorial services.

Top Tips for Making the Most of Your Tutoring Sessions

  1. Change your attitude about seeing a tutor. Successful students enjoy hanging out at a tutoring center and getting help from the tutors. Think of the center as your daily gym and not an emergency room. Visit the tutoring center early and often in the semester. Do not wait until it is the night before the due date for an assignment.
  2. Apply time management skills by making tutorial appointments and arriving on time.
    A Checklist: Remember to bring -
    • your homework sheet
    • notes and handouts from your teacher
    • your textbooks
    • your own study notes
    • your specific questions
    • two copies of your draft
    • any research cited in your work
    • your Palomar ID number
    If you are going to be more than a few minutes late, call (760)744-1150 ext. 4482 to inform the tutor on duty. You should always call (760)744-1150 ext. 2272, 3264, or 4482 to cancel or re-schedule an appointment. Chronic no-shows will be referred to the director of ESL Tutoring Program before they can make appointments again.
  3. Arrive with appropriate preparation and materials, i.e. your textbook, your assignment sheet, your teacher's notes or referral slip, your drafts, and your specific questions for the tutor.
  4. If you come in for assistance with a paragraph or essay you have written, please bring two copies of your draft and, if possible, an electronic copy of your document on a flash drive.
  5. Expect to do most of the talking and writing while being guided by the tutor.
  6. Do not expect the tutor to just edit your paper for you, give you every answer, or cover everything. A successful tutoring session is a collaborative process aimed at higher levels of student learning.
  7. Demonstrate self-reliance by articulating what you need to work on following each tutoring session.

What Is New in Spring 2014

Starting 2/8, the ESL Tutoring Center will have Saturday hours: 9:00 am to 12 noon.

Our first-ever newsletters: click here for the March issue and here for the April issue.

The ESL Computer Lab in A-19 will be turned into a "Study Hall" every Friday, and an ESL tutor will be on hand between 10 am and 3 pm to answer questions and offer homework assistance. You don't need an appointment to use the "Study Hall." Click here for the Study Hall flyer.

Almost every Friday, there will be an "English Leaners Friday" workshop, also in A-19. For a list of the topics, workshop times, and targeted levels, click here. Please go into A-19 or A-13 to sign up for these workshops in advance.

Resources for College Success

In addition to taking advantage of our dedicated ESL tutors, who are ready to give you one-on-one attention and work jointly with you for your language success, you can delve into self-help at the ESL Tutoring Center at any time during open hours. We have dictionaries, grammar books, readers, conversation practice cards, vocabulary development materials, editing resources, computer programs, and a primer for developing study skills and improving academic habits.

You can also go online and search for useful resources and tools to help develop your language and study skills yourself. Here is a sampling of such resources.

Latest Flyer

Click here for a flyer for our ESL Tutoring Center on the main campus in San Marcos.

Tutor Recognition

Click here to recognize a tutor who has made outstanding contributions to student success.


Click here to offer your suggestions so that we can improve our work.

Looking for Other Tutoring Programs?

Click here for tutoring programs for other academic subjects.