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SON Writing Center

Academic Writing Coach & Writing Tutor Coordinator

As the Academic Writing Coach, Faithe Roberson is available to help students develop their reading and writing skills. Students are welcome to seek help at any stage of the writing process. Faithe incorporates collaborative tutoring strategies to help students cultivate a wide variety of writing skills, including effectively deconstructing prompts, generating ideas for assignments, correcting grammatical errors, and reviewing revision strategies. Appointments can take place in person or via Zoom. Contact to book appointments.

In addition to the Academic Writing Coach , The School of Nursing has partnered with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to provide writing assistance for our students. The volunteer tutors are retired professionals who are willing to give their time and expertise. We track aggregate data on students' writing skills when they seek tutoring assistance.


Meet Our OLLI Tutors

Barbara Gossett

Gossett_BarbaraBarbara spent her last 18 years of employment as a planner at Caltrans, writing reports and editing engineering documents. She retired in 2009, recently enough that she misses the fun and challenge of helping people construct readable reports that present sound arguments, peppered with well-chosen words, and she is looking forward to working with nursing students.

Christian Milord

Milord_ChristianChristian was born in Wisconsin and spent many years in Canada before moving back to the USA. Following his B.A., he served a tour in the United States Coast Guard, where he specialized in electronic radio navigation as well as financial management. He was a member of the Honor Guard for a year, and wrote articles for the USCG Training Center newsletter. After his service, he entered the teaching profession at CSUF. He earned a couple of credentials and his M.S. He taught for about 25 years in both private and public schools in Japan, Sacramento and Southern California. He retired from the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) in 2015. He’s taught about 4,000 students in his career. Currently, he’s mentoring students in various Schools at CSUF, taking part in veterans meetings, and writing articles.

Rafi Rahamim

Rahamim_RafiRafi Rahamim received a BSEE in Electonics/Computer Science from Cal-Poly in 1981. He graduated with his MBA from the University of Redlands in 1993, and earned an MA in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton in 2011. He has worked as a mortgage analyzer and is also an inventor, having invented 28 U.S. patents.

John Raphael

Raphael_John(In his own words): I completed two years of college as physics major. When Kennedy gave his “ask not” speech I joined the Army, just as the Viet Nam war escalated, was wounded – so they sent me computer school instead of the jungle. I spent three years fixing computers for the NSA. When I got out, IBM sent me to school, so I could fix their computers at Caltech. Then Caltech made me a Carnegie Fellow, so I could fix their astrophysics computers. The list goes on for another twenty years. I became the teacher at Calcomp, Hughes and Boeing; writing 105 books as a consultant along the way. I finished my BA in English at Cal Poly, where I met my wife of 44 years in poetry class. So we both earned our Master’s at CSUF, hers in Art, mine in English again. Boy do I love to read. My wife opened Orange County’s 1st children’s art school because they told us our oldest daughter wasn’t “gifted and talented” based on a 2nd grade IQ. The schools didn’t support visual learners or the kids gifted in art. It wasn’t in the budget.We raised four kids. Each one had to learn an instrument, take dance or karate, and pursue a sport. All four taught art at our school and earned every cent they spent. The three grown girls own their art school; their brother is a doctor. All four went to college on art scholarships. The Art House is alive and well after 25 years, but I retired. I’m here because our family spent so many great years at CSUF. I love to be here. And, there is almost nothing I’d rather talk about than writing.

Writing Tutor & Career Coach Schedule

To make an appointment: Email the School of Nursing regarding your appointment request with at least a 24-hour Monday-Friday weekday (8:00 am - 4:00pm) advance notice to: In your email, please include:

  1. Your preferred tutor
  2. Your first and second choice of time/date
  3. Your CSUF email address and CWID

A confirmation email will be sent to you. If you have any questions, please email

Writing Assistance and Tutoring FAQ

The tutors are prepared to help you with your writing and grammar skills - not APA formatting. For APA and other writing resources please visit HERE.

Who can seek writing assistance?

Any student enrolled in one of the nursing programs at CSUF.

Where does the tutoring take place?

The tutor can meet with you in person in EC-130F or online via Zoom, depending on the Tutor’s and student’s availability.

Can I just drop in for help?

No, tutoring is by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled at least 1 business day in advance. DO NOT EXPECT TO SCHEDULE A MONDAY APPOINTMENT OVER THE WEEKEND.

How long does a tutoring session last?

Tutoring sessions are scheduled in one-hour time slots.

What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

At least 24 hours before your appointment, email the rough draft of your paper to the tutor, along with the assignment rubric, so the tutor can look it over and be prepared to work with you when you meet.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

Bring the following to your tutoring appointment: two copies of your rough draft, the course assignment, the course syllabus with expected content and grading rubric for the assignment, any textbooks relevant to the course and/or the assignment, and any research materials relevant to the assignment.

What happens if something comes up and I cannot keep the appointment?

Please notify the tutor at least 24 hours in advance via email and also email