Everyone needs help now and then to understand difficult concepts, to get schoolwork organized, or to move past a mental block. HCC is committed to helping you succeed in your classes, so they hire many tutors whom you can visit for free to get that additional help. In spring of 2014, 89% of students who received tutoring in math and 86.5% of those who received tutoring in English succeeded with an A, B, or C grade in their class.
Tutors equip you to learn independently. Thus, they will not to give you answers or do the work for you. Instead, they will clarify ideas, teach you study skills, help you manage your time and class papers, give you extra opportunities to practice and quiz yourself, and help you find and use resources. They can be your cheerleaders, helping you gain the confidence and skills you need to successfully direct and manage your own learning.
Whenever RLRC is open, HCC students can drop by the front desk for help with writing, or drop by room 109 for help with math. The Supplemental Instruction groups for General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology are also drop-in, but have a specific schedule. Whether you drop in or make an appointment for tutoring, come prepared with a specific question and with your class assignment, books, notes, and anything else you may need.
If you can’t make it to RLRC to get tutoring, you may receive tutoring online. Arrange an online appointment by contacting RLRC or turning in a Personal Tutoring Request form (see "Personal Tutoring" below) with a note that you'd prefer to meet online. We use an easy-to-use program called Zoom, which is similar to Skype and Facetime. It permits real-time video and audio along with features for chatting, screen-sharing, highlighting, and more.
**Note that the asynchronous online tutoring described below is currently unavailable as of 1 July 2015 while we transition to a new learning management system. We expect it to become available again before the fall semester begins. Synchronous tutoring for math and writing is still available during the July semester.**
For math and writing, students may alternately get asynchronous tutoring--without an appointment--at any time, and tutors will respond during RLRC's open hours. This is available in a forum on the HCC learning management system. To get there, click the Resources tab in your DragonZone account and choose "Library Services." Then click the HCC Math Tutor or HCC Writing Tutor Group. This will take you to the group’s home page where you can click the link to the forum, read the instructions, and post a question. We try to respond within an hour, but please note that we may be slower if the face-to-face labs are busy.
Perhaps you need help in another subject that the drop-in labs and SI sessions don’t cover, or perhaps those sources of help don’t suit your style of learning or schedule. Then you can request a personal tutor who will meet with you and perhaps one other person in your class. You may arrange regular appointments for one or two hours a week in Rimmer or online. If we do not currently have a tutor for the class you’re in, we will try to find one or will recommend another method for you to get the help you need.
Athletes’ schedules are filled with practices, classes, and games. To accommodate this, HCC offers study halls at certain times in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters in Rimmer. This provides athletes with tutors, as well as access to a computer lab to work on assignments and online classes. Athletes may contact their coaches about expectations for student athlete attendance and for the team’s study time slots. Alternately, contact Paula Freeman at 620-665-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or after 5 pm, contact Jan Stutzman at 620-665-3449 or email@example.com.
For Spring 2015, basketball study hall is scheduled for 7:30-9 pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Football study hall is scheduled for 7-8 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Start dates are yet to be determined.
Specific academic departments provide tutoring for courses offered through their departments. Please contact your department to see what tutoring they provide.