Center for Tutoring and Academic Support
Stefan Spezio, Director
Located on the first floor of the Schmeller Library Building, the Center for Tutoring and Academic Support (CTAS) provides face-to-face and online tutoring and other academic support interventions for all essential courses, as well as for writing assignments across the curriculum. With its friendly staff of highly trained tutors, mentors, and other instructional support personnel, the CTAS provides QCC students with services designed to strengthen their academic skills and meet their personal learning goals.
Tutoring and support personnel receive professional development each semester in techniques including implementing learning style strategies, critical thinking skills, study skills, group dynamics, and the use of educational technology as both a teaching and learning tool. With their high degree of professionalism and competence, center support staff enable students to become more independent, self-regulated learners and expressive communicators.
Center services include:
Assist with understanding course specific content and concepts
Assist with drafting, organizing, and revising all writing assignments including research papers, reports, and journals for all classes across the curriculum
In-center and online class visits providing small group tutoring to an entire class section focusing on a specific assignment
Live online course-specific and writing assistance available via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Online asynchronous writing tutoring via TigerWrite
Small group tutoring sessions including reading and grammar review sessions to strengthen students’ comprehension and address sentence-level grammatical concerns
Small group tutoring sessions and workshops fostering academic and personal development including English language communication
Providing access to learning tools including anatomical models, microscopes, and slides as well as multiple subject specific software packages
Course-specific exam and topic review sessions
Formerly offered through the Mathematics Learning Center, CTAS now also offers math tutoring, including:
Providing one-to-one, in-person and online tutoring sessions for all QCC math courses
Providing small-group sessions, organized by course or on request, that enable students to work with their peers
Providing exam review sessions, including midterm and final exams, to help reinforce course material and prepare for upcoming exams
Providing math workshops during the summer sessions and winter intersessions to fulfill students’ remedial needs thereby allowing students to register for credit-bearing courses for the fall or spring semesters
CTAS is a welcoming space with multiple purposes to meet the needs of students. The Life Lab provides a dedicated space for students studying the life sciences; it allows students to access anatomical models, microscopes and other materials on their own or in groups under the supervision of a tutor or laboratory assistant. Additionally, the Center has a dedicated space for students looking to study on their own, attend an online course, or meet in a study group.
Instructors may refer students to CTAS informally or through using Starfish. Students are invited and encouraged to visit the Center either virtually or face-to-face on their own. Tutoring sessions are available by appointment (either one-time or recurring), on a drop-in basis in both face-to-face and online modalities. The center is open Monday through Saturday, including four evenings a week (Monday to Thursday). Call, email, or visit our website for additional information. All CTAS services are available at no additional cost to QCC students.