The ASC offers free individual or group tutoring in many subjects, including Math, Chemistry, Spanish, EAP, Reading, and any course requiring Writing. No appointment is necessary; please drop in and see us! If you need assistance in a course that we do not offer, please contact us and we will determine if tutors in a related course can help or try to locate a tutor on another campus.
What to Expect
The job of ASC tutors is to support and encourage you to become a successful student. They will help you understand how to do a task by asking you questions and giving you time to think about and practice a concept or problem. Our goal is to help you develop the skills necessary to complete the work on your own!
How to Prepare
In order to make the most out of your ASC experience, we encourage you to visit us early. We can better assist you if you give yourself enough time to understand and practice the material.
Come prepared - review your course materials, notes, or any assignment guidelines, attempt the homework on your own, and note problems or areas that you would like to discuss or review.·
Participate - ask questions, work through practice problems, and be willing to discuss the concepts with other students.·
Attend class and visit your instructor’s hours - tutoring is not a substitute for class; it is your opportunity to ask questions and clarify your understanding of course materials.
The ASC is for current HCC students only. Students must sign in at the front desk with their Hawknet ID. Computers are for academic purposes only.
Be courteous: keep your voice down and avoid any disruptive behavior. Cell phones should be silenced, and calls should be taken outside of the center. ·
No food allowed. Only drinks in closed containers are allowed, and no drinks on the computer counters.·
No children allowed. Students accompanied by children are encouraged to access SmarThinking at the Cyber Café computers.
The ASC provides support for all math courses offered at HCC, helping you understand the structure of your textbook and showing you how to get the most out of available resources. We offer assistance with MathXL and MyMathLab homework, textbook homework, and handouts that have attached answer keys. We also have textbooks, calculators, and solution manuals available for use in the ASC as well as calculators for use in the ASC or the classroom. Before you meet with a tutor, you should do the following: read through the material and your notes, attempt to work the assigned exercises - noting those that you have questions about, copy examples of questions that you would like to discuss with a tutor.
Writing AssistanceAt the Academic Success Center, we’re here to listen, make suggestions, and show you helpful resources.ASC tutors can help you develop a clearer vision of how an assignment or goal can be met while helping you develop the skills you need to work independently. We can help you improve as a writer and better understand your writing process by talking about organization, paragraph development, citations, and common error patterns. We don’t proofread or edit student work, though we can assist you to become a better reader of your own work by encouraging good writing habits, such as drafting and reading aloud. We encourage you to make us a part of your writing process, from brainstorming to revising to polishing. Since we can’t always cover all your questions or concerns, please leave enough time to return. In fact, we encourage you to come early in the writing process.Students from all courses are encouraged to visit one of our helpful writing tutors today!
Foreign Language AssistanceIf you are a student in Elementary Spanish I or II (SPN1120/1121), you are encouraged to visit the ASC for individual or group assistance (up to five students); tutors can assist you with grammar and provide conversational practice, including role-playing real life scenarios. We also offer review sessions for exams.
Reading AssistanceIf you are a student in a Reading course, the ASC can assist you improve reading comprehension, including identifying main ideas, supporting details, inferences, implied main ideas, relationships, purpose, and tone. Students in College Prep Reading (REA 0007/0017) are also welcome to use ASC computers to work on online Townsend Press assignments.Any student wishing to improve overall reading comprehension, especially how to read and use textbooks effectively, is encouraged to visit the ASC to speak to one of our helpful reading tutors.
EAPThe ASC provides individual and group assistance to all EAP students at no cost. Tutors can help you develop and improve your English skills, offering you strategies for brainstorming, developing, organizing, and revising your paper; reviewing grammar and sentence structure; or practicing spoken English. Visiting the ASC provides you with opportunities to review course material, ask questions, and receive feedback. Visit one of our helpful and knowledgeable tutors today!