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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Support Center - Frequently Asked Questions

Is tutoring free?

Yes, tutoring is free for all courses you are enrolled in at HCC.

What subjects do you tutor?

Tutoring is available for most courses.

  • The Writing Center will help with writing and reading assignments for any course.
  • The STEAM Center of Excellence provides content tutoring for science and math courses, including computer science, business, accounting, and more.
  • The Center for Academic progress provides tutoring for Math and English intensive courses (English 092i, 094i, and Math 095i).

What kind of tutoring appointment is best for me?

Tutoring is available in-person on campus, live online with video chat, or online by etutoring.

If you want to meet with a tutor and have a conversation, then on-campus or live online with video chat are great options. Live online with video chat is a great way to talk with a tutor from the comfort of your home.

Etutoring allows you to submit your essay or assignment and questions. With etutoring, you do not need an appointment and you do not meet with your tutor. Your tutor will review your request and email you feedback.

Do I need an appointment?

The best way to meet with a tutor is an appointment. You can walk in, call, or email at any time to check for availability. If a tutor is not booked when you walk in, you may be able to meet right away.

How do I make an appointment?

o To “For tutoring appointments and all questions please contact us by phone at 203-332-5019, email at , or visit Lafayette Hall Room B152.

How much tutoring can I receive per week?

You can receive 1 hour of tutoring per week for each course you are enrolled in. For example, if you are enrolled in English, psychology, math and history, you could meet with a tutor for up to 4 hours that week if each meeting is for a different course. o If you would like to request more tutoring than that, please ask us at .

How long does a tutoring session last?

Your appointments are scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes, but tutors will start and end the sessions. Tutors may conclude a session 5 or 10 minutes before the scheduled end time.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Make sure to bring all materials that might help the tutor understand how to help you. For example, you should bring:

  • any draft work you have done for the assignment
  • assignment instructions
  • class syllabus
  • textbook and/or class notes
  • professor feedback
  • calculator

Can I receive tutoring for a take-home test?

Tutors cannot assist with any tests, quizzes, or assessments.

Can you check my grammar for me?

Writing tutors will show you how to identify grammar issues and correct them yourself but cannot correct or proofread your papers.

Will tutors solve a math problem?

Tutors will guide you to following the steps to solve math problems.

Does my course have tutoring requirements?

It might, but those are up to your professor. It is always a good idea to ask your professor about course requirements and tutoring.

How does a professor know if I went for tutoring?

In the Writing Center, you can request a copy of a report about the tutoring session that you can then submit to your professor. Professors can contact the ASC anytime at to get a report on student use of tutoring.

For any further questions, please visit the ASC in Lafayette B152, call at 203-332-5019, or email .