Perhaps you need help with a particular assignment, lesson, or skill. Perhaps you need help with a term paper, a research project, or an essay. Maybe you need advice on how to begin such assignments, or you need reassurance that you are heading in the right directions with those activities. If so, bring your homework to Guides Studies. We are available to help you with any academic difficulties that you may be experiencing in class or with course material. If we don’t have the solution, we will help you find someone who does. We offer this service to all currently enrolled TCCC students.
If you require more assistance than our instructors or labs can provide, please speak with one of the following individuals: the GS Coordinator, the GS Lead Instructor, your advisor, or TCCC’s Coordinator of Counseling, Special Needs, and Student Activities.
Note about Tutoring
The GS cannot provide lengthy, extensive one-on-one tutoring sessions (more than 30 minutes) to single individuals. We do not provide home tutoring, after-hours tutoring, or high school/middle school tutoring. At this writing, we do not provide tutoring via the web. Students who are taking hybrid or online classes are strongly encouraged to communicate first with their online instructors regarding course content, materials, difficulty, and/or Blackboard assistance and next with the lab assistants in TCCC’s staffed computer labs (times and locations announced on TCCC’s webpage). Your online instructors can answer course-specific questions, and the lab assistants can help you with Blackboard navigation and various issues related to computer access. For more information about Blackboard or specific Blackboard issues, please contact TCCC’s Distance Learning Coodinator. If, after speaking with the above individuals, you still have questions or concerns about your online class, please feel free to contact the GS Coordinator to discuss your situation. The GS Coordinator may be able to help you locate answers to your questions or people who can answer your questions. He or she may be able to suggest ways to resolve any academic online concerns that you have.
Note About Competitive Writing Activities & Contests
Occasionally, college students are invited to write competitive, non-class related essays for the purposes of pursuing scholarships, awards, opportunities, honors, membership, and/or other programs. GS instructors cannot provide direct writing center services or assistance for such activities because these essays are, by nature, competitive. This means they must adhere to specific, established organizational guidelines, and they must genuinely represent the student’s own original style, skill-level, communication abilities, and efforts at the time of creation for appropriate, fair, and legal student consideration in the competition or contest. In such competitive cases, GS instructors refer students to the following helpful websites for general writing tips and/or punctuation and grammar review:
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)