Tutoring

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Student Success Center

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The **POWER** of Education

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The **POWER** of Learning

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The **POWER** of Success

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Student Success Center

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The **POWER** of Community

Tutoring information at KCC has moved to the library's website (https://library.kcc.edu/tutoring.)
This change reflects the physical relocation of the Riverfront campus' tutoring space. Tutoring services has moved to the Student Success Center (SSC.) The recently renovated and remodeled SSC is on the upper level of the Miner Memorial Library.

As a KCC student, you have access to free tutoring services to assist you as you pursue your degree. Our tutor program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

Tutoring aims to supplement what is done in the classroom and during study time, not substitute for it. Our qualified staff is trained to assist you in an environment conducive to learning for short-term and long-term academic and personal accomplishment.

With that in mind, please share your feedback on the things we are doing well and/or how tutoring services can be more effective. We appreciate your time and value your input. Please use the online Tutor Feedback Form for your suggestions.

Tutoring services for all subjects can be found in the Student Success Center, on the upper level of the Miner Memorial Library. Please check in at the desk on arrival. Online tutoring is available at kcc.tutorocean.com.

You can also submit your papers online for writing help at kcc.tutorocean.com. Typically, you will receive feedback within 24 hours, Monday through Thursday (submissions received Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over breaks may take longer). Visit kcc.tutorocean.com to get started.

Schedule

Online tutoring is available at kcc.tutorocean.com . Tutoring is available in most core subjects. Online tutoring hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. M-Th, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. F. See specific schedules in the Schedules area below.

To make an online tutoring appointment, visit kcc.tutorocean.com and search for a subject or tutor name. Click on an individual tutor to see their availability and schedule a session at a time convenient to your schedule. Online appointments use webcams, audio, interactive whiteboards and other on-screen tools to create a learning environment that enables collaboration and communication.

The video below shows you how to make an online appointment with a KCC tutor.

Student Guide to using TutorOcean

Tutoring is available for most core courses. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs but cannot guarantee we will be able to find a tutor for you. Additionally, you can receive help with course-related Canvas questions or questions about other common technology such as MS Office or MyLabs products. We also offer tips for time management, studying, and test-taking strategies.

All students–in all course subjects–are welcome to visit for assistance with writing assignments at any point in the process! Tutors provide assistance with:

  • Developing writing assignment ideas through brainstorming, outlining and other invention activities
  • Providing feedback and suggestions during the draft stage of a written assignment
  • Recommending revision strategies to polish students’ writing

Technology and Health Careers

Tutoring services are also available for Technology and Health Careers courses. To find out if tutoring is offered for a particular Health Career course, please contact Jaime Cyrkiel at 815-802-8804 or jcyrkiel@kcc.edu.

To find out if tutoring is offered for a particular Technology course, please contact Karen Richards at 815-802-8854 or krichards@kcc.edu.

The KCC tutoring staff consists of current and former KCC students, community professionals and adjunct faculty members. Each tutor is required to complete CRLA Regular/Level 1 Training by the end of the semester in which he/she is hired. Tutors are highly proficient and in some cases have mastered the subject area they tutor.

For more information on the services available from Tutoring Services, contact Tracy Conner at 815-802-8403 or tconner@kcc.edu.

Please take the following steps to maximize the benefits of tutoring:

  • Attend all class meetings. Your tutor cannot help if you are not familiar with the material your instructor is covering.
  • Know class assignments and teacher instructions. Your tutor will be better able to assist and time will not be wasted determining what you should work on if you know the assignment.
  • Complete assignments and review before tutoring sessions. This includes reading the text, reviewing class notes and preparing questions for your tutor.
  • Bring appropriate materials (book, paper, handouts, calculator, etc.). Make sure you have everything you will need to cover the material you are seeking help with.

Preparing for tutoring sessions will help you realize the greatest benefits of the service. It will also help you become a better student.

What are the benefits of tutoring?

The goal of tutoring is to empower students toward becoming independent and fearless lifelong learners. Tutors can provide you with valuable feedback on how to approach the course and the material. Tutoring provides content reinforcement of the material that has been presented in the classroom.

Do I have to pay for tutoring?

No. Tutoring is a free service to currently enrolled KCC students.

Who receives tutoring?

Everyone! Some of the students who come to the tutor labs are already doing well in their classes and want to do better or get ahead. It is crucial to take advantage of tutoring services before you fall too far behind. Tutoring will not help you if you sign up for a last-minute session before the big test!

What should I bring to my tutoring sessions?

Bring your syllabus, textbook, class notes, assignment details, questions and your work to date.

What happens during a tutoring session?

Your tutor will ask you what you need and how you have approached the subject so far. He or she will involve you in a discussion of the course material. Tutors are trained to help you find your own correct answers. They assist you with basic reading/writing/math skills necessary for success in your college courses. Your tutor will also help you with note-taking and test-taking skills, and tips on how to study your particular subject.

Do I need an appointment or an instructor referral to see a tutor?

No. Tutoring is available on a walk-in and first come, first served basis during open lab hours. However, an instructor may advise you to visit the tutoring center if he/she feels that you can benefit from the services offered. Online tutoring sessions do require an appointment, but appointments do not need to be made in advance; you can sign up for the next available time slot.

Can tutors help me with a take-home test or quiz?

No, but they may assist students with working through similar problems that could appear on a test or quiz.

Can I study in the tutoring center?

Tutoring Services can be busy at times. During such times, we appreciate your cooperation in making space available for students currently seeking tutoring help. During slower times, when space is available, you are welcome to study in the tutoring center.

Can I receive tutoring if I have a disability?

Yes. If you have a documented disability please contact the Office of Disability Services to ensure you receive the proper accommodations and support services needed for a successful educational experience. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Disability Services to receive such services.

These resources are available to improve your skills and improve your chances for success at KCC.

Learning/instructional strategies

Learning strengths/styles

Canvas

Accounting

English

Mathematics

Science

Test Preparation

Tutoring Services is always looking for qualified tutor applicants. We hire only the most qualified individuals to become tutors. Our tutors care about and are committed to helping others learn. The majority of our tutor hiring is initiated through faculty referral. However, if you meet the minimum qualifications and have a passion for assisting others, please communicate your interest to Tracy Conner at 815-802-8403 or tconner@kcc.edu.

Minimum Qualifications

All prospective tutors must have the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 15 credit hours of college coursework preferred; college coursework in area of tutoring required for college level tutoring
  • Achievement of GPA of 3.2 or better in content area college courses and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college coursework attempted preferred
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivation skills and ability to work with little supervision required
  • Reliable transportation to tutoring site(s) required
  • Functional literacy in reading, writing and computation skills as well as computer literacy

Before applying, review the complete position description.

Questions and concerns related to tutoring services can be directed to Tracy Conner, 815-802-8403, or email tconner@kcc.edu.