FAQs - Student Learning Center

Where is the Learning Center located?

The Center is located on the first floor of the Library in Room 125 (L-125).

What are the Learning Center hours?

During the fall and spring semester, the Center is open the following days and times:

               Monday through Thursday           9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

               Friday                                        9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

               Saturday                                    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

During the summer session, tutoring is available the following days and times:

               Monday through Thursday            9:00 am - 6:00 pm

What are the subjects you tutor?

We offer free tutoring services for a wide variety of subjects:

Arts and Humanities (Foreign Languages, Art History, Music)
Sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Health Sciences, Physics)
Social Sciences (Economics, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science)

I need help in subjects you haven't listed.  How can you help me?

If you need help in areas that aren’t serviced by the Student Learning Center, you will be able to find help at other learning support centers at QCC.  For additional information about help in other subjects, go the Additional QCC Learning Centers page on this website.

While we make every effort to accommodate students’ requests for tutoring, there are rare occasions when we do not have a tutor immediately available.  Reasons for this vary: there may not have been prior requests for help in a particular subject; the subject may be in a very “specialized” area; or, it may be difficult to find an individual who is both qualified and able to tutor.  If this situation arises, contact the Learning center Coordinator and/or Office Assistant.

How do I get tutoring services?

Just stop in at the SLC and speak with any of the front desk staff.

How often/long can I work with a tutor?

Students can sign up for a maximum of 4 hours of appointment tutoring per week and they may also take advantage of drop-in tutoring. 

When should I make arrangements for tutoring?

You can make arrangements for tutoring at any time during the semester. Appointments for Foreign Language fill up very quickly, so if you anticipate a need for a tutoring appointment, you should make those arrangements as early in the semester as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Can I use the same tutor for all my sessions?

While we understand that you may feel more comfortable with one tutor more than others, we encourage you not to become too dependent on any one person.  Our goal is to help students become independent learners and working exclusively with one person can prevent this. Remember also that tutors’ and students’ schedules of availability do not always match.  Keep focused on your goal which is to succeed in your course(s).

What if I have to miss an appointment with my tutor?

Always call the Learning Center at (718) 631-6660 and let us know when you cannot attend your tutoring appointment. By calling to let us know that you will not be here during that appointment time, your tutor will then know that he/she can make themselves available to help other students during that time. Please note that if you miss too many sessions, your appointments can be terminated.

Are the tutors trained?

Absolutely! Every tutor must first meet academic qualifications and be approved for employment following interviews with the Learning Center Coordinator and Tutor/Faculty Coordinator.  Before any tutor can begin tutoring they must complete a minimum of 6 hours of tutor training.  In addition, they are required to complete an additional 10 hours of training sessions throughout the semester.

How can I apply for a tutoring position?

Stop in at the Learning Center to pick up an application.  After completing the application, bring it along with the required forms to the center.  You can also print an application by visiting the Work at the SLC page of our website.

Qualifications and Training: Applicants must have: 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, 2) a B+ or better in courses(s) they wish to tutor OR proof of competence in those subjects, and 3) excellent interpersonal skills. Training is a requirement of continued employment as a tutor at the Student Learning Center. It begins with a tutor’s employment and continues throughout the tutor’s tenure at QCC.