FAQs - Student Learning Center

What are the subjects you tutor?

We offer free tutoring services for a wide variety of subjects.  Please view the links on the right hand side for a complete list of subjects and schedules.

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, see Other Academic Support Centers.

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.  In these situations, the front desk will ask you for additional information, and get back to you regarding the possibilities for tutoring.

How do I get tutoring services?

Just stop in at the SLC in L-125 and speak with any of the front desk staff.

What should I bring to a tutoring session?

You must bring your QCC TigerCard to every session.  In addition, come prepared with materials that you would like to review (textbook, class notes, PowerPoint slides, etc...)  Your tutor will also ask for the professor’s name and course code.

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 walk-in tutoring. 

When should I make arrangements for tutoring?

You can make arrangements for tutoring at any time during the semester. Please note that some subjects fill up very quickly, so if you anticipate a need for a tutoring appointment, you should make 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 Director and/or Associate Director.  Before any tutor can begin tutoring, they must complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation and 6 hours of co- tutoring.  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?

Please see our Work at the SLC page for requirements and application procedures.