Tutoring and Learning Center

Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Tutoring's most commonly asked questions.

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Can I get help from TMCC's Tutoring and Learning Center if I only have one question?

For students enrolled in a math class, we offer drop-in math tutoring. The drop-in math tutoring area is located inside the Tutoring and Learning Center, and it's a great place to get one or two questions answered or to get your math homework done. We have three computers in the drop-in center for students working on online homework. We do require that you sign in for drop-in math tutoring on the scheduling system when you arrive.

Do I have to pay for help in the Tutoring and Learning Center?

No, this is a free service for all TMCC students, including TMCC High School students.

Does TMCC offer tutoring services?

Tutoring is offered at the TMCC Tutoring and Learning Center.

For what courses does the TLC offer tutoring?

Contact us for a current list of courses.

How do I access Smarthinking for access to the online tutoring and learning center?

Smarthinking is an online tutoring center that provides "personalized learning assistance" in various subject areas and in writing. This service is independent of any course itself; therefore, it can be used when you feel you need assistance! See more information and instructions on using Smarthinking.

How do I become a tutor at TMCC?

When the TLC is hiring we will post all the information needed to be hired on our website.

How do I get verification of my appointment for my instructor?

Please ask the tutor to send you an email report of your session. The email will be sent to your TMCC email address. You can then print or email your report for your instructor.

How far in advance should I make an individual tutoring appointment?

To ensure you get the time and tutor you want, you should schedule your appointments one week in advance (appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance). We suggest that you see a tutor at least 48 hours before you have to turn in your assignment or take an exam.

I am having difficulty in one of my classes. What should I do?

If you are having difficulty in a class, the first thing you should always do is meet with your instructor. However, if you are considering dropping the class, look into the resources that are available to you before making your decision. Dropping a class may affect your financial aid, your Veterans' benefits, and your progress towards graduation. Always do your research before dropping a class. Resources available include, but are not limited to:

  • TLC (Tutoring and Learning Center) at TMCC staffs its inviting environment with well- trained tutors to help students become independent learners for academic success. Tutors are trained to create a positive learning experience, to clarify content and help students to attain higher academic achievement.
  • The Counseling Center is also available to assist students with relationships and other personal issues that can interfere with normal day-to-day life.
  • An emergency loan may be available through Financial Aid if you are enrolled in at least six credits and have paid for them and have a bona fide emergency during the school term related to educational expense.

I am registered with the DRC. Do students receive special tutoring accommodations?

Tutoring is not a state mandated accommodation. The Tutoring and Learning Center offers the same tutoring services to all students. Students may use up to two hours per week of individual tutoring per subject area we have available plus unlimited weekly time in our math drop-in tutoring center.

In addition to tutoring, what other benefits does the Tutoring and Learning Center offer?

The Tutoring and Learning Center has computers and printers available for student use, study space for group or individual studying, workshops for students on many topics and a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Is there tutoring for TMCC High School students?

Yes, tutoring is a free service for all TMCC students, including TMCC High School students.

What do I do if I see an error message when I first log into the system?

First-time users will sometimes see an error message when they log into the system. Simply refresh your browser (press F5 on a PC or Command-R on a Mac) to access the scheduling system.

What do I have to do to see a tutor?

You need to schedule an appointment online. To access the TLC's online scheduling system, you will need to know your TMCC username and password. Then follow the instructions from our Web site on how to make an appointment.

What if I can't make the appointment I scheduled?

You must cancel your appointment online. Log on to and access the Online Scheduler. From here, there are two ways to cancel your appointment:

  1. Find the appointment you would like to cancel (it will appear in yellow). Click on the appointment box in the schedule. At the bottom of the appointment window should be box to check that reads Cancel This Appointment. Check that box and then click on the Save Changes button.
  2. Once logged into the scheduler, click on Go to the Control Panel at the top of the schedule. It will list all your upcoming appointments. On the right hand side, you may click on cancel for any appointment you wish to cancel. If the cancel feature is not available, it may be too late to cancel, so please make every effort to make your appointment. If it is too late to cancel your appointment, please call the Tutoring and Learning Center immediately at 775-674-7517.

What if the Tutoring and Learning Center does not offer tutoring for the course I am enrolled?

We apologize, but we are not able to offer tutoring for all TMCC courses. If you would like to develop tutoring for a particular course, talk to your instructor and the other students in the class to see if there is a high level of interest in having a tutor for your class. Then speak with the Tutoring and Learning Center Coordinator about arranging tutoring for your course.

What is tutoring and how do I make an appointment?

Tutoring is a free service to students at TMCC. Because of that, students must be currently enrolled in the class for which they wish to receive tutoring. To see a tutor, you simply schedule a 30-minute or 60-minute appointment. To access the online scheduling system, you will need to know your TMCC username and password. Then follow the instructions from our website on how to make an appointment. All students can use up to 2 hours per week of individual tutoring in the subject areas we offer.

What type of tutoring can I gain from the Tutoring and Learning Center?

You can obtain tutoring help in the following areas: math, ESL, chemistry, biology, physics, economics, music, psychology, Spanish, reading, and writing for any TMCC class. Learn more!

What will I need to bring with me to a tutoring session?

You should bring relevant materials to your tutoring sessions, including the assignments for which you are having difficulties, returned exams and your textbooks and exercises. Complete as much of the assignment before your appointment, and come prepared to actively participate in the session.

Where is the Tutoring and Learning Center located?

Our main location is on the Dandini Campus, Vista building, room B106. From the Red Mountain or Sierra building, go in the Northeast entrance of the Vista Building, down the stairs and turn right. Limited math and writing tutoring also takes place at the Meadowood Center in the Library.

Who are the Tutoring and Learning Center tutors?

The center tutors are mainly students of TMCC and UNR. We also have instructors and community members who make up our staff.