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Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions

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

FAQ Questions


Yes. Students currently enrolled in classes at TMCC can use the drop-in services to get questions answered. Drop-in tutoring takes place in the Tutoring and Learning center in the Library. We require that you sign in on the kiosk and check in with the receptionist when you arrive.

No, many students who come in to The Writing Center are "A", "B", and "C" students who want an extra pair of eyes to look over the paper.

No, this is a free service for all TMCC students, including TMCC High School students. All we ask is for students to sign in with their student ID.

Yes, so long as you are a registered TMCC student, we can help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER.

We can offer help in either our appointment or drop-in settings. We ask that all students who would like to receive help preparing for the ACCUPLACER take a diagnostic test prior to coming in for tutoring to help determine what concepts and skills you should focus on in your session.

We recommend the free practice test available through College Board, but any diagnostic test works. Please be sure to bring in a copy of your results.

Tutoring is offered at the TMCC Tutoring and Learning Center.

Earn a B in the class you would like to tutor, get a faculty member to complete a recommendation form, and apply online. Learn more about Working with Us.

You will get an email report of your session when you schedule an appointment. The email will be sent to your TMCC email address. You can then print or email your report for your instructor.

Some students may qualify for additional tutoring; please see your counselor in the DRC for specific accommodations.

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

TMCC Tutors will work with you to improve the content of your paper. They are trained to look at the "big picture", including organization and development of ideas, and evidence of a thesis with clear and logical support. If they have time, they can help make sentence-level revisions, including strengthening and varying sentences, refining style, omitting inappropriate or imprecise language, and helping with grammar and mechanics. They do not simply "fix" papers.

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

If you continue experiencing error message issues, please contact us.

You need to schedule an appointment online or come see us on the first floor of the Learning Commons. To access TLC's online scheduling system, you need to know your TMCC username and password. Then follow the instructions from our website on how to make an appointment.

Please cancel your appointment. The Tutoring and Learning Center Scheduler will only allow you to cancel appointments up to 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you are unable to cancel your appointment in time,  please contact us immediately. If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the start of your appointment, it will be marked as a missed appointment. Excessive late cancellations can affect your ability to continue to make appointments.

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.

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

Our tutors are mainly TMCC and UNR student's who have done well in their classes and want to share their knowledge and passion for writing with others.