Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions

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

FAQ Questions

General

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, 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.

Tutoring is offered at the TMCC Tutoring and Learning Center.

Tutoring is offered at the TMCC Tutoring and Learning Center.

Contact us for a current list of courses.

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.

Earn an A 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.

To ensure you get the time and tutor you want, you should schedule your appointments one week in advance (appointments can not be made more than one week in advance through our scheduling system).

We suggest that you see a tutor at least 48 hours before you have to turn in your assignment or take an exam.

If you are having difficulty in a class, the first thing you should always do is meet with your instructor. 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.

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

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.

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

For math or science tutoring, we generally recommend drop-in tutoring unless you need intensive one-on-one help with a particular concept(s). You can receive unlimited drop-in tutoring, and you are welcome to stay as long as you like and ask as many questions as you need. Tutors generally help students on a first-come, first-served basis, and will come back and check on you periodically as you work.

For writing tutoring, we generally recommend scheduling an appointment to work with a tutor in a one-on-one setting. Students who want to brainstorm ideas for a paper or who have a typed paper that is fewer than three pages can schedule a 30-minute appointment whereas students who want research help with a librarian or who have more than four pages typed should schedule an hour-long appointment. Drop-in writing tutoring can cover quick questions, including how to change formatting, how to fix a sentence that might not look correct, or a quick look at an outline. Tutors may encourage students to schedule an appointment if they are unable to answer questions in a short period of time.

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.

If you would like to see a tutor for a quick question, come by our office with your TMCC Student ID or ID number, sign in at the kiosk, and then check in with the receptionist for drop-in tutoring.

You must cancel your appointment online or by calling 775-674-7517.

Log on to MyTMCC 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, select "Cancel this Appointment."
  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 attend your scheduled appointment. If it is too late to cancel your appointment, please call us immediately.

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.

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, schedule a 30-minute or 60-minute appointment.

To access the 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.

All students can use up to 3 hours per week of individual tutoring in the subject areas we offer.

You can work with tutors in a one-on-one appointment or in drop-in tutoring or by attending a group review or workshop. You get get tutoring help in math, science, business, social sciences, foreign languages, and writing for any TMCC class. 

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 main location is on the Dandini Campus, in the Sierra Building, first floor of the Library.

Limited math and writing tutoring also takes place at the Meadowood Center in the Library.

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

Writing Center

Yes! Bring in the assignment sheet from your teacher, and the tutor can guide you in techniques to help get you started (brainstorming, webbing, outlining, etc.)

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.

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.

When the Writing Center is hiring, we post all the information needed to be hired on our website. Typically, students must receive an A in both English 101 and 102 to be considered. An application, a resume, a copy of your transcripts, and a completed recommendation form is also required.

See our complete list of instructions on how to apply.

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.

  1. From any computer with internet access, go to TMCC's Tutoring and Learning Center Scheduler.
  2. Sign in using your TMCC username and password.
  3. Select "Writing" from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the time you would like tutoring and click on a white box.
  5. Enter all required information and click on "Save Appointment."

To ensure you get the time and tutor you want, you should schedule your appointments one week in advance (appointments can not be made more than one week in advance through our scheduling system).

We suggest that you see a tutor at least 48 hours before you have to turn in your assignment or take an exam.

No, all TMCC students who are currently enrolled (including TMCC High School students) are eligible to receive a maximum of three hours of free tutoring per week. All we ask is that you sign in when you get tutoring.

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.

Cancel your appointment online by logging onto your my.tmcc.edu and access the Online Scheduler.

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, select "Cancel this Appointment."

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 attend your scheduled appointment. If it is too late to cancel your appointment, please call us immediately.

Students can bring any items that might be useful, such as the assignment sheet, a course's syllabus, a list of ideas for a paper, comments from professors, one or more drafts of a paper, questions, problems, or a referral form. If a student is doing research for a paper, source materials--such as articles, books, and printouts of pages from websites--also can be brought in.

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.