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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your office hours? 

Can I get tutoring for a placement or proficiency test?

When should I fill out a tutor request form?

How much does tutoring cost?

Are there tutors in every subject?

What should I bring to a tutoring session?

Do I need to prepare for a tutoring session?

What should I do if I need to miss a tutoring session?

Can I get tutoring for more than 1 class?

What should I do if I need more tutoring than you have available?

How many sessions of tutoring can I have?

Is this the only place on campus to get help with a class?

If I am late for an appointment, will the tutor wait for me?

 Could I become a tutor?

Are tutors evaluated?

 Can I get a tutor to help me online?

Where is the The Learning Commons' office?

What are your office hours?

Hours for Fall & Spring Are:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Fall & Spring Hours Yet to Be Determined

Can I get tutoring for a placement or proficiency test?

The Learning Commons offers tutoring to LCC students for course(s) in which the student is enrolled.  Placement tests help assess each student's basic reading, writing, and math skills.  These tests help determine if a student has the skills needed to comprehend the basics of a course. If a student does not have the skills needed to begin the class, then it would usually be very difficult for that person to succeed.  Placement test scores correlate with courses LCC designed to assist students in developing necessary skills.

The Mathematics Program has sample math placement test questions on its web site.  This gives a general idea about the various concepts for each level of math and how to prepare for the placement test.  If you need assistance with reviewing materials for placement tests, it is best to start with a sample test available from Mathematics Program or the Assessment Center. Tutors are available for students taking Arithmetic Boost.  Once you have taken the tests, check with the Advising Center to discuss recommendations for what class(es) to take.

Tutoring is designed to supplement students' learning, not take the place of a class. When enrolled in a recommended course, you can request tutoring. This may increase your likelihood of succeeding in the class.

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When should I fill out a tutoring request form?

Tutoring is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can submit a tutor request form after you have registered for courses, but no earlier than Monday of the week before classes begin.  Tutor request forms are taken on an on-going basis throughout the semester.  You can come to the Learning Commons reception area, 108 Arts & Sciences to fill one out, or download a tutoring form to print pdf file, complete, and mail or fax back to us (address and fax # on request form).

How much does tutoring cost?

Tutoring is offered free of charge for LCC students, for the class(es) in which they are enrolled.  

What should I bring to a tutoring session?

You should bring what you would bring to class such as course syllabus, class notes, textbook, calculator, pencils, pens, etc. 

Are there tutors in every subject?

Tutoring is available for most core courses, as well as some others. To find out if there is tutoring in your course, simply contact us.

Do I need to prepare for a tutoring session?

Before your tutoring session, you should prepare by doing your class reading and homework and preparing a list of questions or topics that you would like to cover.  If you feel totally lost, think of two or three general questions

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Can I get tutoring for more than one class?

Yes, if there is a tutor for the classes during an open time in your schedule.  Simply fill both classes in on your tutor request form, and we will do our best to schedule you with a tutor who can help you with both courses during your weekly appointment.

What should I do if I need more tutoring than is available?

LCC has a wealth of resources to assist students.  

Start by asking your instructor if s/he has office hours or appointment times available to assist you. Also ask if s/he uses e-mail to correspond with students. Many LCC classes use the internet-based program Desire to Learn to post helpful information, correspond with students, answer questions, etc. Ask your instructor if there is an D2L site for your class.

Some departments have walk-in assistance available: The West Campus Resource Center (WCRC) provides access to Textbooks and other course materials, reference materials, computers, drafting table and other resources and is located in U245 at West Campus. The Writing Center is located in Arts & Sciences Room 251.  Departments such as Mathematical Skills have very useful information on their web sites.

You may also request additional time from The Learning Commons staff. Stop in or call and see if a tutor is available for a walk-in appointment that day or the next.  If there is not, we can put you on our waiting list and phone you if an appointment becomes available.

How many sessions of tutoring may I have?

You may request more time if needed. Staff will attempt to honor these requests when possible.

The Learning Commons has many more tutoring requests than available appointments. You may be scheduled with one or two other students from a class or have one appointment time to cover more than one class. (For example, a student may be assigned one 50 minute tutoring appointment per week to cover both Writing and Psychology.) We attempt to give all students one appointment per week before we give an individual more than one scheduled appointment per week.

What should I do if I need to miss a tutoring session?

If you need to miss a scheduled appointment, call (517) 483-1206 or email tutoring@lcc.edu at least two hours in advance. Let the staff know that you will not be coming, so that the tutor can work with another student. You may be able to re-schedule or receive a walk-in appointment.

If you miss two sessions, including excused absences, the appointment may be given to another student, in which case you will have to wait for the next available opening. If you would like to continue tutoring, you will need to notify the The Learning Commons office. 

Is this the only place on campus to get help with a class?

No! Your instructor is the primary source of information and help for a class. Also check with the department through which the class is offered. Sometimes there are tutors and walk-in help offered in connection with the class. Check out LCC's Support Services for information on counseling, advising, and learning resources.

If I am late for an appointment, will the tutor wait for me? 

Yes, the tutor will wait 10 minutes for you. Likewise, we ask that you wait 10 minutes for the tutor if necessary.  If  you know ahead of time you will be running late, please call and leave the tutor a message.

 Could I become a tutor?

Job descriptions for all Learning Commons positions can be found in our Employment section. Applications for available positions may be completed through LCC's HR Department.

Student tutor positions are posted in the Center for Employment Services in the Student Services Center on the second floor of the Gannon Building . You must be enrolled for at least six credits and have an overall grade point average of 2.7, with a 3.0 in your major areas to qualify.

Are tutors evaluated?

Every student who attends a tutoring session is encouraged to complete a survey. The surveys are available in the Learning Commons. Please feel free to discuss questions or concerns with your tutor and/or the The Learning Commons Coordinator.

Can I get a tutor to help me online?

Online tutoring is done on an appointment basis using e-mail, chat, and/or online whiteboards.  Please complete a Learning Commons Tutoring Request Form  and indicate  that you would like online tutoring.  Return the completed tutor request form to our office on the 4th floor of the Library in the TLC building or by any of the methods indicated in our Tutoring Request Form  link.  Please feel free to call (517) 483-1206 if you have questions about our scheduling process. 

Where is The Learning Commons' office?

The Learning Commons is located in Room 108 of the Arts & Sciences building, building 12 on the LCC campus map.

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Tutoring Services at Lansing Community College

The Learning Commons
108 Arts & Sciences
Phone: (517) 483-1206
Fax: (517) 483-1222
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