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Tutoring Center - Common Questions

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Who is eligible to receive tutoring?

All RSCCD students, in both college credit classes and adult education classes, can receive tutoring help. Non-RSCCD students are not entitled to receive help from tutors.

Do I have to pay for the tutoring I receive?

No. The SCC Tutoring Center is available to all RSCCD students free of charge.

What qualifications do SCC tutors have?

Most SCC tutors are students from within our own district. However, a few of the tutors are upper division students at local universities. Regardless, all tutors are selected on the strength of their applications, transcripts, and interviews with the Tutoring Center Specialist. Additionally, a full-time professor must recommend and approve each prospective tutor. We choose tutors who have above average abilities in their field(s) as well as strong interpersonal skills. Furthermore, all tutors attend training workshops in which they learn and practice the basics of tutoring at the college level. 

Where is the Tutoring Center?

For your convenience, the Tutoring Center is located in the center of campus...in the "D Building" room D208, next door to the Academic Success Center.

What are the hours for tutoring?

The Tutoring Center is open: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Closed: Friday and Saturday (Hours for summer and Intersession vary. Please call 714-628-4791)

For which subjects are tutors available?

Tutors are available for 25 different subjects, including: Accounting, Psychology, Communications, Political Science, History, Sociology, etc. (See our 'Find a Tutor' link)

How much tutoring can I receive?

RSCCD students are not limited to any number of hours. Stop by as often as you like!  

Does SCC provide private tutors ?

The SCC Tutoring Center does not provide private tutoring.

Why should I go to tutoring?

Generally, students go to tutors for help with specific course content. However, many students come to the Tutoring Center to stay on track and improve there mastery of course content and exam prep, as well as study skills, organization, and time management​. We recommend that students get into the habit of making regular visits to the Tutoring Center from the beginning of each semester. Students assigned essays or research papers are also welcome to go to tutors for help throughout the writing process, from getting started with research...to the final draft.

So if I go to tutoring, I'll get an 'A', right?

Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees. In most disciplines, and especially in writing, subjective criteria account for some part of the grade. Tutors will help to the best of their ability, but ultimately the grade you receive is based on student performance and each professor's requirements.

How do I choose a tutor?

​Many students choose a tutor on the basis of his or her schedule. They simply look at the schedule to choose a tutor in the subject whose hours are at a convenient time. Also, it may be to the student's advantage to get help from a variety of tutors.

When should I go to tutoring?

It's up to you, of course. We suggest that you come to the Tutoring Center soon after you receive your assignment. In the case of writing assignments, this gives you time to rethink ideas, organize, and rewrite. 

Do I have to make an appointment?

The Tutoring Center does not require an appointment. Tutoring is on a first-come, first-serve walk-in basis. Walk-in tutoring is almost always available. Other subjects have more limited availability, so acquiring the tutor schedules ahead of time at the Center, Online, or over the phone is recommended. 

This tutoring stuff is great! How can I ever repay you?

The best way to let us know about a good experience you had with tutoring is by filling out an evaluation form.  ​​​​​​​​​​​