We are an informal, drop-in tutoring and study area. We offer free tutoring in math, English, statistics, accounting, business, philosophy, and more for PCC students on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have a computer lab (PCs only) and offer English and Math self-paced lab classes. We are staffed by a combination of faculty, professional, work-study and volunteer tutors.
- Monday-Thursday: 9-8
- Friday: 9-3
- Saturday: 10-3
- Sunday: Closed
We close at noon on the first Friday and all day the first Saturday of the term. During finals week we are open Monday-Tuesday, 9am – 8pm and Wednesday-Thursday, 9am – 5pm.
See the current tutoring schedule.
English and Math self-paced classes
Take English Skill Building or Math classes for 0, 1, 2, or 3 credits at your own pace with the help of our Lab Instructors.
English Conversation Groups
Improve your English speaking and listening skills. Everyone is welcome! Come join us in Library, Room 144 (SLC Conference Room), during any of the following meeting times:
- Mondays: 4 - 6pm (Abbas Habibi)
- Wednesdays: 10 - 11:30am (Elise McLain)
- Thursdays: 9 - 11am (Steve Cox)
- Fridays: 9 - 11am (Steve Cox)
- Saturdays: 11 - 1pm (Abbas Habibi)
Begins Week 2 and ends the week before finals. Students may join these groups at any time on a drop-in basis. Groups are most appropriate for students at ESOL Level 4 or higher.
English Conversation Partner Program
Meet one-on-one with a conversation partner. Come visit to find out more!
- If you are a non-native speaker (and a PCC student) who would like to improve your English speaking and listening skills, just drop in to work with a volunteer. Volunteers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the posted schedule in the Student Learning Center.
- If you speak English like a native speaker and would like to volunteer, fill out a volunteer availability form and submit it to Shani Ong.
Everyone is welcome!
|Tips for Timed Writing||LIB 144||Thursday, April 6||12 - 1pm||Bonni Goldberg|
|Note-Taking Strategies (option 1 of 2)||LIB 144||Tuesday, April 11||12 - 1pm||TBD|
|Reading Strategies||LIB 144||Tuesday, April 11||1 - 2pm||Colleen Barajas|
|Beginning the Writing Process - Prewriting Techniques||LIB 144||Wednesday, April 12||1-2pm||Eliazabeth Wilson|
|Introduction to Factoring||LIB 144||Monday, April 17||2 -3pm||Usha Patel|
|Basic Sentence Patterns||LIB 144||Monday, April 17||3 -4pm||Sophie Bridges|
|Pronoun Practice Part I||LIB 144||Tuesday, April 18||1 -2pm||Colleen Barajas|
|Structure of an Essay||LIB 144||Tuesday, April 18||2 -3pm||Claudia Hutchinson|
|Note-Taking Strategies (option 2 of 2)||LIB 144||Wednesday, April 19||1 -2pm||TBD|
|Identifying Reliable Sources||LIB 144||Wednesday, April 19||2 - 3pm||Adrienne Tremain|
|Using Commas||LIB 144||Thursday, April 20||1 -2pm||Nancy Bennani|
|Analyzing LIterature- Characters, Symbolism, and Theme||LIB 144||Thursday, April 20||11:30-1pm||Adrienne Tremain|
|Learn How to Type! Introduction to Typingclub.com||LIB 138||Friday, April 21||12 -1 pm||Nerva Pfund|
|Pronoun Practice Part II||LIB 144||Monday, April 24||1-2 pm||Colleen Barajas|
|Perfect Tense||LIB 144||Monday, April 24||2-3 pm||Eric Nelson|
|How to Write a Literature Review (most appropriate for science and social studies)||LIB 144||Wednesday, April 26||1 - 2pm||Adrienne Tremain|
|Solving Word Problems (best for Math 60, 65, 70, and 95)||LIB 144||Thursday, April 27||12 -1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Sentences and Fragments||LIB 144||Thursday, April 27||1-2pm||Nancy Bennani|
|Rules of Exponents (option 1 of 2)||LIB 144||Monday, May 1||12 - 1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Introduction to Factoring (option 2 of 2)||LIB 144||Monday, May 1||2 -3pm||Usha Patel|
|Passive Voice: What is it and How Can I Avoid It?||LIB 144||Tuesday, May 2||11 - 12pm||Elise McLain|
|Rules of Exponents (option 2 of 2)||LIB 144||Thursday, May 4||12 - 1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Conditionals||LIB 144||Monday, May 8||2 - 3pm||Eric Nelson|
|Building Vocabulary - Sharing Helpful Strategies||LIB 144||Monday, May 8||3 - 4pm||Abbas Habibi|
|Adjective Clauses||LIB 144||Tuesday, May 9||11-12||Elise McLain|
|Semicolons, Colons and Dashes, Oh My!||LIB 144||Tuesday, May 9||2 -3pm||Timothy Ong|
|Adding & Subtracting Fractions With Numbers and Variables||LIB 144||Thursday, May 11||12 -1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Related Rates||LIB 144||Monday, May 15||12 -1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Solving Equations by Factoring||LIB 144||Monday, May 15||2-3 pm||Usha Patel|
|Adverb Clases||LIB 144||Tuesday, May 16||11 - 12pm||Elise McLain|
|Finding the Main Idea||LIB 144||Wednesday, May 17||11:30 -12:30pm||Elise McLain|
|Citations for Academic Research||LIB 144||Thursday, May 18||12 - 1pm||Kelsey Keeler|
|Rules of Logarithms (option 1 of 2)||LIB 144||Monday, May 22||12 -1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|Rules of Logarithms (option 2 of 2)||LIB 144||Thursday, May 31||12-1pm||Chia Stockwell|
|How to Write a Summary||LIB 144||Tuesday, May 23||11 -12pm||Elise McLain|
|Adding Pizzazz to Your Writing||LIB 144||Tuesday, June 6||2 - 3pm||Claudia Hutchinson|
Contact Heiko Spoddeck, ALC Math Instructor for more information.
- Learning Math is Different - understand math as a subject
- Resources - know and utilize the resources that are available to you
- Time Management - find time for studying, homework, and the rest your life
- Effective Listening & Notetaking - make the most of your time in class
- Homework - make the most of your homework
- Studying for an Exam - find out how studying is different from homework
- Math and Test Anxiety - learn strategies for managing your anxiety
- Working With Your Math Textbook - use your math textbook effectively
- Watch PCC's instructors explain topics from MTH 20, MTH 60, MTH 65, and MTH 95. They are good!
- KhanAcademy: (all math) Excellent videos, but you can also login and practice. Important: You do not have to go through every practice, you can pick and choose.
- HippoCampus: (MTH 20, 60, 65, 95, 111) Excellent videos, many from Khan Academy, but they are more closely related to our courses. However, the topics are not in the same order.
- CoolMath: (MTH 20, 60, 65, 95, 111, 112) Good and flashy :)
Websites recommended by students
- Statistics Symbols with definitions and formulas
- Math, Statistics, Set, and other symbols with definitions and examples
- For those who use R in their Statistics class, here are some websites to help you learn how to use R:
- A comprehensive site that covers data generation, data files, statistical operations, and graphs
- A page describing R probability distributions. (R Web is not available to PCC. Paste statements into an open R window instead)
- A set of tutorials on R
Calculator Support Sites
ClassPad: A list of step-by-step guides
English Skills resources
Contact Laurel Spillum, ALC English Skills Lab Instructor for more information.
- Biased Language: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Figurative Language (Wordplay/Better Writing Language): Flocabulary
- How to Write Better: Writing Tips on Voice, Tense, Perspective, Cliché and Wordiness
- Introduction to English Composition: Educator.com
- Introduction to Ethos, Pathos, & Logos: Texas A&M Writing Center
- MLA Style & Formatting: University of Wisconsin and Educator.com
- Sentence Variation: Texas A&M Writing Center
- The Ultimate Introduction: Online English Video Lessons
Grammar & Punctuation podcasts
- Apostrophes: Online English Video Lessons
- Capitalization: Online English Video Lessons
- Colons and Semicolons (British): Video jug
- Comma Usage in Clauses: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Commonly Confused Words:
- Contractions & Homonyms: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Degrees of Comparison for Adjectives: Texas A&M Writing Center
- ESL Countable & Uncountable Nouns: Online English Video Lessons
- Hyphens & Dashes: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Misplaced & Dangling Modifiers: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Passive & Active Voice: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Prepositions: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Pronouns: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Punctuating Coordinating & Subordinating Sentences: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Punctuating Restrictive & Non-Restrictive Modifiers: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Quotation Marks:
- Semicolons vs. Other Punctuation: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Simple, Compound, & Complex Sentences: Texas A&M Writing Center
- Special Cases in Subject-Verb Agreement: Texas A&M Writing Center
Grammar & Writing
- CCC Foundation-Guide to Grammar & Writing
- Daily Grammar
- Dave Sperling’s Grammar Page
- Education Portal Academy
- Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation Links
- Jack Lynch’s Grammar & Style Notes
- McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- BBC: Learning English
- CNN News
- ESL Gold
- Study Guides and Strategies (See “Guides: Reading and Research” section)
- Townsend Press Learning Center
- English Vocabulary
- English Vocabulary Guide
- Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation Links
- Townsend Online Learning Center
- Marie Rackham’s 30 Unit Spelling Course
- Capital Community College
- Study Guides and Strategies (See “Guides: Writing and Vocabulary—Spelling Exercises” section”)
Communication & Pronunciation
- Daily ESL: Conversation Starters for English Students
- Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
- American English Pronunciation Practice
- How to Learn English Effectively: The Sounds of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet
Casual, Work-Study, and Volunteer Positions
- Math Work-study and Volunteer Tutor: Math tutor positions are available for students who wish to volunteer or who receive work-study through Financial Aid. Please fill out an application form and give it to the SLC Coordinator, Kellin Thompson in LIB142.
- English Work Study and Volunteer Tutor: English tutor positions are available for individuals who have been awarded Federal Work Study on their Award Nonfiction Letters or are interested in volunteering in the Student Learning Center.
- Federal Work Study Front Desk Assistant Positions
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