Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

SY Student Learning Center

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.

We offer

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.

Contact Heiko Spoddeck, ALC Math Instructor or Laurel Spillum, ALC English Skills Lab Instructor if you have any questions.

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:

  • Tuesdays: 6 - 8pm (Steve Cox)
  • Wednesdays: 10 - 11:30am (Elise McLain)
  • Thursdays: 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.

Free Workshops

Everyone is welcome!

Workshop schedule
Workshop Location Date Time Presenter
Learn How to Type! Introduction to typingclub.com LIB 138 Friday, February 10 12 - 1pm Nerva Pfund
Passive Voice LIB 144 Monday, February 13 11am - 12 noon Elise McLain
Sentences and Fragments LIB 144 Wednesday, February 15 1 - 2pm Nancy Bennani
Perfect Tense LIB 144 Thursday, February 16 3 - 4pm Eric Nelson
Pronoun Practice LIB 144 Tuesday, February 21 2 - 3pm Colleen Barajas
Completing the Writing Process - Revision Techniques LIB 144 Wednesday, February 22 12 - 1pm Elizabeth Wilson
Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing, Addition or Substitution LIB 144 Wednesday, February 22 1 - 2pm Peter Hoang
Sentences and Fragments LIB 144 Monday, February 27 3 - 4pm Kelsey Keeler
Preposition Practice LIB 144 Tuesday, February 28 2 - 3pm Shannon Gratrix
How to Write a Literature Review (most appropriate for science and social studies) LIB 144 Wednesday, March 1 1 - 2pm Adrienne Tremain
Semicolons, Colons and Dashes, Oh My! LIB 144 Wednesday, March 1 3 - 4pm Timothy Ong
Conditionals LIB 144 Thursday, March 2 3 - 4pm Eric Nelson
American Expressions and Idioms (most appropriate for non-native speakers) LIB 144 Monday, March 6 3 - 4pm Abbas Habibi
Summarizing and How to Avoid Plagiarism LIB 144 Tuesday, March 7 11am - 12 noon Elise McLain
Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables LIB 144 Wednesday, March 7 1 - 2pm Peter Hoang
Analyzing Literature - Characters, Symbolism, and Theme LIB 144 Wednesday, March 15 1 - 2pm Adrienne Tremain

Math resources

Contact Heiko Spoddeck, ALC Math Instructor for more information.

Cheat Sheets

Great Trigonometry Cheat Sheet

  • 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 Resources
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.

Composition podcasts
Grammar & Punctuation podcasts
Grammar & Writing
Study Skills
Communication & Pronunciation

Casual, Work-Study, and Volunteer Positions


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