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General Academic Areas (GAA) - Tutoring Center

The General Academic Areas (GAA) Tutoring Center is a tutoring and student resource center that offers appointment-based tutoring for a variety of academic subjects. We promote active, collaborative learning, where students work with a tutor in one-on-one and small group sessions to help clarify course concepts and build study skills to foster independent learning. All GAA resources are available for students in both on-the-ground and online current QCC courses, and are available only to current QCC courses for which a student is registered. 

Remote Tutoring - Spring 2021

While QCC remains remote for the Spring 2021 semester, all GAA tutoring sessions and all other resources are on the General Academic Areas Tutoring Center Blackboard course. If you are a currently registered student, this Blackboard course is automatically available to you. 

To locate us: 

  • Log into The Q
  • Click on Blackboard
  • Under "My Courses and Communities," find the General Academic Areas Tutoring Center

Watch this video to see how to access us. 

Tutoring Sessions

Watch our orientation video to learn more about how we can support you in your coursework. 

To make an appointment for a tutoring session:

  1. Find the subject, class, tutor, and day/time that works best for you from our current Spring 2021 Schedule
  2. Email gaa [at] qcc.mass.edu with your selection.
  3. You will receive an email with instructions how to access your individual tutoring session on Zoom via our Blackboard.

Individual and Small Group Tutoring

We offer both individual and small group tutoring. What's the difference between individual and small group tutoring? Check out the benefits of both. ​

Blackboard and Zoom Assistance

Follow the links below for assistance with remote learning tools: 

If you need further assistance, email us at gaa [at] qcc.mass.edu. Always check with your instructor first to see exactly what technology you'll need and will be using for your course. 

Review Sessions and Workshops

Depending on your course, we offer a variety of additional review sessions and workshops. Check the GAA Blackboard for more information. 

Additional Online Tutoring

ThinkingStorm is an online tutoring service that offers live, on-demand tutoring for both on-the-ground and online courses in a variety of subjects. Students can chat live with a tutor, submit a question or problem, or submit a paper for review. ThinkingStorm is free and available to all current QCC students, and can be accessed through their QCC course's Blackboard dashboard. See the information about how to log in on the right.


Resources for Faculty

Referring Students to Us

If you are a faculty member, advisor, online liaison, or remote learning coach, please use Starfish to refer your students to us. If you are a faculty member who does not use Starfish, please feel free to email us at gaa [at] qcc.mass.edu, or please encourage students to refer to the outreach they receive from us.

Sample Text for Syllabus

If you would like to include us on your syllabus, please consider this suggestion for text. 

Linking the GAA Blackboard Within Your Course's Blackboard

If you would like to link the GAA's Blackboard directly within your own course, please follow this job aid for quick and easy instructions. 

Class Orientations

At the start of the semester, you received an email with all current information about the services we offer for your subject area. In that email is a link to our new video orientation, created and voiced by all of our tutors. Please feel free to show or post that video in your courses. If you need the link to video, please email gaa [at] qcc.mass.edu

Peer Tutor Recommendations

Tutoring is an excellent way to allow high-achieving students to gain experience by working with their peers. It is also a good resume-builder, leadership opportunity, and opportunity for students who may be inclined towards careers in the education field. Recommendations from QCC faculty members for outstanding, qualified students are enthusiastically encouraged and sought throughout the academic year. The application process is rolling, as tutoring positions may become available before, during, or after any semester. Please complete and follow the instructions on the GAA New Tutor Recommendation form to submit a recommendation.