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General Academic Areas (GAA) - Tutoring Center

The Harrington Learning 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. 


Types of Tutoring and Current Tutoring Schedule

We offer both individual and small group tutoring, both by appointment. You can currently view our complete Fall 2019 Schedule. Please note that additional subjects and hours may be added throughout the semester. Please email gaa [at] for inquiries regarding subjects not currently listed on the schedule. All tutoring is available only for the course subjects listed and apply only to current QCC courses for which a student is registered.  

How to Make an Appointment

You can make an appointment via email, phone, or visiting us in person. See our information on the right for our email, phone number, and location on campus. If you make an appointment and need to cancel or reschedule at any time, you can do so using those same methods. Appointments can be made in either half-hour or one hour increments. Appointments are limited to a total of two hours per week per course. 

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking 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. Smarthinking 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, and subjects and times, on the right.


GAA Walk-In Workshops

We offer free, walk-in workshops on a variety of topics for various subjects throughout the semester. Check out the flyers below for our Fall 2019 workshops: 

Academic Skills Workshops

The Fall 2019 Academic Skills Workshops are available throughout the semester to offer a variety of strategies to help students gain the academic skills needed for college success. Workshops are free for students. To sign up for a workshop, email tutoringcenters [at] 

Resources for Faculty

Sample Text for Syllabus

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

Class Orientations

We offer a brief (five-minute) in-class, in-person orientation introducing your students to our services. Please email us at gaa [at] with your preferred date and time if you would like to schedule an orientation for any of your courses. Orientations can be scheduled at any point throughout the entire semester, and can be scheduled more than once (i.e. if you’d like a reminder for your students around midterms).

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.