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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. 

Learn more about how we can support you in your coursework

Summer 2022 Tutoring (In-Person and Online)

We offer in person and online tutoring, both by appointment. 

View our complete schedule of in-person and online tutoring on our Summer 2022 Tutoring Schedule.  

To make an appointment for a tutoring session:

  1. Find the subject, class, tutor, and day/time that works best for you from the schedule above. Take note of whether it is in person or online. 
  2. Email gaa [at] with your selection.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email for your appointment. If it is an online appointment, you'll receive instructions how to access the session. 

Where to Find Us

In person: Room 222 Harrington Learning Center

Online: The General Academic Areas Tutoring Center Blackboard course. If you are a currently registered student, this Blackboard course is automatically available to you. You can also access, use, and download all of the resources on our Blackboard without signing up for a tutoring session. To locate our Blackboard:

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

Watch how to access the GAA Tutoring Center.

Individual and Small Group Tutoring

You can sign up for a one-on-one session, or a small group session. What's the difference between individual and small group tutoring? Check out the benefits of both. ​

Review Sessions and Workshops

Depending on your course, we offer a variety of additional review sessions and workshops. Come see us in person or check the GAA Blackboard for our most current 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 ThinkingStorm's Login Instructions on the right.

Technical Assistance

During the first week of classes, you can drop into the GAA, either in person or online, for assistance in getting set up with your course online products, like MyLabs, no appointment needed. We can also assist you with quick navigation questions about Blackboard and Zoom. For further questions on Blackboard, Zoom, Microsoft Office products, or any other technical product, use the QCC Help page

Resources for Faculty

Referring Students to Us

If you are a faculty member, advisor, or online 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], 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 our syllabus statement.

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 the Blackboard Job Aid for quick and easy instructions. 

Class Orientations

We offer a ten-minute class visit orientation from one of our tutors. The orientation can be done either in person or virtually. To sign up for an orientation, please follow the instructions in the faculty outreach email you receive at the start of the semester. 

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 follow the instructions in the faculty outreach email you receive at the start of the semester to submit a recommendation.