1. What is the Tutoring Center?
The Tutoring Center is one of the
three Academic Success Centers. The Academic Success Centers include
the Math Resource Center, Tutoring Center and Writing
Center. The Tutoring Center offers tutoring for most of HCC
subjects except math and writing.
2. What is the mission of the
The mission of the HCC Tutoring
Center is to provide academic support to all students
enrolled at Highline Community College.
Our primary goal is to create an open atmosphere of
learning for students.
We assist students in numerous academic disciplines
through a variety of tutoring techniques by addressing their
individual needs in a constructive environment. A part of
our mission is to work closely with our faculty, as well as
other offices that support student services.
3. What subjects are offered at the
The Tutoring Center offers most HCC
Math and Writing. Math and Writing are offered through
the Math Resource Center and Writing Center respectively.
Based on requests from students and
faculty, we are offering the following subjects:
Reading Across Curriculum/Study Skills
4. Why doesn’t the Tutoring Center offer
other HCC subjects except the ones mentioned in #3 above?
The Tutoring Center determines which
subjects to be offered based on the requests from both faculty
and students. Then from the faculty’s recommendation of
potential tutors, we hire and train the tutors.
5. What do faculty and students need to
do if their subject is not offered at the Tutoring Center?
Contact the Tutoring Center for the
Faculty looks for potential tutors
(students, including international students, who have
completed the course with a grade of 3.5 or above) and sends
them to the Tutoring Center to complete the application
form. All tutors MUST be current HCC students to work in the
Tutoring Center. (The application package can be accessed
either at the Tutoring Center or online at
Faculty writes a recommendation
letter (the form is included in the application package) and
sends it to the Tutoring Center Director.
Upon receiving and reviewing the
application, the Tutoring Center Director will interview the
potential tutor and take care of the hiring and training
**It is important that faculty notifies students about the new
tutoring subject and sends students to the Tutoring Center for
6. Who determines the tutoring hours?
The instructor and the tutor work
together and determine the best tutoring hours for students.
7. Who are the tutors?
All tutors are referred and recommended
by HCC faculty. They are current HCC students, who have received
a grade of 3.5 or above in the subject they are tutoring. All
tutors are HCC employees who are required to register for the
tutor training course and participate in ongoing training. The
goal of the tutor training program is to help tutors to promote
student independence, active learning and motivation. At the end
of the training course, all qualified tutors receive
International Tutor Program Certification from CRLA (College
Reading and Learning Association).
8. What are the benefits of becoming a
Develop leadership skills.
Help others succeed.
Improve your own study skills.
Earn money while attending school.
Receive college credit for tutor training.
Receive national certification in tutoring.
Add to your scholastic and career resume.
9. Is the tutoring one-to-one?
Tutoring is often done one-to-one or in a
group, depending on the availability of the tutor and number of
students at the time.
10. Do tutors help faculty and students
in their classroom upon request?
No. Our tutors are not instructors, nor
are they TAs. They don’t respond to requests for helping out in
the classrooms. However, they often do class visits to promote
the Tutoring Center. Faculty and students are encouraged to
invite tutors to their classrooms for this purpose.
11. Where can I find the basic
information (e.g., tutoring subjects, schedule, etc.) about the
You can find the information at
12. What is the Tutoring Center Blurb?
The Tutoring Center (Bldg. 26, R319) provides
support to all Highline students. Trained and certified peer
tutors assist students in numerous academic disciplines through
a variety of tutoring techniques by addressing their individual
needs in a constructive, student-centered environment. Drop-in,
group tutoring, one-on-one consultations, and workshops are free
to all currently enrolled students.