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Academic Support Services: Tutoring

BriAnne Nichols

Director, Academic Support Services

Tutoring Services​:        

​Mary Levenson, Coordinator           

Elisabeth Greer, Writing Lab Coordinator                   

Harold Washington College's Learning Resource Center offers free tutoring and academic support services to assist students in achieving personal and academic success. Tutors are available in a wide variety of subjects to assist students through one-on-one and group tutoring sessions. We encourage any student to seek tutoring to gain a deeper comprehension of course content and to enhance learning development.                 ​​​​​​  

Taking advantage of tutoring services is quick and easy.                           

  1. Check tutor availability or make an appointment using GradesFirst. Log into GradesFirst. On your homepage, you'll see your courses listed and a link to schedule a tutor appointment. You can find drop in tutoring services or make an appointment.
  2. Visit our Learning Resource Center. Meet the tutoring staff and make arrangements for tutoring services.
    • Learning Resource Center (main) - Room 409
    • Art Tutoring - 8th Floor
    • Applied Sciences - 7th Floor
    • Math Tutoring - Room 702
    • Music Tutoring - 3rd Floor
    • Science Tutoring - Room 923
    • Writing Tutoring Lab - Room 203A

  Tips for a Successful Tutoring Session:                  

  1. Don’t procrastinate. We are happy to assist you with study prep, note taking, brainstorming, and final revisions, but please do not wait until the last minute to request tutoring services. It is important to remember that tutoring sessions are limited in time, so plan accordingly.
  2. Come prepared to tutoring sessions. Bring any relevant textbooks, syllabi, class materials, notes, and papers. It is easier for the tutors to provide excellent tutoring service if you bring the appropriate materials to a tutoring session. Additionally, it is important for your tutor to refer back to any relevant materials provided by your instructor.
  3. Read your textbook and any relevant material provided by your instructor. It is difficult for you to understand the course material if you have not read assigned pages from the textbook. Additionally, the tutors cannot provide assistance if you have not read the appropriate material(s).
  4. Come with a plan and questions. Know what material you would like to cover within that tutoring session. Actively participate in the tutoring sessions by having a list of questions to ask your assigned tutor.
  5. Tutors will not do your homework for you. We strongly encourage you to attempt to complete your assignment prior to requesting a tutor so you can take note of specific concepts where you need help. You and your tutor can review these concepts and work through similar problems. However, the tutor cannot do your homework for you nor help you with take-home tests, quizzes, or projects.
  6. Be Respectful. Do not talk on your cell phone or cause distractions while working with your assigned tutor.

Take the Tutoring Satisfaction Survey here!​​    

Subjects Available for Tutoring:
Accounting ​ ​                Anthropology                      Applied Sciences​ ​                      Architecture
Art​ ​                              Biology ​                               Business ​                                    Chemistry
​Child Development ​    Chinese ​                               CIS                                             Economics
​English                        ESL  ​                                    French                                        ​History
​Humanities ​                 Italian ​                                  Japanese                                     ​Literature
​Math ​                           Music ​                                  Philosophy ​                                Physics
Psychology ​                 Social Science ​                    Spanish                                      Speech    

 Upcoming  Academic Workshops:

Please email with any questions or to RSVP for workshops.

English Workshops:  Wednesdays at 1:00-2:00 pm & Thursdays at 11:00-12:00 (Room 408)

June 17 & June 18: Reading Comprehension:  Learn tips for understanding and remembering the main points of a text—great for both improving general study skills and your placement test score.

June 24 & 25:  Structure of Essay: Learn how to outline your essay using the five-paragraph format. There will be a special focus on creating effective introductions and conclusions.

July 1 & July 2:  Thesis Statement Creation: Gain the tools you need to create an effective and argumentative thesis statement and carry it throughout your essay.

July 8 & 9: Grammar: Practice utilizing proper punctuation and correct subject-verb agreement—two subject areas that are prominent on the Compass Test

July 15 & July 16: Sentence Structure: Learn the difference between simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Also practice the appropriate use of transition words and sentences.

Math Workshops: Wednesdays at 2:00-3:00 pm &Thursdays at 12:00-1:00 pm (Room 408)

June 17 & June 18: Factoring and Arithmetic: Come get back to the basics with us!  Learn key mathematical skills to pump up your number sense.

June 24 & 25: Order of Operations: CUBE Plan:  A simple method to help you solve ANY word problem.

July 1 & July 2: Fractions: Brush up on all things fractions.  Make friends with the lowest common denominator.  

July 8 & 9: Signed Numbers: Learn how to best work with negative numbers.



Other Tutoring Centers:                  



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Contact Information

(312) 553-5699
30 E Lake St.
Room 409
Chicago, IL 60601
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Summer 2015 Hours
Learning Center(Main) Room 409
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Writing Lab- Room 203A
Mon-Thurs, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fri, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.


Other Resources

Tutoring Centers & Subjects                            

GradesFirst Tutoring Services User Guide                

CDL Online Tutoring Services                            


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)                            

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Holds & Alerts                            

Appeal My Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Hold                            

How to Avoid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Holds & Alerts                            

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Skills Students