Tutorial and Academic Skills Center
The Tutorial & Academic Skills Center (TASC) provides free tutoring for all students
Submit the tutor request form to schedule a tutoring appointment. If your class schedule conflicts with the tutoring times or if you don't see your class listed, fill out the form and we will work to accommodate your request.
Also, TASC offers a variety of support services and programs that assists students who are experiencing academic difficulties and/or are placed on probation. You can find a complete list of resources and programs at the bottom of this page.
Programs offered through TASC are intended to complement study efforts. We urge you to take advantage of these and other campus resources to maximize your opportunities for success.
Students interested in becoming tutors are asked to contact Collin to discuss the requirements of the position at (925) 631-4869 or use our become a tutor webpage.
Tutors are SMC students with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA in the subject(s) they tutor. Selection of tutors is based on their strong academic record, faculty recommendations, completion of tutor training, and interview. Every effort is made to attract tutors who are sensitive and have strong interpersonal skills.
If you are a current veteran student, there are additional tutoring resources availble to you from the VA.
- Ask immediately, the first day of class, for a syllabus (an instructor's outline detailing the readings, assignments, tests, and important dates in your courses).
- Review course material at least weekly during the term, re-read class notes, workbook exercises, outside reading notes, textbook, highlighted text, etc. Generally, consistent study habits may reduce the likelihood that you will have serious difficulties in your courses.
- Arrange to study with other students in your classes. Often you will understand an area which may present other students with problems, and they may be able to assist you with your problem areas.
- Obtain the office hours of your instructors, and meet with them at the first sign of difficulty. Remember, faculty members are here to assist you both in and out of the classroom.
- Ask for assistance with a problem only after you have made a serious effort to work it out on your own. People are often more willing to help you when they see evidence that you have tried your best before asking for assistance.
- Seek help from only the people best qualified to give it -- instructors, advisors, or the Academic Support and Achievement Programs, etc. Close friends may not be able to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses with sufficient impartiality and objectivity.
The Marie Curie STEM Center offers support on a regular basis for Math and Science tutoring and assistance throughout each semester. These sessions support all math and science courses offered at SMC, located in Assumption 200.
Individual assistance and workshops are offered for students to complement their study efforts by exploring techniques and strategies in areas such as goal setting, time management, note-taking, test-taking, information processing, memory, and reading comprehension. Schedule a meeting with your Success Coach today!