Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the ASC?
Our goal is to help students become successful, confident, independent learners. Therefore, the ASC provides ongoing tutorial assistance for students taking remedial/developmental and college courses in Math, Reading, ESL, Science, and Writing.
What courses do you provide tutorial services for?
The ASC provides tutorial services for Pre-Algebra, Beginning Algebra, College Algebra: Functions and Models and College Algebra w/Trig, Foundations of College Reading, Mathematical Literacy for college Students, Math for Elementary School Teachers, Analytical Reading, ESL Basic Writing, ESL Advanced Writing, Upper Level ESL Institute courses, Biology I/II, Biological Science I/II, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry I/II, Anatomy and Physiology I/II, Microbiology, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing for College I/II, and Writing and Research and Writing and Literature.
Where is the ASC located?
For Math, Reading and ESL come to the Library – ground floor. The Science Tutorial is located in the Science Building Room 219. The Writing Tutorial is located in the Library – ground floor, room G-13.
Can I drop in or do I need an appointment?
You can drop in, no appointment is needed. However, students can make a 30 minute appointment to work with a tutor in the Writing Tutorial only. Please note, it is important to sign-in on the computer at the front desk when you come. Your instructor will get a copy of an attendance record.
Tell me about the tutors in the ASC
Most of our tutors are Senior Tutors, all have Baccalaureate degrees, many have Masters degrees and are adjunct instructors. We have several Peer Tutors on staff who are currently students at Westchester Community College. Some of our Tutors are Westchester Community College Foundation Volunteers.
Does the ASC have computers? What can I use them for?
Students can use our computers to do their schoolwork. Students can also use our software to supplement classes.
The following programs are available:
- The Guides: a program designed to improve your reading comprehension and study skills. Topics include Understanding Text, Textbook Reference, Vocabulary and Memory Skills.
- Focus on Grammar: designed to improve writing and grammar skills, primarily for ESL students.
- One Step at a Time: designed to help developmental students reinforce their composition writing techniques.
- Writing Skills: designed to develop writing skills, dictionary skills, research and word usage.
- Basic Composition: designed to improve grammar skills: parts of a sentence, paragraph structure and spelling.
- Easy Writer: intended for ESL and English students to improve their writing and grammar skills.
- Reading Road Trip: created to help developmental students strengthen their reading and comprehension skills.
- Students also have access to MyMathLab on the Internet.
- Benjamin Cummings Interactive Physiology: reinforcement and understanding of the physiology and anatomy of human organ systems.
We also use the computer to conduct workshops for various Math, Reading and ESL classes.
Are Math classes taught in the ASC?
Yes, there are several sections of Pre-Algebra and beginning Algebra taught by math faculty using technology and tutorial assistance.
How are these classes different from traditional Math classes?
Students learn independently at their own pace, with a combination of tutoring and use of technology in instruction.
I have heard that the ASC offers Test Anxiety workshops. What are these?
These workshops are designed to reduce test anxiety, improve test taking skills and increase test confidence. Topics include:
- Reducing Test Anxiety
- How to Study for Tests
- How to Take Tests
- Memory Skills
Call or stop by for a schedule or visit the Academic Support Center page.
Do you offer any other kinds of workshops?
Yes, we also offer:
- Final Exam Q&A workshops for Math and Reading at the end of the semester.
- Topic-specific workshops are offered in Reading and ESL during the semester. Examples of these include:
- Finding the Main Idea (Reading)
- Punctuation and Capitalization (ESL)
Are there other tutorials at Westchester Community College? Where are they located?
Yes, there are several other tutorial services here at Westchester Community College.
- Accounting, located in Classroom Building, Room 8.
- CIS Tutorial for students in word-processing, spreadsheets, database programs, programming languages and CIS courses. This tutorial is located in the Technologies Building 25B.
- Language Learning Lab and English for the Foreign Born Tutorial, an audio tutorial for languages, is located in Classroom Building 101.
- Open Computer Lab, which serves all computer functions, is in the Library G14.
- Mathematics and Physics Tutorial is located in the Technologies Building 37.
- Extension Centers Tutorial Services, for more information visit the Mount Vernon Academic Support Center.