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Online Tutoring

Getting Started with Online Tutoring

How Does Online Tutoring Work?

Current FCC students have two options for online tutoring:

What's the difference?

ThinkingStorm: Students connect to ThinkingStorm Online Tutoring to better understand specific course content in many subjects. Tutoring sessions are conducted over chat and are available 24/7. Sessions may be drop-in or by appointment, depending on subject.

FCC Online Academic Coaching/Tutoring: For more personalized assistance, students can choose FCC Online Academic Coaching/Tutoring and meet with friendly FCC staff who will help with course content AND share study skills advice that can lead to success. Sessions are by appointment and are conducted via Zoom.

FCC Online Academic Coaching/Tutoring

FCC Online Academic Coaching/Tutoring

FCC logo: green arches

Meet with an FCC Online Academic Coach/Tutor

Current FCC students can schedule an appointment with a friendly FCC learning assistant/tutor or academic coach for free, personalized help with their courses. Sessions are conducted by appointment, over Zoom. Our team specializes in helping first year students succeed and thrive:

  • Improve essential reading/writing, math, science, business, and study skills
  • Make a study plan to tackle assignments and projects 
  • Build confidence
  • Practice beginning ASL or Spanish

Current students can schedule 1 online tutoring session per course, per calendar day No same day appointments.

Students enrolled in introductory general education courses have first priority. Appointment availability is limited. 

To make an appointment with an FCC Tutor:  

  • Click the "Online Tutoring" button in your course's Blackboard and choose the green FCC option on the left.

      OR

  • Click on the "Tutoring" Tab in your Blackboard,
  • Choose "Login to Online Tutoring"
  • Choose the green FCC option on the left

There you will be able to choose your subject, choose a tutor, and pick a day and time that works for you. 

Guide to FCC Online Tutoring for Students

Login to Blackboard

  • Click “Login to Online Tutoring” under the Tutoring section 
  • Click “Start Now” on the left FCC side of the page
  • Click “Book Now” under Schedule or Cancel a FCC Tutoring Appointment
  • Select your course, tutor, day and time you would like and click “Book”
  • You will receive an email confirming your appointment 

Login to Blackboard 

  • Click “Login to Online Tutoring” under the Tutoring section 
  • Click “Start Now” on the left FCC side of the page 
  • Click “Start Now” on the Start an Existing Online Tutoring Appointment
  • Choose the category you scheduled a session for and Click "Get Help Now"
  • Click "Begin Lesson" when the tutor has opened the room & enjoy your session.

Login to Blackboard 

  • Click “Login to Online Tutoring” under the Tutoring section 
  • Click “Start Now” on the left FCC side of the page 
  • Click “Join Now” on the Join ASL or Spanish Group Tutoring Session (4th option down NOT the second option which is only for individual sessions not ASL)
  • When the tutor has opened the room, you will see the option to join appear
  • Click "Join" and enjoy your session

Login to Blackboard 

  • Click “Login to Online Tutoring” under the Tutoring section 
  • Click “Start Now” on the left FCC side of the page 
  • Click "Get Started" on the In-House Writing Center
  • Fill in the information and upload your paper and assignment sheet and press "Submit"
  • The paper will be returned via email or can be picked up at the same spot within 48 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays.

If you require a sign language interpreter,

email Interpreting@frederick.edu.

Sign language interpreters will not be automatically provided without a request for services.

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If you have any difficulties getting into your session, please do not contact the Learning Assistant directly. Contact the Customer Support:  Monday-Friday from 10 AM-6 PM EST at (877)-889-5996

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In this new system, it is your responsibility to provide your instructor with your email confirmations of your sessions if you need to for points or as a requirement. This will be sent to your official FCC email address.

Before your tutoring session:

  • Look over your assignment and make an attempt at starting it on your own. 
  • Gather any class notes, books, assignment sheets, and syllabi that are relevant to your assignment and bring them to the session. 
  • If this is an online FCC tutoring session, make sure you check the appointment date and time and set a reminder for yourself (you can find some great tools for this here). Watch this video if you are unfamiliar with how Zoom works.

During your tutoring session:

  • Keep your phone on silent and minimize distractions.
  • Stay engaged by listening carefully, taking notes, and asking questions.

After your tutoring session:

  • Follow through with any "next steps" your tutor suggested, such as revisions to your paper or practice of the concepts discussed.
  • Come back for another tutoring session if you have more questions or need additional help.

ThinkingStorm Online Tutoring

ThinkingStorm- Online Tutoring Solutions

Can’t find FCC tutoring to fit your schedule?

ThinkingStorm® Online Tutoring via Blackboard: Current students are allotted 15 total hours of tutoring per semester. This national company conducts sessions over chat on-demand 24/7, or by appointment, depending on the subject.  To get connected, sign into Blackboard and click on the "Tutoring" tab at the top, right-hand side of Blackboard. You can also access ThinkingStorm through the "Online Tutoring" link in the "Tools" menu on the left-hand side of the "My Courses" page.

ThinkingStorm provides assistance with the following subjects:
  • Mathematics (drop-in)
  • Sciences (drop-in)
  • Writing (submissions to Online Writing Center and/or by appointment)
  • Business (by appointment)
  • Computing and Software (by appointment)
  • Spanish (by appointment)

Appointments are not required for drop-in tutoring subjects, which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Want to know more? Check out these short how-to videos:

ThinkingStorm Customer Support: care@thinkingstorm.com (24/7)

People Who Care

People Who Care

The Learning Centers at FCC are staffed by people who care and who want to help you succeed and thrive.

Meet our friendly tutors.

Have a question? Check out our FAQ or get in touch with the Learning Centers:

The Learning Centers Contacts

Courtney

Courtney Sloan

She/Her or They/Them

Tutoring and Writing Center Coordinator

Brian Penko

He/Him

STEM Learning Center Coordinator

Additional Resources

Online Workshops

These self-guided, online workshops will help you to sharpen the skills needed to be a successful student.  At the end of the workshop, you can enter the e-mail of your professor, advisor, coach, etc. to get credit for completion.

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