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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 session per day, up to 2 sessions per week. 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.


  • 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. 

ThinkingStorm Online Tutoring

ThinkingStorm- Online Tutoring Solutions

Work with a ThinkingStorm Online Tutor

Current FCC students can access up to 15 hours (900 minutes) of free online tutoring each semester. 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 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: (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 Sloan

Tutoring and Writing Center Coordinator

Brian Penko

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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