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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?

FCC Online Academic Coaching/Tutoring: 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.

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

How Can I Access FCC Online Tutoring?

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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. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to book, join, or cancel an appointment click here.

In-House Writing Center: Upload a document and receive e-mailed feedback on organization, thesis, grammar, formatting, and more. Papers are reviewed by FCC tutors and returned within 48 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays. Instructions for paper submission can be found here.

Guide to FCC Online Tutoring for Students

Login to Blackboard

  • Click "Assist" on the left-hand menu
  • Under "Learning Centers and Tutoring," click "Try it Out"
  • On the left-hand side, under Frederick Community College, click "Start Now"
  • Click “Book Now” under Schedule or Cancel a FCC Tutoring Appointment
  • Select your course, tutor, day and time you would like and click “Book”
  • Enter your course and your phone number in the corresponding fields.
  • Click "Confirm"
  • You will receive an email confirming your appointment 

Login to Blackboard 

  • Click "Assist" on the left-hand menu
  • Under "Learning Centers and Tutoring," click "Try it Out"
  • 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 "Assist" on the left-hand menu
  • Under "Learning Centers and Tutoring," click "Try it Out"
  • 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 "Assist" on the left-hand menu
  • Under "Learning Centers and Tutoring," click "Try it Out"
  • 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." Note: Only Microsoft Word documents and PDFs can be uploaded. Links to Google documents or other files formats will not work.
  • The paper will be returned via FCC email or can be picked up at the same spot generally within 48 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays.
  • Microsoft Word docs: If you can not see comments on your returned paper, go to the "Review" tab in Microsoft Word and click "Show Comments". 
  • PDF docs: If you can't see the full comment, go to this troubleshooting guide: 
    https://answers.frederick.edu/faq/403964

If you have set a session with an FCC Learning Assistant and require a sign language interpreter,

email Interpreting@frederick.edu.

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

 

As ThinkingStorm is a third-party service provider, FCC doesn't have access to their software or sessions. Students requiring an interpreter will need to contact ThinkingStorm (877-899-5996 or care@thinkingstorm.com) to request an interpreter or they can use the chat feature provided for these sessions. 

If you have any difficulties getting into your session, please do not contact the Learning Assistant directly. For solutions to common problems, check out our Troubleshooting FAQ. You can also contact ThinkingStorm Customer Support Monday-Friday from 10 AM-6 PM EST at (877)-889-5996 or 24/7 via chat.

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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 "Assist"  in the left-hand menu. Click "Try it Our" under "Learning Centers and Tutoring" and on the right side of the page, click "Start Now."

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.

As ThinkingStorm is a third-party service provider, FCC doesn't have access to their software or sessions. Students requiring an interpreter will need to contact ThinkingStorm (877-899-5996 or care@thinkingstorm.com) to request an interpreter or they can use the chat feature provided for these sessions. 

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

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

Meet Our Tutors

Meet Our Tutors

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

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

The Learning Centers Contacts

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Courtney Sloan

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Director of Learning Center Services

Linganore Hall (L226C)

 

 

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Brian Penko

He/Him

STEM Learning Center Coordinator

Braddock Hall (B208)

 

 

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           Jennifer Georg

 

Tutoring and Writing Center Coordinator

    Linganore Hall (L226A)

Additional Resources

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