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 Academic Support Services - Tutoring

Peggy Rademaker, M.Ed.
Director, Academic Support Services

Mission – Why Tutoring Matters?

The Malcolm X College Academic Support Center (ASC) provides support to all students seeking tutoring to gain a deeper comprehension of course content and enhance their overall educational experience. Tutoring can be utilized to help students set academic goals, plan ahead and become better prepared.        

In the Academic Support Center, we believe all learning leads to positive personal growth. Therefore, in addition to course-related academic skills, our center assists students in building reading, writing, computer, and study skills across all disciplines and for real-world applications such as resumes and application essays. Our philosophy of personalized, one-on-one tutor/student experiences lead to greater student confidence, independence, and improved academic success.       
Research clearly shows students who engage with tutoring services demonstrate a significant increase in course completion and overall improved classroom achievement.        

Tutoring Services – The Basics

Tutoring services are available through the Academic Support Center (ASC) FREE OF CHARGE to all CCC students who seek assistance in achieving personal and academic success. Tutors are experts in various subjects including all general education subject areas (i.e., English reading and writing, math, computer information systems, biology, business, chemistry, physics, as well as nursing and health sciences (tutoring in health science programs vary by term). The Academic Support Center also offers tutoring support in college success/study skills, placement test preparation, ATi-TEAS test preparation, college and scholarship application assistance, resume, personal statement & cover letter assistance, as well as tutoring for English language learners. Appointments are generally one-on-one and last approximately 50 min.        

Fall 2019 Malcolm X College Academic Support Center Hours of Operation

Appointment Time Options         
Monday – Thursday    8:00 am – 8:00 pm (first appointment at 9 am / last appointment at 7 pm)        
Friday & Saturday       9:00 am – 2:00 pm (first appointment at 9 am / last appointment at 1 pm)        
Drop-In Tutoring ONLY         
Drop-in tutoring is assisted study hall. Students work on homework independently. A subject matter expert is available in the room for occasional assistance, questions, etc.        
Fridays         Math/Physics         
Saturdays     English Reading/Writing         
* Departmental hours are subject to change.*         
* Tutoring appointment times vary by tutor and by discipline *         
* For Further Information, please call: 312-850-7473 or Email:*       


Scheduling Tutoring Appointments - GradesFirst

To schedule a tutoring appointment, students should visit GradesFirst, login with their CCC email address. Once logged in, click on "Get Tutoring” and follow the instructions. Select “My Courses” to see tutors available based on their current course schedule. Select “Other Services” to obtain assistance with non-course related services (i.e.: placement exam preparation, ATI-TEAS test preparation, college success/study skills, etc.). Students can also schedule appointments in-person by visiting Room 2301 or calling 312-850-7473 during departmental operating hours.        
Walk-in appointments are welcome; however, space is limited. To ensure maximum flexibility, we strongly recommend students schedule an appointment for all services.          

Appointments can be scheduled approximately 3-4 weeks in advance during the fall and spring terms, and 2-3 weeks in advance during the summer term.          


What to Expect – Checking-In & Departmental Policies

All students are required to check-in at the front desk (Rm. 2301) before proceeding to meet with the tutor, attend a workshop etc. All students are required to read and sign a copy of the departmental policies each semester.          


Small Group Study Rooms  

Interested in studying with a small group? The Academic Support Center has several small group study rooms available. To reserve a room, visit Room 2301. Please note: All students in the study group must be registered in the same course and section. The ASC requires a CCC ID number for each student in the study group.          

Where to find us - Malcolm X College Academic Support Center – Main Campus 

The Malcolm X College Academic Support Center is located on the 2nd Floor of MXC. The front desk is located Room 2301, tutoring takes place in rooms 2311, 2312, 2313 and 2313A as well as at various locations around the college. The department can be accessed via Stairwell #7, located behind the Cafeteria, or from the center of the 2nd floor at the rear of the Library. Please note: Elevators 7 and 8 are currently out of service, the nearest elevators to the ASC are those next to the Jackson entrance. Take the elevators to the second floor, and enter the ASC through the Library. Thank you for your patience.          

Where to find us - Malcolm X College Academic Support – Westside Learning Center

Academic Support at the Westside Learning Center          
4624 West Madison Street         
Room 123        
Chicago, IL 60644         
For the fall 2019 term tutoring is available as follows.
​Biology Tuesdays 12 noon - 1:30 pm (walk-in appointments only)  
Biology    ​Thursday ​11 am - 1:30 pm (walk-in appointments only)  
English ​Thursday ​11:30 am - 3:00 pm (walk-in appointments only)  



Faculty & Staff

Academic Support Services Staff                                                                     
Name Email Phone Office
Peggy Rademaker, Director (312) 850-7469 2302
Laura Nichols, College Clerical Assistant (312) 850-7473 2301
Maurice Mullins, College Clerical Assistant (312) 850-7473 2301

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7473
1900 West Jackson Blvd.
Room 2301
Chicago , IL 60612
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