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 Academic Support Services: Tutoring

Jamila Anderson
Director, Academic Support Services

Veronica Villanueva, Coordinator

Amy Rosenquist, Embedded Tutoring Coordinator

Harold Washington College's Tutoring Center offers free tutoring and academic support services to assist students in achieving personal and academic success. Tutors are available in a wide variety of subjects to assist students through one-on-one and group ​tutoring sessions. We encourage any student to seek tutoring to gain a deeper comprehension of course content and to enhance learning development.

Taking advantage of tutoring services is quick and easy.

  1. Check tutor availability or make an appointment using GradesFirst. Log into GradesFirst. On your homepage, you'll see your courses listed and a link to schedule a tutor appointment. You can find drop in tutoring services or make an appointment.
  2. Visit our Learning Resource Center (Main Tutoring Center). Meet the tutoring staff and make arrangements for tutoring services.
    • Learning Resource Center (main) - Room 409
    • Art/Architecture Tutoring - 8th Floor (must be currently enrolled in an HWC Art course)
    • Applied Sciences - 7th Floor (Child Development, Criminal Justice, Social Science, Social Services, Sociology)
    • ELL/World ELL/World Languages - Room 310
    • Math Tutoring - Room 702
    • Music Tutoring - 3rd Floor
    • Science Tutoring - Room 923
    • Writing Tutoring Lab - Room 407A

Tips for a Successful Tutoring Session:

  1. What tutors and students can accomplish together. We are happy to assist you with study prep, note taking, brainstorming, and final revisions, but please do not wait until the last minute to request tutoring services. It is important to remember that tutoring sessions are limited in time, so plan accordingly.
  2. Come prepared to tutoring sessions. Bring any relevant textbooks, syllabi, class materials, notes, and papers. It is easier for the tutors to provide excellent tutoring service if you bring the appropriate materials to a tutoring session. Additionally, it is important for your tutor to refer back to any relevant materials provided by your instructor.
  3. Read your textbook and any relevant material provided by your instructor. It is difficult for you to understand the course material if you have not read assigned pages from the textbook. Additionally, the tutors cannot provide assistance if you have not read the appropriate material(s).
  4. Come with a plan and questions. Know what material you would like to cover within that tutoring session. Actively participate in the tutoring sessions by having a list of questions to ask your assigned tutor.
  5. Tutors can only help with homework concepts and assignments. We strongly encourage you to attempt to complete your assignment prior to requesting a tutor so you can take note of specific concepts where you need help. You and your tutor can review these concepts and work through similar problems. However, the tutor cannot do your homework for you nor help you with take-home tests, quizzes, or projects.
  6. Use your tutoring time wisely. Your time with the tutor is valuable. Please do not talk on your cell phone or cause distractions while working with your assigned tutor.
Smarthinking Online Tutoring
Are you interested in tutoring at home, after hours or early in the morning? Try Smarthinking Online Tutoring! Smartthinking is FREE online tutoring available 24/7 through Brightspace. If you are interested in Smarthinking or have any questions, contact the Director of Academic Support Services, Jamila Anderson at​ or at (312) 553-3151. 

Group Tutoring
If you would like to schedule a group tutoring session with a small group of your peers, email​.

Become a Student Tutor
Are you interested in applying to become a student tutor? If so, complete the Student Tutor Application.


Subjects Available for Tutoring:                                        

Applied Sciences



Child Development





Social Science


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Contact Information

(312) 553-5699
30 E Lake St.
Room 409
Chicago , IL 60601
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Main Tutoring Center (Room 409)
Fall/Spring Hours
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Other Resources

Tutoring Centers & Subjects                                                 
GradesFirst Tutoring Services User Guide                                                                                  

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Appeal My Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Hold

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Skills Students