Academic Learning Centers
The Ruth G. Shaw Academic Learning Center (ALC) is committed to helping you overcome difficulties with academic coursework, promoting your independent learning, and to proactively helping you develop the skills necessary for academic and life-long learning success.
You must be enrolled in a for-college credit course at Central Piedmont to use the services of the Academic Learning Center. There is no charge for our services. Wingate students taking classes at Central Piedmont through the cooperative learning program may also use our services.
We offer support in:
- Math and accounting: Developmental Math, Math 110-285
- Math tutors can also help you with your Ti-83/84 graphing calculator, which is recommended for most college level math classes. Ti-83/84 workshops are offered at the beginning of the semester for college algebra, pre-calculus, and statistics students, and later in the semester for Math 080 students.
- Tutoring for accounting, macro and micro economics, and Intro to Finance is also available online at smarthinking.com.
- Writing: grammar/punctuation/sentence structure, literature, reading review, proposals/outlines/speeches, research documentation for any course's writing assignment.
- Writing tutors do not operate as a proofreading service — you should bring the writing assignment given by the instructor and all work you have done on the paper.
- Sciences: chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, computer lab (student use)
Academic Learning Centers do not provide history tutoring, but history tutoring is provided by the history department's History Student Success Center. The Academic Learning Centers do not provide tutoring to help prepare for Central Piedmont placement tests. Visit the Testing Center placement tests page for placement test prep information. Once you have taken the placement test and are enrolled in a Central Piedmont course, you may use our services.
All Academic Learning Center tutors hold at least a bachelors degree in a relevant area. Our tutors also complete specialized training in tutoring techniques and participate in continuing education activities.
Make an Appointment
- Complete the student agreement using your Central Piedmont account. Once you have submitted the agreement, you can schedule an appointment for the next business day. You only need to complete the agreement once (before you schedule your first appointment).
- Create a Schedulicity account using your Central Piedmont email by either downloading the Schedulicity app or by going to schedulicity.com.
- Make an appointment using Schedulicity. If you have completed the student agreement, please ignore the "Not accepting new clients" message.
You may also come in person to make your first appointment and to complete the student agreement. Appointments will not be scheduled over the phone. You must use Schedulicity to make an appointment.
- Appointments are not mandatory. However, we do encourage you to make an appointment, especially when you want to guarantee a specific date and time with a tutor.
- You are allowed two tutoring sessions per week, per subject.
- The tutoring center accepts walk-ins, but appointments will take priority over walk-ins.
- If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, please cancel the appointment by contacting the academic learning center or by using Schedulicity.
- Four no-shows will result in the loss of the privilege to make appointments via Schedulicity for the remainder of the term (you will be able to visit as a walk-in only).
- Tutoring sessions are generally limited to 30—60 minutes in length. Once your tutoring session has ended, you may be asked to leave the area so that other students waiting feel free to enter for their session.
Schedulicity-Online Scheduler is used to schedule appointments. You must come in for your first visit to sign up.
- Cancellations must be at least one hour before an appointment, or they will be considered a no-show.
- Four no-shows will result in the loss of the privilege to make appointments via the Schedulicity app for the remainder of the term (walk-in only).
- If you are 10 minutes late or more for an appointment, you will be counted as no-show and will only receive the remainder of their allotted time if it has not been taken by a walk-in student.
- Writing Center students will be allowed two visits per week (on different days) and two visits per paper. This does not include a brainstorming session, if needed.
Tutoring is not a substitute for class — you are not allowed to attend a tutoring session instead of your class. We are here to supplement the instruction that you receive from your classroom instructor. For many math classes, if you have already missed a class you should see your instructor or a classmate about what you missed. There are online videos available for most courses throughout the Blackboard component of the course (My Math Lab, Math XL).
- Do not wait until the night before or the day of to study for a test, quiz, or assignment.
- Try to meet with a tutor at least a week prior to a test.
- Bring relevant information to the tutoring session such as textbook, notes, study guides, and assignments.
- Bring the written instructions from the instructor.
Know Your Assignment
- Be very familiar with your course assignments by reviewing all of your work thoroughly before meeting with a tutor.
- You should have some working knowledge of the subject matter before requesting assistance.
- Be prepared to ask specific questions during your tutoring session.
- You are encouraged to try to complete the assignment so that the tutors can review your work and help to make corrections in areas of concern.
- Play an active role in your tutoring session.
- Ask relevant questions.
- Make an attempt to complete the assignment and provide it to your tutor for the session.
- Tutors are not substitutes for your instructors, but instead they will help clarify a skill or concept.
Writing and Public Speaking Resources
- How to Write a Research Paper (PDF)
- Tips for Effective Public Speaking (PDF)
- Managing Your Time:
- Communicating with Your Instructor
- Formatting College Essays in APA Format:
- Formatting College Essays in MLA Format
- How to Read Science Scholarly Articles: