Academic Learning Centers

The Ruth G. Shaw Academic Learning Center (ALC) is here to serve the academic needs of the students of Central Piedmont.

The Academic Learning Center (video) is committed to helping students in three crucial areas:

  1. overcoming difficulties with academic coursework
  2. promotion of independent learning
  3. proactive endowment of students with skills necessary to promote academic and life-long learning success

We offer support in the following areas:

  • Math: Developmental Math, Math 110-285, accounting

    • Math tutors can also help you with the 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.
  • English (Writing/Reading): grammar/punctuation/sentence structure, literature, reading review, proposals/outlines/speeches, research documentation
    • English 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)

We do not provide tutorial assistance to help prepare for Central Piedmont placement tests. Visit the Testing Center placement tests page for information on placement test prep. Once you have taken the placement test and are in a Central Piedmont class, you may use the services of the Academic Learning Center.

All tutors in the Academic Learning Center hold at least a bachelors degree in a relevant area. The tutors also complete specialized training in tutoring techniques and participate in continuing education activities.

All tutoring referrals are now retrieved electronically. An electronic referral will be sent to the class instructor immediately after the first visit and the instructor must approve the referral for the student to receive services.There is no charge for services from the Academic Learning Center for students enrolled in a Central Piedmont curriculum (for-college credit) classes for which they are receiving help. You must be enrolled in a Central Piedmont curriculum classes to use the services of the Academic Learning Center. Wingate students taking classes at Central Piedmont through the cooperative learning program can use our services.

Make an Appointment

  • Schedulicity – Online Scheduler is used to schedule appointments. You can come in-person for your first visit to sign up or go to (using your Central Piedmont account) to complete the Student Agreement. Once the agreement has been submitted, an appointment can be scheduled the next business day. You can download the Schedulicity app or go to to create an account using your Central Piedmont email.
  • Appointments are not mandatory. However, we do encourage appointments, especially when you want to guarantee a specific date and time with a tutor.
  • You are allowed two tutoring sessions per week, per subject.
  • Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments will take preference over walk-ins.
  • Appointments will not be scheduled over the phone. You must use the Schedulicity app to make an appointment.
  • If you are not able to keep the appointment, please cancel the appointment by contacting the academic learning center or by using the Schedulicity app.
  • 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).
  • 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. 

Cancellation Policy (Effective May 20, 2019)

Schedulicity – Online Scheduler will be used to schedule appointments. Students must come in for their 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). 
  • Students 10 minutes late or more for an appointment 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.

Student Responsibility

Tutoring is not a substitute for class — you are not allowed to attend a tutoring session instead of their 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 their 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).

Plan Ahead

  • 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.

Actively Participate

  • 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