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Learning Resources

Tutoring Services

Tutoring services are available for those students struggling in classes, not performing well on tests, or have trouble writing papers. The goal of tutoring is to provide the resources to help strengthen your knowledge and understanding of course material. It also promotes active learning, motivation, and academic independence. Free tutoring is provided to currently enrolled students on all campuses.

Tutoring is available in multiple content areas and provided by peer tutors and college faculty. Peer tutors are those students who meet specific academic qualifications and participate in an extensive training program. Tutors will serve as a guide for completing coursework and helping you understand the material but will not do the work for you. For more information on this learning resource and to access the schedule by campus, please visit Tutoring Services.

Study Skills

BCTC has a study skills specialist to assist with study strategies on an individual basis, in small group workshops, or in a classroom setting. The specialist administers a study skills assessment that helps identify areas of improvement in test preparation, test anxiety, note taking skills, textbook reading skills, memory techniques, math anxiety, time management and procrastination, concentration, and goal setting and motivation. To access helpful handouts and to review the workshop schedule, please visit Study Skills.  

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) ensures equal access and full participation for persons with disabilities attending college as outlined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and empowers students with disabilities to obtain the life skills necessary for a fulfilling, productive life after graduation. For more information on this resources and available services, please visit Disability Support Services.

BCTC uses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide to define disability. Students with a condition that substantially limits a major life activity and is covered under the ADA is eligible for services through DSS. Available services include those for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, have learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, chronic health conditions, and mobility, visual, speech and coordination impairments. Students with temporary conditions, such as a broken arm or leg, may also be eligible for services. It is the responsibility of the student requesting reasonable accommodations to provide documentation of their disability to the Disability Support Services office. For more information on required documentation, please visit Documentation.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

BCTC provides academic ESL classes for students who need to improve their English language skills to prepare for college level classes. ESL classes are available in academic writing and grammar, college reading and vocabulary, as well as listening and speaking. Placement into academic ESL classes is based on results of the COMPASS/ESL test administered through the Advising and Assessment Center. Students whose test scores are too low to enroll in a college level ESL class can enroll in the free classes offered at the Downtown Education Center on West High Street to improve their English. For more information, please visit ESL at BCTC.