Tutoring

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FALL 2013 SCHEDULE

We offer tutoring in all major academic areas to all OC students. Tutoring is conducted by appointment (highly recommended for guaranteed time) or by walk-in. Appointments can be scheduled, changed or cancelled in advance. There is no charge for tutoring in the SSC.


Have a question? Stuck on a problem? Online tutoring available.

The Student Success Center provides online tutoring by on-site tutors during their scheduled hours. Use Bold Chat to reach an SSC tutor live through a message board. Click on the chat button on the home page. Then, simply ask if a tutor is available. For longer sessions, you will be directed to Blackboard Collaborate.

Keep in mind that on-site tutors are also providing one-on-one tutoring to students on campus and some responses may take longer than expected.


Smarthinking - Help when you need it, 24 hours a day!

It’s 12am the night before your final and you’re stuck on a problem. You decide it’s too late to email your professor or call classmates. As you slip deeper into panic mode, you gulp your caffeinated drink and mumble under your breath, "Where is help when I need it...?"

FREE Online Tutoring for OC students: Anywhere, Anytime!

  • Bilingual
  • Math
  • Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Nursing and Allied Health
  • Computers and Technology

Submit your Writing for any class to our Online Writing Lab.Connect with an e-structor and interact with a live tutor.With SMARTHINKING, you can:

  • Submit a Question and receive a reply from a tutor.
  • Access Smarthinking in your Blackboard classes or Click here for the Portal now.
  • or Follow these steps to get started:
    • Go to www.odessa.edu/portal.htm
    • You will be given instructions on getting into the Student Portal
    • Once in the portal click on the “Smarthinking” login link
    • Once you're there, you have access to all the resources
    • If you are taking Online Courses you may also access Smarthinking through Blackboard

For help call us at 432-335-6673 or email portalsupport@odessa.edu.


Want to learn more?

Please join this session to learn more about this service and the ways in which it can help you succeed. Register for a session by going to the URL listed below the date and time. Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.


There are no current sessions.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


Reasons to Seek Tutoring

  • Students should immediately seek tutoring when understanding of course material becomes difficult.
  • Students should not wait until the last minute to seek assistance from a tutor.
  • The tutoring process is most beneficial when pressing time constraints and deadlines are not an immediate concern.
  • Tutors can be helpful to students who are satisfied with their academic performance.
  • Tutors can assist students with preparing for tests, editing papers, and improving study skills.
  • Students falling behind in their coursework are encouraged to seek assistance from a Center tutor.
  • Tutors can set realistic goals for students and assist them with achieving their goals.
  • Instructors and academic advisors often refer students to the tutoring services offered by the Center.

Students who receive such referrals are strongly encouraged to follow the advice of their instructors or academic advisors. These referrals are made by these professionals because tutoring works, and they know it!

Most core curriculum subject areas offered on campus are tutored in the Center.


Student’s Responsibilities in the Tutoring Process

  • Students must provide the tutor with all necessary materials such as textbooks, class notes, handouts, etc. It is the responsibility of the students to provide the material for the tutoring session. Students cannot come to tutoring with the expectation that the tutor will provide materials or subject matter for the session.
  • Students must attempt to complete assignments to the best of their ability before seeking tutoring.
  • All reading assignments should be read by the student completely before the tutoring session begins. It is unreasonable to expect a tutor to teach a course to a student.
  • The student must do his/her part by attending class regularly, taking notes, reading assigned material, and attempting to complete assignments before the tutoring session.
  • Tutors are not allowed to give out answers to students. Students must come up with their own answers, solutions and/or conclusions.
  • The tutor’s primary purpose is to assist the student in comprehending the coursework, provide feedback to the student, and assist the student with related study skills.
  • Students must play an active role in determining what course of action is best for themselves.

The Student Success Center promotes personal responsibility by requiring that students play an active role in their tutoring appointments. Tutoring sessions generally last for one hour each. However, the student and the tutor must mutually determine what is best for the student concerning the frequency and duration of tutoring sessions.

Please call the SSC at 432-335-6878 or 335-6673 to schedule a tutoring appointment today.