The Academic Skills Center encourages students to use our virtual tutoring option
in light of the challenges imposed by COVID-19 and for the health and safety of students
and Skills Center employees.
The goal of the Academic Skills Center is to provide high-quality academic support
to currently enrolled Johnston Community College students with its 35+ professional
tutors. To serve our large and diverse student body, the Center delivers academic
support in following formats.
Virtual tutoring is provided via Zoom. Students must download Zoom Basic which is
free. Students must have both video and audio capabilities enabled for the duration
of the tutoring. For privacy purposes, use of free Zoom backgrounds is encouraged.
Students may utilize virtual tutoring up to 2 hours per day. To learn more about virtual
tutoring and the hours of availability per course, students should contact the Academic
Reservations are made for 75-minute sessions up to 4 times per week. In-person tutoring
is available for high-demand subjects such as the following courses: English, Math,
Science, Physics, Biology, History, Political Science, etc. Others are offered and
more are available by request. Students are encouraged to contact the Center before
making a reservation to confirm the availability of tutoring for that course on a
specified day and time.
Students must reserve a table or computer for in-person tutoring through the
JCC Library website. Click here to watch a how-to video on making a reservation.
Social distancing will be practiced before/during/after interaction with a tutor;
all students are required to wear a mask (covering the nose and mouth) during their
stay in the Center.
SmarThinking is a free online tutorial service available 24/7 to JCC students through
their BlackBoard accounts. Over 60 subjects are available for online tutoring. Subjects
include but are not limited to the following: Writing, Biology, Algebra, Statistics,
Calculus, Business, Economics, Spanish, Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting,
and MS Office applications. Students have 8 hours of access to SmarThinking per semester.
Essay and research paper hours are calculated based on the length of the written submission.
Log into Blackboard
Select the course for which Smarthinking will be utilized
Click on "Tools" (left, green-shaded area)
Click on “SmarThinking” icon
SmarThinking is a professional tutoring service provided by JCC. For technical assistance,
students may contact SmarThinking’s Customer Support at
email@example.com or (888) 430-7429 ext. 1 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET).