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Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center is a tutoring center and computer lab where you can get support with your courses, technology, and any other questions you may have.

There are tutors on site with scheduled times for tutoring in specific subject areas. If you would like academic tutoring, please let your instructor know; and he/she will submit a referral form for your tutoring session.

We also offer support for online classes, Blackboard, and MCC email. Please come to us with any of your needs! We are here to help you succeed!

Visiting the ASC

The ASC is located in Building 4, Room 41 and is open as follows:

Days Times
Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8 AM - 3 PM

Tutoring is available outside of normal hours, by appointment.

To contact the ASC, call 252-789-0299.

ASC Guidelines

  • Always sign-in upon entering and sign-out when leaving, on the computer at the entrance of the ASC.
  • The purpose of the ASC is to provide tutoring and to support students on the road to success. We are not able to provide assistance or answers on quizzes/tests/exams.
  • Students should not be in the ASC when they are supposed to be in class.
  • No food or drinks. We want to keep the ASC clean and keep all equipment functioning properly.

Success Tips

The following are tips that may help students in their academic journeys:

Blackboard Tips

You will use Blackboard (Bb) for all your online, hybrid, and some seated courses. Check Bb every day. There is an initial assignment (census assignment) due by the census date; it is very important that you complete this assignment on time so that you will not be dropped from the class. If you have problems logging into your Bb account, call (866) 833-2953.

  • Go to the homepage for MCC and click on the "Bb" icon in the upper right corner.
  • Log into your Bb account with your username and password.

Your initial Bb user account and password can be found on the MCC E-mail page.

Email Tips

MCC instructors and staff will use your college issued email account for communication. You should use your MCC issued email to communicate with instructors and staff, not your personal email. Check your MCC email every day. If you have problems logging into your email account, call (252) 789-0300.

  • Go to the homepage for MCC and click on the "envelope" icon in the upper right corner.
  • Click on the "Student or Adjunct Faculty" icon.
  • Log into your email account with your username and password.

Your initial e-mail user account and password can be found on the MCC E-mail page.

Online Tutoring

Upswing is a free online tutoring program offered through the Academic Skills Center. Upswing provides students with access to a vast marketplace of tutors who can help you with certain subject areas. "TutorUp" allows you to schedule an online session with a tutor. "AskUp" allows you to submit papers for review by a tutor.

  • Go to the MCC Upswing website, or click on the Upswing icon (curved arrow) in the upper right corner of the homepage for MCC.
  • Login/New users can create an account.
  • Select "Meet with a Tutor" to schedule a session with a coach.
  • At the time of your scheduled session, click "Go to Room" on the tutoring section of your profile.

Accessing Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi service is available campus-wide to students.

To access Wi-Fi on your device:

  • Locate your wireless network options in your device’s settings.
  • Choose "MCC_Guest" in the network options. Then, click the "Connect" button.
  • No password required.
  • Acknowledge the network usage policy.
  • For assistance, contact the Helpdesk at (252) 789-0300.

Martin Community College encourages students to keep all login information confidential to ensure security and privacy.

Study Skills and Tips

  • Review your course syllabus thoroughly as soon as you receive it, and refer to it throughout the semester. Plan accordingly to meet all due dates and test dates.
  • Allow yourself enough time to study. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • Organize your study space, and find a quiet area where you can concentrate.
  • Use study cards. Write important notes on index cards that you can take anywhere to quiz yourself.
  • Practice taking old exams and using study guides. Go through your notes and study guides multiple times.
  • Organize study sessions with friends. Be sure to stay focused.
  • Take breaks while studying.
  • Track your grades throughout the semester.
  • Always be aware of your progress. Check Blackboard and communicate with your instructors.

Other Helpful Resources

The following are other resources that students may find helpful:

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a personalized learning website with instructional videos, practice exercises, and much more. A wide variety of subject areas are covered, and it allows learners to study at their own pace.

Microsoft Office

If you need Microsoft Office on your computer/laptop at home for doing homework, this link gives free access to students using your MCC student email: Free Microsoft Office for Students

MCC Library

The MCC Library provides a wealth of resources for students:

  • Computer Lab (computers with internet, Microsoft Office, and print capability)
  • Get your computer and internet questions answered
  • Learn how to cite sources for your papers
  • Books and other items for research and for fun
  • Audio books on CD and downloadable to your phone or tablet
  • Electronic databases with journals & magazines, e-books, and videos
  • Wireless internet
  • Scanner
  • Photocopier ($0.10 cents per page)
  • Location: Building 2
  • Website for the MCC Library
  • Phone: 252-789-0238

Expectations of Students

College courses require college level work and college level attitude. Maturity is very important. Students are required to have knowledge of and observe all regulations and requirements pertaining to campus life, coursework, and student conduct.

In order to earn college credit, the student must attend class and complete all work with satisfactory grades. Read course syllabus thoroughly, and plan accordingly.

Always do your best! Take your courses seriously: attend class, adhere to course contact policy for online classes, and complete your work to the best of your ability at all times.