Learning Center

Learning Center

The Learning Center provides academic support services tailored to your individual needs. In this welcoming environment, we deliver high-quality academic support services to ensure your success, no matter your area of study. Work one-on-one with a tutor, improve your study strategies or participate in co-curricular programs that enhance classroom learning.

Academic Support

Tutoring Services

The Learning Center offers free tutoring to all Oakton students in a variety of subjects. Whether you're just getting started on a research paper or preparing for a math final, our peer, professional, and faculty tutors are available on both campuses and online. To work with a writing tutor, request an appointment. Don't forget to complete our Tutor Evaluation Form after meeting with a tutor.

Writing Tutoring

Writing tutors can provide written feedback (asynchronous) or real-time (synchronous) tutoring via remote or in-person one-on-one sessions. Students can request an appointment using the Writing Tutoring Request Form; please allow up to 24 hours (one business day) to process your request. In addition to working with students on writing assignments and grammar questions, the Learning Center also offers conversation groups and workshops for native and non-native English speakers to practice their language skills through collaboration with the Language Lab.

Subject-Based Tutoring

Content-specific tutoring is offered in more than 100 different courses in various content areas, including accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and statistics. To find a tutor who can assist you, please visit our current Remote Tutoring Schedule

Academic Coaching 

In addition to tutoring and workshops, the Learning Center also offers Academic Coaching, where students meet one-on-one with a learning specialist and explore ways to improve their academic motivation, skills and strategies. Some commonly covered topics include test-taking skills and strategies, time management, budgeting study time, effective note-taking and improving reading skills. Request an Academic Coaching session to get started today.

Another helpful service the Learning Center provides is test performance analysis (TPA), where students meet one-on-one with a learning specialist to identify strategies that can be used to improve future test performance. This service is only available for multiple-choice tests and requires access to the test(s) prior to the session. To schedule a TPA appointment, please contact a learning specialist.

Giacomo Cirrincione
gcirrinc@oakton.edu
847.376.7238
* Available remotely or in person at the Des Plaines campus

Allison Conner
aconner@oakton.edu
847.635.1494
* Available remotely or in person at the Skokie campus

Stephanie Herrera
sherrera@oakton.edu
847.635.1795
* Available remotely or in person at the Des Plaines campus

Academic Success Workshops

The Learning Center and TRIO Student Support Services come together in the fall and spring semesters to bring students the Academic Success and Beyond Series (AS&B) of free workshops. These are open to all Oakton Community College students, and provide just-in-time strategies for a successful semester. Participants will learn about the free support available to them campus-wide, including services from Learning Center, TRIO SSS, and other student success offices. Topics include being successful in a remote environment, study skills, time management and self-care.

College Success Courses

Whether you're in college to earn a degree, complete a certificate, prepare to transfer or simply improve your skills, Oakton has just the course to help you succeed. The COL 101 College Success Seminar will help you develop the skills you need to succeed in college and life. Topics covered include goal setting, critical thinking, time management and understanding your learning preferences.

To find out if a College Studies course is right for you, call your academic advisor or contact Leana Cuellar, director of Student Learning and Engagement at 847.635.1655 or email at lcuellar@oakton.edu.

Karleen McAllester
"Oakton has tutors with a variety of experiences who work together to provide solid support for students in college writing. We can help you, whether you need help understanding and getting started on an assignment, brainstorming and organizing ideas, or mastering academic writing styles."

Karleen McAllester

Learning Center Tutor

Tutoring Services

Contact Us

General Information and Appointments
Des Plaines: 847.635.1658
Room: 2400
Skokie: 847.635.1434
Room A135
learningcenter@oakton.edu

Gabriela Ayala
Office Coordinator
gayala@oakton.edu
847.376.7684
Room A142, Skokie

Giacomo Cirrincione
Learning Specialist
gcirrinc@oakton.edu
847.376.7238
Room 2414, Des Plaines

 

Allison Conner
Learning Specialist
aconner@oakton.edu
847.635.1494
Room A140, Skokie

Leana Cuellar
Director, Student Learning and Engagement
lcuellar@oakton.edu
847.635.1655
Room 2421, Des Plaines

Stephanie Herrera
Learning Specialist
sherrera@oakton.edu
847.635.1795
Room 2420, Des Plaines

Thomas Hicks
Manager of Academic Success and Support
thicks@oakton.edu
847.635.1657
Room 2404, Des Plaines