Academic Success Center

Centering you for successful scholastic endeavors

The Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center is here to help all Hawks succeed! We provide free tutoring and other academic resources to all CBC students in a variety of subjects. We have both in person and remote options. Our tutors can help with reviewing previous exams, improving your math placement test scores, studying for upcoming tests, overcoming challenges when completing homework and answering other questions in one-on-one or small group settings. You can also come visit the ASC in the T Building to access computers/printers, utilize our resources, or just as a place to focus on studying. We have rooms that you can book for small group work, or to have a place to access remote services while on campus.

Our Mission

The mission of the Academic Success Center (ASC) at Columbia Basin College—a Hispanic-Serving Institution—is to provide the guidance, strategies and resources needed to support students through their CBC coursework and to build self-efficacy in our diverse student body, so that every CBC student is confident in their own ability to succeed, no matter their background.

The ASC provides a safe, collaborative space - both physical and virtual - where our peer and professional tutors and other ASC staff can create and encourage opportunities for transformative learning on students’ path to completion, and where students can feel that they are not alone in their academic and learning journeys.

We offer tutoring in the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Japanese
  • Math (Pre-College through Calculus)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Writing for all subjects & classes
  • Bilingual Spanish/English support in a variety of disciplines
Students at table

Visit us at our ASC Canvas page to sign in and access drop-in tutoring, schedule appointments for one-on-one tutoring times and find free resources to help you succeed in your classes. You can also view our current tutoring schedules. Check out the dropdown menu below to learn more about the services we provide in our ASC, and the other tutoring help you have access to during your time at CBC.

 

ASC Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring with the ASC is available on campus Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4:30 pm in T433. Drop-in is also available through remote Zoom tutoring Monday through Friday, with some extended early evening hours. You can also find the schedule for drop-in tutoring on our Canvas page. Our tutors may be working with multiple students during drop-in tutoring hours, but rest assured that your questions will be answered. Contact us if you have any questions about accessing drop-in tutoring or how to find the help you need.

We also offer tutoring by appointment in writing (for all classes and subjects—not just English!), which allows you to reserve one-on-one time with just you and the tutor. To book an appointment with a Writing Center tutor, visit our Canvas page, sign in and click on the Writing Center tile from our home page. Contact us if you need any assistance in booking one-on-one tutoring appointments in our Writing Center.

The ASC offers both in person and virtual group study sessions for select classes, which are facilitated by a tutor and offer additional opportunities for practicing concepts and discussing questions with others in your class. You don’t need to have specific questions or need help to join a group study session; the tutor will have activities and practice problems prepared and you can listen to the questions of other students to help enhance your own learning. Visit our ASC Canvas page to sign in and see our current group study offerings and contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Our math tutors are available to assist students who are retaking the ALEKS placement test to place into a higher level math class. If you are a student looking for help in achieving a higher ALEKS score, come in to the ASC in the T Building, or visit our Canvas page, sign in, and get help from our math tutors.

Our ASC is certified by the College Reading & Learning Association, under the International Tutor Training Program. This means our tutors are trained to not just help you with course concepts and challenges, but also to help you learn how to learn better. ASC tutors receive regular training in learning and tutoring theories and tutors who complete our CRLA-approved training plan are eligible to earn International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) as Stage 1, Level 1 tutors. Faculty, staff, students or tutor applicants interested in learning more can contact our department at the telephone number or email address below.

CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification

Visit the ASC Canvas

eTutoring

If you don’t see the subject you need help with listed above, or if the times available for ASC tutoring don’t fit with your schedule, you are also able to take advantage of eTutoring, which is available 24/7 and includes options for evenings, nights and weekend hours as well as asynchronous tutoring.

You can access eTutoring to view schedules, book appointments and get help through our ASC Canvas page or through the eTutoring link in the left-hand menu of any of your CBC Canvas courses. If you have trouble accessing eTutoring or have questions about what eTutoring offers, contact us at the telephone number or email below!

Check out what a current CBC student has to say about using the eTutoring service for help with her math coursework:

“I just used eTutoring for the first time for some questions I had on my last test. It was really helpful and the tutor was very knowledgeable! The link is on our Canvas page…I’ve been hesitant in the past to use the eTutoring link because I thought it would be a ‘robot’ helping me but it was a live person through Zoom. Hopefully it can help some of us especially since we may not all be able to meet when an ASC tutor is available. Good luck to everyone in all of your classes!”

Canela Alcaraz, Math 151 student

eTutoring offers the services detailed in the dropdowns, below.

The eTutoring online writing lab allows you to submit a draft of your paper to a tutor, ask for specific feedback and receive your work back with a tutor’s response within 24 to 48 hours. This asynchronous writing help works great if you don’t have time to meet with our ASC writing center tutors during their scheduled tutoring times.

Live eTutoring allows you to meet with a tutor for a one-on-one session in a variety of subjects, via a fully interactive, online environment. Live eTutoring help is available during the weekdays, in the evenings and on weekends—so if you are a working student, you can still get the help that you need. 

Finally, eTutoring allows you to submit a specific question for any of the subject areas covered, and an eTutor will respond to your question within 24 to 48 hours. eQuestions are a great option if you just have a quick question but none of the ASC tutors are available at the time you need your question answered. 

contact

  • Email:asc@columbiabasin.edu

  • Phone:509-542-4676

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301T Building, Room 433

  • Office Hours:ASC is Open:Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 4:30 pmServices Offered Online:Monday to Thursday: 7 am to 4:30 pmFriday: 7 am to noonWe are closed on holidays and during the breaks between quarters.

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