The Source for Active Learning (“The Source”)

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The Source


The Source for Active Learning (Writing Center and Q Course Center) is located in the Learning Commons area, on the first floor of the Jeremy Richard Library. The Source offers free tutoring in Writing, Biology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Q courses, and Finance.

Location: UConn Stamford Library, first floor (room 1.74) in the back of the library.

To schedule an appointment: Go to and select The Source from the drop down menu list.

Can’t make a writing tutor appointment in person? Email your essay or assignment to:  Follow our guidelines for online submission.

Fall 2017: Writing & Q Center Tutoring runs from September 11th-December 8th

W Tutor hours:
Monday -10am-5pm
Tuesday -10am-5pm
Wednesday -10am-5pm
Thursday -10am-5pm
Friday -10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm

Q Tutor hours:
Monday- 4pm-6pm (Biology/Chemistry)
Tuesday- 1:30pm-4:30pm (Math/Physics); 3:30pm-6:30pm (Finance)
Wednesday- 1pm-4pm (Math)                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday- 9am-11am (Biology/Chemistry); 2pm-4pm (Math)                                                                                                                                                  Friday- 9am-11am (Biology/Chemistry)


Writing Center Inquiries: Serkan Gorkemli, Associate Professor of  English and Writing Center Director, 203-251-9585

Q Center Inquiries: Erica Granoff, Director of Student Services Department, 203-251-8484

Q Tutoring

Q Tutoring includes free tutoring in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Statistics. Tutoring is free to all UConn-Stamford students but is by appointment to accommodate as many people as possible. Tutoring sessions for Math, Physics and Statistics last for one half hour and sessions for Biology and Chemistry last an hour. Students should bring textbooks, notes, class handouts and assignments to each tutoring session.

Student Comments:




W Tutoring

The Writing Center offers students the opportunity to work with trained tutors on a variety of writing projects, from course papers to resumes and business letters. Students are encouraged to bring in work at any stage of the writing process. Tutors provide strategies for brainstorming, project development, and revision.

Student Comments:

“I found the consultation with the tutor incredibly helpful. She had an ability to hone in to what my paper needed to make a strong thesis. Her feedback was constructive and precise. Subsequently, I felt like the 20 minutes I spent working with her took a good 2 hours off the time it would take me to regularly write the paper.”

“I had a lot of trouble with starting my introduction, but by the end of the session, I was able to finish the entire introduction and form the rest of my paper.”

“The tutor was very gracious in handling my mess of a rough draft and offering constructive feedback for refocusing paragraphs.”


  • Where is the Source located? The Source is located in the Jeremy Richard Library. Upon entering the library, walk straight back until you cannot go any further, then take a right, and reach the Source, which is in room 1.74.
  • Who can use the Source? All current UConn students, undergraduate and graduate, may utilize tutoring in the Source. There is not a cost associated with tutoring, and it is encouraged that all students—whether they need additional assistance or not—take advantage of our tutoring services.
  • Do I need to have an appointment to meet with a tutor? Students do not need an appointment for tutoring and can simply walk-in. However, it is highly encouraged that students schedule an appointment with a tutor; if a student schedules an appointment, they will have priority when meeting with a tutor.
  • How do I sign up for a tutoring appointment? Students may sign up for a tutoring appointment via ADVAPP. ADVAPP is an appointment scheduling system and is accessible via Once on this site, select “The Source (Stamford W Center and Q Center),” click “Continue,” and log on using your NetID and password. If you realize you cannot keep your appointment, please go back to ADVAPP to cancel it and schedule a new appointment.
  • What subjects are available for tutoring? Subjects tutored may vary from semester to semester, but currently, the Source provides tutoring in Writing, ESL, Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Finance.
  • Do I need to prepare for my tutoring session? You can stop by the Source at any point as you work on an assignment. We ask that you come to your tutoring session with all the necessary paperwork. For instance, if you are working with a writing tutor, we encourage you to bring a description of your assignment and any notes from the class; you can also bring an outline or a draft of your paper, if you have it. For math and science tutoring sessions, we encourage you to come prepared with any questions you may have, example problems you need assistance with, your textbook, and anything else you believe may be helpful for the tutor.
  • How can I become a tutor? Anyone interested in becoming a peer tutor is encouraged to apply via JobX, which is located on the UConn student employment website. On JobX, students may find the various student employment opportunities at UConn. When searching for a job posting, please make sure to select the appropriate campus. If you are a UConn student and interested in becoming a professional tutor in the Source, please reach out to Serkan Gorkemli ( if the interest is in Writing or ESL, and Erica Granoff ( if the subject area is in Math and the Sciences.


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