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3/13/23 Student Update

Hello Cambridge College Students,


We hope your classes are going well! Did you know that the College’s Academic Success Center offers free live tutoring (on Zoom) to any student who needs help with coursework, assignments, research papers, and the like? If you need assistance, for example, starting or completing a writing project such as a term paper, an ILP, or a Capstone paper, here are key areas in which our Writing Tutors can help:

1.      Brainstorming: selecting a topic for your paper and helping you frame research questions.

2.      Developing and organizing ideas: limiting or expanding a topic, outlining/planning your paper.

3.      Critical thinking: interpreting your assignment or a specific reading, forming an argument or thesis, developing ideas, or supporting your point of view.

4.      Research: forming a research strategy, using the Cambridge College Online Library, finding appropriate sources, using scholarly journals.

5.      Revision: reorganizing your paper, developing transitions, revising an earlier draft, using conventional grammar.

6.      Documentation: using American Psychological Association (APA) style, in-text citations and references. Understanding the effective use of quotations and paraphrasing. Clarifying what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

7.      Facing the "impossible": managing time and materials, breaking down overwhelming assignments into manageable tasks, understanding what your assignment means.

To make an appointment with a tutor, log into Starfish and click on ‘Academic Success Center’ on your home screen. For more detailed instructions, please see the attached flyer, the information on the Tutorials Page on MyCC , or click here>>.


If you have time, please come join us for one of our workshops this week!


Writer's Workshop with Leah Barcan

Tuesday, March 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to join the workshop >>

We’ll start with a short (10 min.) mini-lesson on how to become a better writer. For the rest of the block, I will be available to help with any writing-related work.


Introduction to the Cambridge College Online Library

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to register >>

CC Librarian Jeff Cronin will be offering a webinar on the Cambridge College Online Library and how it can help you. We will briefly introduce our library resources and services, including reference 24/7 and APA guides for citing sources. There will also be an opportunity for questions.


Effective Notetaking

Wednesday, March 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to register >>

Taking notes in your classes and during reading and research is one of the great tools for success in college and graduate school. It’s also not always easy or intuitive. During this workshop, I’ll present useful strategies and resources, answer questions, and let you know how you can get more support from CELT should you want it.


MTEL Workshop - Communication & Literacy

It is not too late to sign up for the remaining session!

MTEL tutor Christine Zuppa will be offering an MTEL workshop for those who need to take the Communication & Literacy reading & writing subtests.

Thursdays, March 16, 5:00-7:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom

Session 4: Writing & Editing a Summary / Composition

Follow these instructions to register for the workshop:

  1. Click here to sign up:
  2. Email your payment receipt to
  3. Upon receipt, you will receive information about the workshop and ZOOM access


Grammarly and Other Tools for Success

Thursday, March 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to register >>

Grammarly is a writing assistant that can help improve your writing. It checks for spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes in your assignments and emails. In this workshop, Learning Specialist Leah Barcan will share ideas and tips on getting the most out of Grammarly.


Reading for Understanding with Leah Barcan

Friday, March 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to join the workshop >>

We’ll start with a short mini-lesson on how to become a better reader. For the rest of the block, I will be available to help you practice these skills on an assignment.


English Conversation Group 

Our English Conversation Group is designed to help English language learners practice conversational skills in a safe and structured environment. English Conversation Groups meet virtually via Zoom every Monday and Thursday (except federal holidays). There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

  • Every Monday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. English Conversation Group with Santia Lindor. If you are interested, please register here>>.
  • Every Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. English Conversation Group with Charlie DiSilva. If you are interested, please register here>>.


Good luck with your courses! Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Remember that Cambridge College has many resources available to help you succeed.


Tracy McLaughlin and your Student Success Team 



Tracy McLaughlin, Ph.D.  

Associate Provost 

Cambridge College 


Cambridge College is committed to ensuring that its events, services, and facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, under requirements from the ADA of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need accommodations to help you access our events, services, or facilities, please contact the Office of Disability Support at or 617-873-0614.

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