TRIO; Tutoring (General, MASS, Writing Center)

TRIO; Tutoring (General, MASS, Writing Center)

TRIO Student Support Services Program/Student Success Center

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a competitive, five-year grant funded by the United States Department of Education and is housed inside the Student Success Center located in Cannon Hall, Room 113. TRIO SSS offers academic support services and interventions to increase college retention and degree completion rates among the program’s eligible and selected participants. TRIO SSS provides services each year to 190 first generation, low income, and/or students with documented learning or physical disabilities.

TRIO services include:

  • Academic advisement and course selection
  • Professional tutoring- in person and online
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Financial literacy
  • Transfer counseling
  • Assistance with applications to four-year universities and colleges transfer visits
  • Assistance with scholarship searches and applications
  • Computer lab access
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Small Learning Communities

Students can learn more about how to apply to the TRIO Student Support Services Program by visiting the Student Success Center in Cannon Hall, Room 113, by calling (217) 443-8898 (TDD/TTY (217) 443-8701), or by email at


The college offers 4 forms of tutorial services:

  1. Instructor Office Hours: All DACC Instructors have office hours where students can receive assistance outside the classroom. Office hours are generally noted on the course syllabus.
  1. General Tutoring: General Tutoring is provided to all DACC students through the Testing & Academic Services Center. Tutoring is offered in development and basic-level courses of Math, Science, English, and Psychology. Tutors are also equipped to help students with skills and practice for studying, organization, time management, test-taking, and note-taking.

Tutoring sessions generally begin the second week of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students should visit/call the Testing Center in Cannon Hall, Room 103, 217-443-8708 to learn more about their options. Please note, tutoring sessions take place in the Testing Center, Cannon Hall Room 103.

  1. Business & Technology Tutoring Center: The Business & Technology Tutoring Center is intended for students who need assistance with coursework in the Business & Technology division. Subjects include, but are not limited to, Accounting, Business, basic computer skills, Blackboard, Economics, Computer Programming, Business Math, and Technical Math. The Center is located in the Technology Center, Room 104-B. Check out the hours available at
  1. Math and Science Solutions (MASS): The MASS Center is dedicated to students’ educational success by providing quality learning support relevant to their individual needs. We seek to provide services that will help students become independent learners and function successfully in an academic environment and foster an interest in becoming lifelong learners.

This endeavor is accomplished through peer tutoring and expert tutoring. Tutors share their knowledge of the subjects with students, explaining difficult concepts, steps and methods, giving examples and being a sounding board to illuminate time management, test taking and study skill problems. Our tutors impart encouragement, inspiration, motivation and confidence to students enabling them to keep a positive attitude and succeed in their courses.

Services are FREE to all currently attending DACC students! Students can receive tutoring in the following math and science courses: Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and Nursing. Please stop by Mary Miller, Room 123 for details. Office hours and additional information can be found on the MASS web pages at

  1. The Writing Center: The Writing Center (located on the first floor of Clock Tower, Rooms 108 and 116) is comprised of Rhetoric and Composition faculty and professional staff members who specialize in collaborating with students on different kinds of academic and professional writing. It has two separate areas. In one area, there are six computers that students can use for word processing and self-guided grammar/usage review. In the other area, students can work one-on-one with an instructor. The Writing Center also provides students with hardcopy and digital resources to enhance their understanding of a variety of academic writing and research tasks. Students can meet with staff members for a face-to-face conference, use Google Chat for a video conference, or use their DACC Gmail accounts for our FBE (Feedback-by-Email) program. Students who need to make an appointment for a Face-to-Face conference or a Chat conference should call 217-443-8877 or come by CT 116 to schedule an appointment. Students can be seen on a drop in basis if a staff member is available. Students who would like to use the FBE program should submit a request for more information about that program to In their email, they should include their name, the class they are enrolled in, and their instructor’s name as well as explicitly request instructions for FBE program. The general response time for feedback through this program is 1-3 business days after all needed materials are received by the Writing Center.

The sessions can cover a variety of topics. For example, the staff can help with the following,

  • Developing a thesis statement
  • Organizing and supporting main ideas
  • Locating and correcting surface errors
  • Correcting major errors, such as fragments, run-ons, agreement, or verb tense
  • Documenting a research paper in either APA or MLA style

The Writing Center opens the second week of each spring and fall semester and remains open until final exams begin. The hours are Monday – Thursday from 9:00-4:00, and 9:00-Noon on Friday. If DACC classes are cancelled, then the Writing Center will be closed. The Center is also closed during any school holidays and vacations where students are not required to attend classes.