Courses & Programs

Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

The Center for Academic Program Support provides free assistance to all HCC students through tutoring, writing, ESL and math centers, study groups and ongoing study skills workshops, and programs.

The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) provides free assistance to all HCC students through tutoring, writing, ESL, and math centers; study groups and ongoing study skills workshops; and programs such as our free Math Mini Prep. Additionally, CAPS provides specialized academic programs such as supplemental instruction, learning coaches, and mentoring. 

CAPS promotes a positive, collaborative, and empowering learning environment where all students can enhance their academic skills and abilities, and achieve success. We are committed to honoring all people, as well as developing and maintaining relationships throughout our campus and the surrounding community. Both innovative and traditional styles of teaching and learning are applied across the curriculum. Our services and support are provided to all in a timely, respectful, and consistent manner.

Drop in and meet with a tutor, or, if one is not available, you can make an appointment for up to two weeks in advance. Tutoring is available weekday and evening hours. Stuck at home or having trouble when the Tutoring Center is closed? Check out our online tutoring!

Online Tutoring

Holyoke Community College is a partner in the Northeast eTutoring Consortium, enabling us to provide online tutoring support for all our students. As an HCC student, you have ongoing access to online professional tutoring services in the following areas:

  • Writing
  • Math (from the developmental level through Calculus II)
  • Accounting
  • Biology (including Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Chemistry 
  • Information Literacy (and Research Methods)
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Statistics

Ready to get started? Go to HCC's online tutoring page.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental instruction offers academic assistance in the critical first six weeks, and throughout the semester to students in traditionally challenging courses. In informal peer-directed study sessions, students compare notes, discuss course content, develop organizational skills, and share test-taking strategies.

Learning Coaches

Feeling overwhelmed by your coursework? You may benefit from weekly sessions with a learning coach: a specialist who teaches you strategies to improve reading comprehension, math problem solving, and writing skills. Your coach will focus on time management, note-taking, organization, test anxiety, study skills, and critical thinking. With this level of one-on-one support, you can easily stay on track and succeed academically.

Workshops & Seminars

Small group instruction is offered throughout the academic year on topics designed to improve a student's progress at the college. Topics include stress management, assertiveness, note-taking, and test preparation. Schedules and announcements for these events are posted on college bulletin boards.


Location: DON 240
Phone: 413.552.2416 or 413.552.2584

Located in DON 238, the William Dwight Jr. Writing Center offers students free walk-in consultation and assistance with all college course writing assignments. Professional and peer tutors will help you organize materials for your paper, work through the stages of drafting, research, and documentation, and much more. The Center also provides handouts, texts, videos, and software dealing with the writing process, grammar, punctuation software – such as Skills Bank IV – for self-paced review of reading and writing skills. The Writing Center is open daily. 

The math center provides handouts, videos, books, and software dealing with algebra, basic math, calculus, and other topics. We also offer online tutoring and personal assistance from the Math Help Desk at 413.552.2423.

Students can access services such as:

  • Study Groups
  • Practice for final exams
  • Math counseling
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Supplemental instruction

Online & On-Campus Math Mini Prep Program

Preparing for the placement test or a developmental math course? Want to review the basics before class begins? HCC offers free Math Mini Prep classes on campus (see the link on the left), as well as free, self-paced online Math Mini Prep.

Online classes are not facilitated, but still provide students with an intensive review of basic mathematics to college algebra at no cost. Pre- and post-assessments and math study skills are part of the review.

Choose from Basic Math 075, Elementary Algebra 085 or Intermediate Algebra 095. 

Are you an HCC student? Follow these links to log on to Moodle our online system.


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CAPS at a glance

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