Excel! Zone

Welcome to the CCD EXCEL Zone! 

The EXCEL Zone student learning and support offers CCD students a robust and innovative set of services to assist students in achieving their desired learning goals. Success can be defined differently based on individual situations or goals. Some students define success as earning a final course grade of a “C” in more difficult subjects. While other students have a goal to earn all “A” grades. Or students may find the need to hone their professional skills with technology. Whatever the learning goals are, come learn how to work smarter, not harder!

All EXCEL professional tutoring is free to current CCD students and occurs remotely via our self-service appointment scheduling system Accudemia.  EXCEL’s professional tutors are trained to fully utilize WebEx with students for tutoring sessions. To get started, watch this short How-to Video to set up an Accudemia account and learn how to schedule appointments with a professional tutor in Math & Physics, Writing, Digital Technology Support, or Academic Study Skills. To set up an account select the “New Users Click Here” button and follow the prompts. Students who already have an account can go to the “Returning Users Click Here” button and schedule appointments. 

EXCEL’s days of operation follow CCD’s academic calendar and any weather or Auraria campus-related closures. This semester the EXCEL Zone is open through May 10, 2021.

Student Preparation

  • Log-in to the session appointment a few minutes prior to the session start time. This ensures technology is working prior to the session.
  • Attempt to work through homework first. Then, come to the tutoring session with 2-3 questions - no quiz or test questions allowed. Tutors will not do student work.
  • If students are unprepared for the session, the session may be canceled by the tutor.

Appointments 

  • EXCEL professional tutoring services are free to currently enrolled CCD students.​
  • Up to 3-5 appointments per week; often same-day appointments are available.
  • All appointments are considered confirmed at the time of scheduling.  Students will still receive a confirmation email to their @student.cccs.edu email with a WebEx meeting link for each appointment.
  • Cancelations: In the case that a session appointment needs to be canceled, students should proactively contact EXCEL! by responding to the appointment confirmation email at least 2 hours prior to the session. Students that have 3 cancelations to session appointments will result in the loss of EXCEL! online tutoring privilege for the remainder of the current semester.
  • No Shows: Students who do not communicate with EXCEL! to cancel a session appointment prior to the session will be considered a “no show”.  Students that have 3 cancelations and/or no-shows to session appointments will result in the loss of EXCEL! online tutoring privilege for the remainder of the current semester.

EXCEL's Computer Lab

  • The EXCEL Computer Zones is dedicated to individual study use and digital tutoring literacy. Computers in these spaces have internet browsers to access CCD Connect, D2L, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Computers are for basic use; no webcam access
  • If you need to listen to something, bring your own headset.
  • As a tutoring space, computer use is drop-in only with a maximum of two hours when there is a waitlist.
  • Please keep in mind during the pandemic there are 6 computers that students can use for up to 2-4 hours at a time.

Computer Lab Spring Hours:

Computer Lab will open on February 1, 2021, through May 10, 2021.

Writing Zone Paper Drop-off

The Writing Zone Paper Drop-off can help you with your writing, even if you don't have time to meet in real-time. Available as a free, self-enrolling course on D2L, the Paper Drop-off provides expert feedback from the CCD Writing Zone tutors. Students can submit their written assignments for feedback on a range of writing-related concerns: citation, proofreading, rhetorical analysis, organization, and more! Watch this short video to locate the Paper Drop-off in D2L.

Note: EXCEL Zone is closed on March 21-27 and May 31 for semester break.   

Academic Coaching

Spring Hours: Mondays - Wednesdays | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MST) or by appointment email: ccd.excel@ccd.edu

*The last appointment begins 30 minutes before Academic Coaching closes. 

Academic Coaching supports CCD students in study skill development for all CCD courses.

Digital Zone

Spring Hours: Mondays - Fridays | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MST)

*The last appointment begins 30 minutes before the Digital Zone closes. 

The Digital Zone supports CCD students in gaining an understanding of basic technology use such as D2L, CCDConnect, Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), WebEx, and Wevideo for course assignments as well as general CCD video-based scholarships. Come here to learn how to work effectively with technology or earn your free certificate of completion in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Digital Storytelling.

Math Zone

Spring Hours: Mondays - Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays - Thursdays | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Fridays | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (MST)

*The last appointment begins 30 minutes before the Math Zone closes. 

The Math Zone provides tutoring services for all CCD math and physics courses.

Writing Zone

Spring Hours: Mondays - Thursdays | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Fridays | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MST)

*The last appointment begins 30 minutes before the Writing Zone closes. 

At the Writing Zone, CCD students - including ESL students - receive help on all stages of writing assignments, scholarship essays, job application materials. From brainstorming to posting on D2L, we are here to support you!

Excel Zone Student Resource Library

WebEx Student Guidelines for Tutoring

Online Learning Resource List

The EXCEL Zone is CCD’s primary tutoring and academic support service. As a supplement to EXCEL, Brainfuse online tutoring is available through a link in D2L. CCD purchases a package of minutes and offers a limited amount of free online tutoring minutes through Brainfuse. Once the minutes are depleted students can elect to purchase a package directly from the Brainfuse website or request a list of private tutors from EXCEL. 

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

EXCEL! Zone's Vision

EXCEL Zone provides robust learning resources that support students’ academic success, learning development, and engagement to enhance personal and professional growth. 

EXCEL! Zone's Commitment

EXCEL Zone's commitment is to cultivate self-reliant learners through individual/group tutoring, academic coaching, and access to technology tools, online resources, study, and collaboration spaces.

Student Success

In alignment with CCD’s strategic plan, EXCEL provides access to a comprehensive program that prepares students with transferrable skills for both academic and professional success. EXCEL serves as an extension to classroom learning by offering the following services: Academic Study Skills, Digital Literacy (technology skills), Computer Lab, Recording Space, Tutoring, Embedded Tutoring, Open Study, and Quiet Study and a Quiet Group Study Room that seats 6 – 8 people. Most of these services are delivered through individual and group tutoring, workshops, or foundational digital literacy skills and certificate of completion in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Digital Storytelling. Once normal academic operations resume, it is recommended to make reservations for the recording spaces and the group quiet study rooms by calling or emailing EXCEL!

Professional Tutors work towards helping students become independent learners according to the following guidelines: Students should arrive at EXCEL Zones and Webex meetings prepared with all necessary books and materials. This means having attended class, taken notes, attempted homework, and reading assignments. Professional Tutors are subject matter experts who have been successful students and/instructors. Though tutors are a good resource, they will not do students' work and are not responsible for final course grades. For course-specific questions, students should consult their instructors. Instructors and staff who would like to request services can send inquiries to ccd.excel@ccd.edu.