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. Students may also 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.

In-Person Tutoring

To receive in-person tutoring, students should check the hours of operation below for the Zone they need and drop into the Confluence Building 4th floor. Students are welcome to work independently within the Zones prior to needing support from tutors.

Student Preparation

  • 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 or skipped by the tutor.
  • In-person tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis. Remote tutoring appointments are strictly for remote services and will not be honored in person.

Remote Tutoring

To get started with remote tutoring, 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/ESL, 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.


  • Three to five appointments per week; often same-day appointments are available.
  • All appointments are considered confirmed at the time of scheduling. Students will 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 two hours prior to the session.
  • 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 three 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.
  • Log into the session appointment a few minutes prior to the session start time. This ensures technology is working prior to the session.
  • Remote tutoring is only available for remote delivery needs. These appointments are not honored in person.

EXCEL's Computer Lab

The EXCEL Computer Zone is dedicated to individual study use and digital literacy tutoring. Computers in these spaces have internet browsers to access CCDConnect, D2L, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • Computers are for basic use, but there is limited capacity to support online attendance to synchronous classes. Computers with webcams are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be mindful of your volume and limit talking by using the chat function in online calls.
  • If you need to listen to something, bring your own headset. We have a limited number of headsets to borrow.
  • As a tutoring space, computer use is drop-in only with a maximum of two hours when there is a waitlist.

Computer Lab Hours

The computer lab will be open from May 31, 2022 through August 5, 2022 and operate on the following schedule:

  • Mondays - Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.

EXCEL’s days of operation follow CCD’s academic calendar and any weather Auraria campus-related closures. This summer semester, the EXCEL Zone is open from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022. EXCEL Zone is closed during the break between the summer and fall terms.

Academic Coaching

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

Summer 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

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

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

The Math Zone provides support for all CCD math and physics courses as well as math concepts or skills applied in other CCD courses. Math tutors can assist with all levels of math including algebra and calculus. Some tutors specialize in subjects like physics and statistics.

Writing Zone

Summer Hours: Mondays - Thursdays | 10:00 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!

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's 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.