Student Support Services
Our services foster student success by providing counseling, instruction, and resources necessary for students to make informed educational, career, and personal decisions. A counselor can provide guidance to Distance Education (DE) students, helping them assess their suitability and connecting them to DE student support services.
Contact: (415) 485-9432 or (415) 485-9430
Counseling Department Web Site
College of Marin Bookstore
DE students should contact the COM bookstore for assistance with course materials and book orders. Books are available for rent or sale, and eTextbooks are digital and downloadable. There are numerous shipping and delivery options available to students.
Store telephone: 415.485.9394
Bookstore Web Site
College of Marin Library
The College of Marin Library offers periodicals, books, and databases in both print and online format. Reference librarians are available in person at the Kentfield Campus, via telephone for all students, and online for students enrolled in a DE course.
Consult with the DE librarian for advice when planning your research and to learn what library services might be useful to you. The DE librarian can answer short, factual questions and provide guidance with research strategies and library resources.
The Media Center/Language Lab is an area where students have access to a media materials that instructors place on reserve. For student use, the Media Center has a number of PCs networked to printers. Print cards are available for purchase in the Media Center and the Library. The initial cost is $2. There are two MACs that have multimedia software installed which are available for student use. Students may access CD-ROM burners and most software needed for courses at the college. Inquire in the Media Center for assistance using these resources.
Tutoring and Learning Center
The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) at College of Marin offers free peer tutoring for currently-enrolled students in a variety of subjects including biology, business, chemistry, foreign languages, medical assisting, math, and more! All tutors are faculty-recommended and have completed a course in tutor training.
Instructional Technology / Distance Education
Online and face-to-face help is available for students using Moodle to access their College of Marin courses. For personalized assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call, or stop by one of the offices below.
Instructional Technology Office at Kentfield, LC 126, M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment
Instructional Technology Office at IVC, Bldg. 17, Room 106, Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and by appointment
Online Writing Center
Free online writing tutoring is now available to all currently enrolled College of Marin students. The Online Writing Center (OWC) is staffed with experienced COM tutors—instructional specialists and English instructors—enabling students to address their writing questions online, 24/7. There are helpful grammar and composition links, as well as instructional materials about all aspects of the writing process and essay mechanics. Students can use these resources, as well as get help from tutors. While tutors do not proofread or edit students' work, they do provide assistance to students who are working to correct their patterns of errors and who need help with essay mechanics.
The COM writing tutors can help you with:
- Writing assignments for all college subjects
- Grammar, idea development, organization, and research
- College entrance essays, UC/CSU applications
- Scholarship applications
- Resumes and cover letters
All COM students and faculty can self-register to access the OWC by completing the following 5 steps:
1) Login to your MyCOM account using your username and password.
2) Click on the “Distance Education” tab.
3) Click on “Log into Moodle directly,” (on the right side of your screen).
4) In the Tutoring block on the left side of the page, click on the “self-register” link. (If you don’t see the link, expand the block by clicking on the + signnext to the block title, Tutoring.)
If you need help, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit the Writing Center in LC 120.
English Lab/Writing Center
The English Lab/Writing Center is located in LC 120 on the Kentfield Campus, where English 98 and English 120 students may fulfill the lab requirement. Students working on reading and writing projects in any other courses are also welcome. The English Lab/Writing Center is staffed by instructors and instructional assistants. Students can receive tutoring or work on computers at their own pace. Information regarding free online writing tutoring is also available.
Contact: 415.457.8811 ext. 7609
Distance Education Support Center
Students enrolled in Distance Education courses at COM can schedule an appointment for taking a test by filling out the online appointment form. Click the DESC link below or go to http://comlearningcenter.com.
Please note that appointments can only be made online. Students can also use this link to sign up for professional tutoring in student success skills such as reading, time management, and test preparation.
DESC (Distance Education Support Center) Test Appointment Booking
Make-Up Test Appointment Booking
For general questions about online courses, contact AskDESC@marin.edu.