Learning Resources

Grand Canyon University offers a variety of resources designed to help our students to succeed. Institutional Effectiveness offers personal tutoring services in a variety of topics including writing, statistics, accounting, nursing and various levels of Math.    

GCU also offers an extensive video collection of tutorials that demonstrate how to use the online learning system, set up a Taskstream Account, or use the latest Microsoft software.

Students, staff and faculty are able to share video and audio files with GCU in iTunes.  The content is free, and can be easily added to your Apple-branded portable multimedia device such as an iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch or iPad. 

   Learning Resources

 GCU strives to support students' academic success in a number of ways. Below is the Leveled Support Process to which faculty and students should refer when seeking academic help for students. Faculty and students should proceed through this process by utilizing each level in sequential order depending on effectiveness. The first point of contact for student success and support is always the instructor (Level 1).

Instructor Peer Collaboration Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement (CLA) Online Resources
Instructor provides extra attention and quality feedback and support to develop the student's skills GCU stimulates peer collaboration in both the ground and online environment.

You may help other students or obtain help from your colleagues through simple discussions.
Face to face tutoring for ground

Online tutoring for all students
Instructor refers student to additional Online Resources

ThinkingStorm is one example which provides feedback in writing, math, science, and business


Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Effectiveness provides face-to-face tutoring for ground students in the areas of indicated below. The CLA also provides online tutoring for both ground and online students.  Subjects include:  Writing, Math, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, APA, Biology, Chemistry, and Nursing (Level 1-3)

Monday - Thursday:  8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays:  Closed
University Observed Holidays  Closed

Institutional Effectiveness  also offers Student Success Webinars in the following areas:

  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Reading Strategies
  • Time Management
  • The Writing Process
  • Note-Taking Techniques
  • Study Skills


With the online service, ThinkingStorm, students have expanded access to tutoring in a variety of subjects (see below). GCU purchases the first 10 hours for each student, after which students can choose to continue with ThinkingStorm for a nominal hourly cost.


Math - Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Statistics
Science - Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, and Introductory Human A&P
Business and Accounting - Finance, Managerial, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics
Software and Adobe Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver
Writing Center - Live tutors are not available for writing, but students are able to submit their written paper for a tutor to review it. Editors provide feedback on completed papers within 48 hours. Comments are given on thesis strength, supporting evidence, organization, and grammar. Writing tutors do not correct student papers for them. Instead, they use Socratic Questioning and provide comments to guide the student in their writing development. Students are charged according to the page amounts related to the paper length.

Tips for Maximizing ThinkingStorm Time Usage
1.  Remember that the Institutional Effectiveness provides FREE tutoring in certain subjects for all GCU students, but THINKINGSTORM is a pay-per-hour service.

2.  To assist, GCU will cover the fees associated for the first 10 hours of use for the duration of attendance at GCU. Students are financially responsible for any time used over 10 hours. Costs can be found on the ThinkingStorm site.
3.  Students may consider allotting a certain amount of time for different subjects. For example, 2 hours per subject in 5 subjects (total of 10 hours).
4.  Utilize instructor and peer-editing when appropriate to save your time for more difficult subject matters.
5.  Exhaust available resources for APA related questions (i.e. APA tutorials on my.gcu.edu, the current APA manual, instructor, and appropriate APA related on-line resources).
6.  Tutoring services are to be utilized for in-session GCU courses for which the student is enrolled.
7.  To access ThinkingStorm, log-in to your Student Portal homepage and click the ThinkingStorm icon.