THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Hours of Operation (virtual appointments, fall 2020)
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Center for Academic Excellence Staff
Ms. Mary Vota, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services & HEOP
Director of the Center for Academic Excellence
Ms. Elvira Vasquez, Academic Services & HEOP Counselor
TBA, Coordinator, The Writing Lab
Mrs. Susan Kopac, Office Assistant
The Center for Academic Excellence
Who are our tutors?
This is a peer tutoring center, meaning that our tutors are students at the College. This means that they have taken the courses you are in, with the professors you have. They are qualified to tutor you, since all tutors must have earned consistently high grades in the subject they are tutoring, and are trained by the Academic Support Services Team. In addition, student tutors must have two faculty referrals before they can become part of the tutoring team.
Will there be a tutor for the subject I need?
Our roster of tutors varies from semester to semester. In every case, we do our best to locate a tutor for every subject we offer at the College.
Is tutoring just for failing students?
This is a common misconception. Students who are struggling in their classes are, of course, welcome to the CAE and usually find that, with dedication and consistent attendance, their grades improve. However, many of the students who come for tutoring are looking to turn a B or even an A- into an A. All are welcome!
What happens if I miss my session?
We naturally understand the scheduling conflicts and pressures students face -- in fact, that is why we are here! However, you should do everything you can to attend the tutoring sessions you schedule. If you miss two appointments, you will be dropped from that time and will have to find another time for the tutor to meet with you. By the way, the CAE keeps records of attendance and missed sessions for each semester.
Will the tutor do the work for me?
No. The tutors are there to help you better understand the work you are doing and overcome the academic problems that are causing your grades to suffer. Someone else doing your work does not help you, so the tutors will work with you to become more independent so you can earn higher grades on your own.
Will the tutor check my spelling and grammar?
This is a little trickier than the last question. Tutors will read your labs, essays, and other writing, and will of course help you see where you are making grammatical errors. However, tutoring is not a drop-off service where you hand in a paper and pick it up fixed an hour later. Tutoring only works best when you are working with the tutor to address your particular academic difficulty.
Will my professor send me? Will my professor know I'm in tutoring?
Tutoring referrals happen in two ways: you can either be referred by your professor if he or she notices some specific areas to address with a tutor, or you can certainly self-refer whenever you start to feel uneasy about your potential to do well in a class. Either way, after each session the tutor sends a note to your professor detailing what you worked on and asking for feedback on other areas that may need to be addressed.