Title
Center for Academic Excellence

THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

(The Center will operate virtuallyi for the Fall 2020 semester. Student tutors will work with students via Zoom or Google Meet. You may request assistance for tutoring by completing a Tutor Request Form.)

The Center provides all students with the opportunity to become efficient and effective learners. The CAE offers tutoring, study groups, college skills workshops, supervised study halls. The CAE is typically opened for in person visits Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the academic year. During the fall 2020 semester the Tutoring Center will need to safeguard our students and continue to offer tutoring services virtually. The Center is open as a study area for a limited number of students every day. Simply stop in to see if we have a private study area for you. Students who would like to be a tutor for a particular subject may complete the Tutor Application.

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.

​Location
Spellman 111

Phone
845-398-4090

The Center for Academic Excellence Staff

Ms. Joy A. Gallagher, Director, Academic Support Services
Spellman 111
[email protected] or [email protected]
845-398-4093

Ms. Mary Vota, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services & HEOP
Director of the Center for Academic Excellence
[email protected]
845-398-4088

Ms. Elvira Vasquez, Academic Services & HEOP Counselor

​TBA, Coordinator, The Writing Lab
Spellman 111
845-398-4090

Mrs. Susan Kopac, Office Assistant
The Center for Academic Excellence
[email protected]
845-398-4090
 

FAQs

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.