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Meet the Tutoring Center

Tutoring Center Director

Dr. Patricia Johnson is director of the Tutoring Center. A faculty member in the Department of Academic Development Services, she also teaches a 3-credit course entitled, Critical Thinking and Reading. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education, a Master of Education degree in reading, and a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction and has tutored students from second grade through college. She is an avid skier, loves the outdoors and enjoys working with diverse groups of people.

Meet the Peer Tutors

Carolina Alves

Hello! My name is Carolina Alves and I am a graduate student at Cal U. I am a Certified Athletic Trainer and I currently work with volleyball, swimming, and golf teams. I am currently tutoring Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and General Chemistry (Inorganic). Feel free to walk in or schedule a time if you need any help with these courses. I will be glad to help you! My tutoring hours are Monday and Friday 9am-12pm and Wednesday 9-11am. Have a great semester everyone!

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Jackson Bakewell

Hello! My name is Jackson Bakewell. I am a senior currently studying History with a slight interest in Political Science. I tutor most all fields of History. If there is something you have a question about that I don't know, I am ready and willing to dive in and help you understand. My hours are Monday and Wednesday from 11-12, Tuesday and Thursday from 10-1. If you need any help or have any questions, come to the tutoring center in the Department of Academic Development Services in Manderino 430 and we can figure things out together. Hope to see you soon!

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Abby Beatty

Hello, my name is Abby Beatty. I am a junior here at Cal U. My major is Biology with a concentration in medicine; I also have a minor in psychology and chemistry. Once I graduate, I plan on going to medical school. I hope to attend the University of Maryland.

If there is anything I can do to help you, I'd be happy to do so. The classes that I tutor are listed, but if there is another class that you need assistance with, as long as I have taken it and I have an opportunity to review the material before our session, I'll do whatever I can to help you along. My hours are M and W (3-4); T (1-3 and 6-8); and, H (12-2).  Have a great semester, and I hope to see you soon!

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Marcus Bush

Hi, my name is Marcus Bush.  I am a sophomore at Cal U.  I am a Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Science major here at Cal U with a minor in Robotics Engineering Technology.  I tutor College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I and II, as well as some programming courses such as: Prob Solving/Programming Constructs and Computer Programming I.  My hours are Monday/Wednesday from 2-3 and Tuesday/Thursday from 12-3.  I'd be happy to help you anyway that I can.   If I don't know the answer, I will certainly find out to the best of my ability... if you need my help PLEASE do not hesitate to make an appointment in Manderino 430!

Marcus Bush

Nikki Comito

I am Nikki Comito. I am a senior at Cal U majoring in Philosophy, and Psychology. I tutor: Logic & Language, Philosophy of Mind, Intro to Linguistics, Ethics, Philosophy Paper Writing, General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Descriptive Statistics of Psychology, and Inferential Statistics of Psychology. I am quick to respond to e-mails and I am available at the tutoring center from 2-3 and 5-8 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 Nikki Comito

Traci Davis

My name is Traci Davis, and I am a senior Biology/Pre-Veterinary student. While I go to Cal U, I am from Cortland, Ohio, and I have recently been accepted to The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine for Fall 2014.   I am currently the Treasurer of The Wildlife Society, a member of the Archery Club and Tri Beta. I love the outdoors, fishing, archery, and my animals!

 I am available as a tutor for: Zoology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology.  My hours are 10am-12pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I tutor in the Reading Clinic in Noss 118. If you sign up for one of my hours, please also send me an email at Dav0845@calu.edu, just to let me know.  I know some of these classes are difficult, so don’t wait until the last minute if you need help studying, the sooner the better!

Traci Davis

Jill Denk

Hello! My name is Jill Denk. I am majoring in Psychology and will be tutoring general psychology courses. You can find me in the tutoring center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11-1, Thursday 11-12, and Friday 3-4. Please stop by Manderino 430 and make an appointment to meet with me if you have any questions. I will be happy to help.

Jill Denk

Chelsea Eckels

Hello I'm Chelsea Eckels. I am a graduating senior at Cal U this semester majoring in Athletic Training. I currently tutor Anatomy & Physiology I and II as well as Kinesiology and Spanish. If you ever feel as though you need help in any subjects stop by the tutoring center located on the 4th floor in the library! My hours are 9-11 (M-W-F) and 12-1 (M & W).

Chelsea Eckels

Chelsea Gilliland

Hello, my name is Chelsea Gilliland. I am currently a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. I am available to tutor for Zoology, Botany, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Ichythology, Ornithology, Genetics, Wildlife Techniques, Fisheries Management, and Conservation Biology. If you would like to schedule a session you can find me in the Reading Clinic, Noss 118, during the following hours: Monday (9-11); Tuesday (12-2); Wednesday (9-11); and Friday (9-11). Please email me at gil6975@calu.edu if you would like to schedule an appointment. If these hours do not work for you let me know and we can work out an additional time! Thank you and have a great semester!

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Sharon Groover

My name is Sharon Groover and I am a junior Chemistry major with a minor in Biology. I am a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, and American Chemical Society. I am vice president of the Cal U Chemistry Club and a peer mentor. I tutor Gen Chem I and II, Ochem I and II, Analytical Chem, Zoology, Inorganic Chem, Spanish (up to 300 level), Botany and Intro to Molecular and Cellular Biology. I also can help with test taking and test anxiety, as well as general and scientific writing skills. My hours are Monday 8-9am and 10-11am; Tuesday 3-4pm; Wednesday 8-9am and 10-11am; Thursday 3-4pm; and Friday 10-11 and 2-3pm. Feel free to stop by with any questions or concerns!

Sharon Groover

Matthew Hladio

My name is Matthew Hladio and I am a senior here at California University of Pennsylvania. My major is Meteorology. I tutor Meteorology, Earth Sciences, and Math . I am available to tutor on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10-12 and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4-6. Don't hesitate to come in and make an appointment if you need any help with anything.

 Matthew Hladio

Dorothy Johnson

Hello!  I’m Dorothy Johnson, and I’m a sophomore at CalU.  My major is Earth Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies.  I tutor math up to Pre-Calculus, Intro to Geology and US History till 1877.  My hours are Monday (3-4pm), Tuesday (8-9am), Thursday (11am-2pm), and Friday (8-10am and 3-4pm).  I’ll be happy to help you with any questions you might have!

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Alex Kuchar

My name is Alex Kuchar. I’m a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology, and minoring in Music here at Cal U. Currently I am involved with Kappa Kappa Psi, the University Concert Band, Jazz Band, and the Computer Club. I am available to tutor Circuits I, Circuits II, College Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I, Digital Electronics Design, and C Programming I. I am available Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-4pm at the Tutoring Center located in Manderino 430.

Alex Kuchar

Jessica Laguerre-Joseph

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Laguerre-Joseph and I am a sophomore here at Cal U.  I am a dual major in Sociology and International Studies with a minor in Women Studies. I tutor all levels of French Courses, a number of courses pertaining to Sociology and International Studies, and lastly Women's Health Issues along with Introduction to Women's Studies. My hours are M (12-1); T (3-5); W (8-11); and H (3-5).

Jessica Laguerre-Joseph

Colin Lynch

Hello my name is Colin Lynch. I am currently a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I have an Associate Degree in Industrial Technology and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I can tutor: College Algebra and Trig, Macro/Micro Economics, Intro to Business, and any 200 level business course. My current tutoring availability is 2-6 pm Tuesday & Thursday. If you need any help don't hesitate to make an appointment.

Colin Lynch

Angelica Nunez

Hello!  My name is Angel Nuñez.  I am a junior studying Athletic Training.  I am the treasurer of the Athletic Training club, president-elect of Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, and a peer mentor here on campus.  I tutor Oral Communication, Intro to Athletic Training, Current Health Issues, Anatomy and Physiology I&II, Evaluative Tech I&II, Functional Kinesiology, Therapeutic Modalities, Administration in Athletic Training, Therapeutic Exercise, and Sign language and Braille I.  If you are having any trouble in a class or would just like some study tips please feel free to contact me at nun2982@calu.edu.  My tutoring hours are M: 8-9, T: 3-5, W:9-10, and R: 2-6. 

Angelica Nunez

Angel Reid

Hello!  My name is Angel Reid and I am a sophomore majoring in education, Pre K-4th/Special Education K-8th.  I am a peer mentor, a member of university choir, and a brother in Alpha Phi Omega.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends and spend a lot of time in the commuter center.  I also enjoy reading, music, and watching movies.  I am available to tutor special education classes ESP 210, 211, 311, 312,339, and ESP 407, EDU 150 Intro to Livetext, MAT 120 Elementary Topics in Math I, Elementary Education classes ELE 200, 220, and HSC 250 Health and Phys Ed Methods Pre-K - 4th .  I am available to tutor on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm.  In addition to tutoring specific subjects I can also help with general study and organizational skills that can be used across various classes.  Stop by Manderino 430 to sign up for an appointment or call the tutoring center at 724-938-4469. Please email me at rei5072@calu.edu with your name, the date of your appointment, and the subject you require tutoring in if making an appointment. This allows me to be better prepared for our tutoring session.

Angel Reid

Fahtimae Shamsi

Hello, my name is Fahtimae. I am currently a Biology major with a Chemistry minor. I tutor General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. My hours are from 11am - 3pm on Tuesday, and 8am - 12pm on Thursday.

Fahtimae Shamsi

Caitlin Sitler

Hello, my name is Caitlin Sitler. I am currently a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, while minoring in Finance. I am an active senator in Student Government. Also, I am a member of the Equestrian Club and Sport Shooting Association. I'm currently tutoring Financial Accounting, Accounting 1&2, Intermediate Accounting 1 and, Analytical Methods, and College Algebra.  I'm located in the Library, 4th floor on Mondays 10-11 and 12-4, Tuesdays 6-8 and Wednesdays 10-11. Please do not hesitate to stop in and make an appointment or email me at SIT6659@calu.edu if you have any questions.

Caitlin Sitler

Melissa Sivaram

Hi, my name is Melissa Sivaram and I am currently a Senior at Calu. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies. I love animals, working out, and anything that involves nature. I tutor Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, and Research Methods in the Psychology department. I am available for tutoring Mon and Wed from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or Tues and Thurs from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Come in and make an appointment in Manderino Library room 430.  I am always happy to help!

Melissa Sivaram

Hayley Whittaker

Hello! My name is Hayley Whittaker and I am currently a junior majoring in Mathematics and Physics. I am treasurer for Latin and Ballroom dance as well as Billiards Club and am a brother in Alpha Phi Omega. I tutor Intro to Statistics, Calculus I-III, Technology for Math, Physics and College Physics I, Linear Algerbra and Internet Concepts. My hours are Tuesdays from 10-11 and 2-6, Thursdays 10-11 and 2-3, and Friday from 1-2. Feel free to stop in at the tutoring center; I will be more than happy to assist you with your studies!

Hayley Whittaker

Ashley Yakin

My name is Ashley Yakin and I am a senior in the Athletic Training program here at Cal U. I am an active member in the Athletic Training Club, Kappa Omicron Nu, and National Society of Leadership and Success. I will be tutoring Anatomy & Physiology I & II as well as Kinesiology. I will be here in the tutoring center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-11. I love to help people so if you ever need anything feel free to stop in and make an appointment!

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Tutoring Schedule

Download the current tutoring schedule here.

Tutoring Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For More Information

Stop by 430 Manderino or call 724-938-4230.

Helpful Links

Reading Clinic

Math Lab

Writing Center

Academic Advising