Tutoring Center 

We are here for your academic success!

Located in the Student Support Center, the Tutoring Center (TC) provides students of all academic disciplines with a collaborative learning environment designed to further develop their academic skills through one-on-one support.  Composed of faculty, professional tutors, and peer tutors, the TC staff works with students individually to improve their approach to learning and hone the skills necessary for achieving academic and professional success. 

If you have any questions about us or the services we offer, feel free to call (518) 861-2521 and a staff member will gladly answer your questions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tutoring Center is to provide individualized academic support to students with the goal of developing the skills and knowledge necessary to encourage self-learning and academic success. This mission serves as the foundation for all the forms of assistance we offer.

  • An interactive space to explore and broaden learning potential.
  • Peer and professional tutoring for students in need of supplemental assistance.
  • Workshops and seminars designed to increase the efficacy of your learning practices (e.g. test taking strategies, note taking skills, study methods, etc).
  • Preparation for exams critical to academic and professional advancement such as the TEAS, TOEFL N-CLEX, COTA, and GRE.
  • Information and referrals to regarding other support units on campus and in the local community.

Tutoring Services

Open Tutoring Hours

Students in need of supplemental assistance in specific subjects are encouraged to meet with a tutor during our Open Tutoring Hours.  Currently, students can schedule one-on-one or group appointments to review material from the following subject areas.

  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Sciences
  • Writing & Reading Comprehension
  • Oral Performance & Presentations
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

These sessions are offered regularly and arranged to accommodate day, evening, and weekend class schedules. 

How to Schedule an Appointment

All users must first create a profile before accessing the Tutoring Center schedule.  

  1. Click https://mariacollege.mywconline.com/ to access the WCOnline login page and reigstration.
  2. Click the link “Click here to register”
  3. Complete the Registration Form and create a password for your profile
  4. Return to the login screen after completing form

After registering, you can now login with your Maria College email address and the password you just created.

  1. Follow the https://mariacollege.mywconline.com/
  2. Enter your email address and password to access the Tutoring Center schedule
  3. Select an appointment for an available tutor at an available time
  4. Note that appointments can be made weeks in advance by clinking the Calendar icon
  5. Complete the Appointment Form to finish scheduling an appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a tutor in advance or you are unable to attend our regularly scheduled sessions, call (518) 861-2521 or stop by the TC and speak with a staff member. Walk-ins are also accepted.

More about the Tutors

Peer Tutoring Program

One-on-one peer conferences provide a safe space to explore and develop individual approaches to learning.  Peer tutors serve as a model for academic success and assist students in adapting to the expectations of college life.  Tutors will help to facilitate each student’s growth into a self-reliant, confident scholar eager to contribute to the community at Maria College and the world beyond.

Tutoring conferences average one hour and will focus on your learning process.  Your tutor will assist you in developing the critical thinking skills necessary for academic success.  Through collaboration, you and your tutor will analyze complex problems and concepts in order to discover an effective approach to understanding them.  Peer tutors will not only assist you in addressing difficult assignments or course materials, they will also provide you with an audience for your academic concerns and provide you with guidance through their experiences as members of the Maria College community.  Tutors can be considered experts in the following areas of scholarly life.

  • Study Methods
  • Test-Taking Tactics
  • Time Management Skills
  • Effective Organization Practices
  • Locating and Using Outside Resources
  • Brainstorming and Invention Techniques
  • Critical Thinking Strategies
  • Alleviating Academic Anxiety

Professional Tutoring

Differing from the peer tutors, the Tutoring Center staffs three professional tutors considered experts in their fields.

Jason Coley
Asst. Director of Student Support and Planning
Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric, Communication and ESL

Jillian Mertzlufft 
OP Counselor and Professional Tutor
Areas of Expertise: Science and Mathematics

Colleen Reilly 
Professional Tutor
Areas of Expertise: Writing and Reading Comprehension

Max Clayton
Professional Tutor
Areas of Expertise: Nursing & ANP

English-as-Second-Language Tutoring

If you are a student in need of supplemental instruction in reading and writing in English, make an appointment with Jason Coley. Appointments can be made online,  by phone (518-861-2521) or in person by speaking with a TC staff member. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Jason can work with you at any stage in your work by helping with the following.

  • Understanding class materials or assignment prompts
  • Developing written and oral language proficiency
  • Brainstorming and using pre-writing strategies for developing ideas
  • Drafting and revising a written piece
  • Interpreting instructor feedback on an assignment that has already been turned in

Please be aware that the ESL tutor does not provide outright grammar correction or copyediting services, but is more focused on working together with you to develop your English language skills in reading comprehension, writing and oral communication.

Test Preparation

If you are in need of additional support as you prepare for your exams and professional assessments, contact the Tutoring Center for assistance in the following areas.

Unit Exam Review Sessions

Offered throughout the semester, Unit Exam Prep Sessions provide students with an opportunity to address their most concerning questions.  These sessions are facilitated by a professional tutor and are typically held in the Student Support Center two days prior to the scheduled unit exam. Each session last for approximately 1 ½ hours.  While no reservation is necessary for attendance, we ask that you arrive promptly with specific questions to address.

For a list of upcoming review sessions, please call (518) 861-2521 or visit the Tutoring Center to speak with a staff member.


Planning on Taking the TEAS Soon? The Tutoring Center can help you get ready. Start with a diagnostic test to find areas that need improvement, then work with a professional tutor to address those needs. We have learning modules, practice exams, and worksheets to make passing the TEAS a breeze.

Contact tutoring@mariacollege.edu or call the Tutoring Center at (518) 861-2521 to get started.


What is the TEAS?

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a multiple-choice exam used to assess a student basic academic knowledge. You can check out www.ATItesting.com for more information about the test itself.

Who has to take the TEAS?

Maria College requires all students with an intent for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or the Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC) programs take the TEAS. If you have any questions regarding the entrance requirements of these two programs, please contact Laurie Gilmore, Director of Pre-Nursing Advisement, at lgilmore@mariacollege.edu .

What subjects does the TEAS cover?

The TEAS has four sections: Reading, Math, Science and English Language and Usage (Grammar and Writing). 

What scores are required for admittance to the Nursing Programs at Maria College?

For the Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) a minimum score on each section as follows.

  • Reading - 70.5%
  • Mathematics - 69%
  • Science - 53.6%
  • English Language and Usage - 63.8%

For the Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC) priority is given to students who score at or above.

  • Reading - 70%
  • Mathematics - 50%
  • Science - 53.6%
  • English Language and Usage - 50%

Where will I take the TEAS?

The TEAS test is administered by ATI (not Maria College) at various locations. You must register through ATI at www.atitesting.com . However, the test is given at Maria several times throughout the year. 

If you wish to take the TEAS at Maria, select it as your testing site when you register online. You can register through www.atitesting.com.  Currently, Maria College offers a computer-based format and the cost is $110.00.

If you wish to take a paper-based test, visit www.capitalregionboces.org or call the Capital Region BOCES at (518) 862-4709. The cost there is approximately $70.00.

What happens if I don’t pass the TEAS?

Currently enrolled students may take the TEAS test twice after beginning classes. The second attempt must be 45 days after the initial attempt. Scores from two separate exams may be combined to take the highest scores. For example, if you pass the Reading and Science sections on the first try, but fail Math and English Language Usage sections, you can take the second test and only focus on Math and English Language Usage. You can use the passing scores from your first test and second test combined to meet the requirements. 

What can the Tutoring Center do to help me prepare for the TEAS?

We offer a diagnostic test to help determine what areas of the test you’ll need to work on. Then we can create an individualized study plan, which makes use of Power Point slides, direct instruction, practice questions and websites, instructional videos, and practice tests. 

I took the TEAS and I only failed one section. Do I have to review everything?

No. We can just focus on that one section. You can combine the scores on your test. 

Do I have to come to the Tutoring Center to get help?

Though some of our material is available on line, we recommend at least some time working with our tutors to get the most benefit from the material.  Our tutors can pinpoint where you’re having trouble and suggest what materials will help you. 

The tutors and workshops aren’t available when I am. How else can I get help?

We’re really committed to doing what we can to help. Email tutoring@maraicollege.edu  and we’ll do everything we can to find a time to meet with you.

How far in advance should I start preparing for the TEAS?

That depends on how much of a review you will need. Maybe you only need a quick review of a few skills that can be done in an hour or two. But, you may need to study and practice over a period of weeks. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible for a diagnostic assessment.  

How do I get started prepping for the TEAS with the Tutoring Center?

Call the Tutoring Center at (518) 861-2521 or email us tutoring@mariacollege.edu . Do it now while you’re thinking about it.


The professional tutoring staff can assist students preparing for the NCLEX exam by

  • Providing additional preparation materials
  • Quizzing students with flashcards and model exam questions
  • Giving pointers on how to interpret questions systematically
  • Offering suggestions on time management during the examination.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one or group session, please speak with a TC staff member by phone (518) 861-2521 or in person.