Peer Tutoring Program

Attention Students:  If you would like to work with a tutor during the Summer Session (May 22 - August 11), please contact Jason Coley by email ( or by phone (518-861-2521).  Thank you and enjoy the summer!


To promote academic success while encouraging students to become self-motivated and confident learners.


One-on-one peer tutorials will provide you with a safe space to explore and develop your individual approach to learning.  Your tutor will serve as a model for academic success and assist you in adapting to the expectations of college life.  Tutors will help to facilitate your growth into a self-reliant, confident scholar eager to contribute to the community at Maria College and the world beyond.

Note:  Support for the development/production of this program was provided by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.  Maria College is committed to equal opportunity/affirmative action and promotes admissions, academic, and employment policies and practices that do not discriminate against any person because of sex, race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin, sexual preference, or physical handicap.


Tutorials 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


If you would like to meet with a peer tutor regularly, once a week, please fill out the Peer Tutor Request Form or contact Jason Coley, Professional Writing Tutor, directly at
You may also schedule an appointment during Open Tutoring Hours offered in the Learning Resource Center.  See below for more information on this service.


Drop by the Learning Resource Center to receive assistance with the following subject in one-one-one or group tutoring conferences.  See below for the current schedule.  If you would like to schedule an appointment in advance, simply call (518-861-2521) or stop by the LRC to speak with a staff member.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

Science & Mathematics

  • Monday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Writing & ESL

  • Monday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: -11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Reading & Writing

  • Monday: 12:00 pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Weekend College Saturdays: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Q: How much does it cost?
A: Absolutely nothing. The Peer Tutoring Program is a free academic resource.

Q: How often can I meet with a tutor?
A: Once per week.  However, if you feel you need more help, feel free to contact the Peer Tutor Coordinator.

Q: Who is my tutor?
A: Your tutor will be a Maria College student identified by faculty as a good model for academic achievement.  Each tutor receives extensive training in process-based tutoring strategies and is fully equipped to address the needs of your individual learning style. 

Q: When and where do I meet the tutor?
A: Once your peer tutor request has been processed, your tutor will contact you and arrange a place/time to meet. You and your tutor can arrange time/location to meet regularly throughout the semester for ongoing support.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Anything necessary for understanding the task at hand.  This includes, but is not limited to: syllabus, assignment prompt, text book, notebook, and other class-related materials. If you think something may be helpful, bring it.

Q: How do I prepare for a session?
A: Review and identify specific areas or concepts you are having difficulty with.  Try to set an agenda for yourself along with realistic goals for each tutorial session.  Discuss these with your tutor when you arrive.  You may also want to bring along a list of specific questions you would like to address.

Q: How do I become a peer tutor?
A: Contact Jonathan Coller, Peer Tutor Coordinator, to obtain information on the prerequisites for peer tutor training.

Q: How long before I can meet with a Peer Tutor once I make a request?
A: The average time between making a request and meeting with a tutor is 1-2 weeks. Please do your best to plan ahead and provide as much availability as possible when making a request.