Cabrini’s Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to helping students

By Joe DeMarzio
February 10, 2010

Cabrini’s Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to helping its students.  Peer tutoring is available for all different subject areas.  The office is located in the Iadarola Center in room 110.  Although tutoring is available for any subject matter, the Center for Teaching and Learning is focused more on writing and math.  These two subjects alone have their own separate departments, the writing center and the math resource center.

Sarah Rocco, sophomore chemistry major, said, “I became a peer tutor because I have always enjoyed helping others.  I feel it is important for other students to actually understand what they are learning and sometimes a fellow student can be a better help than a professor.”

Interested in becoming a peer tutor?  You have to be currently enrolled at Cabrini College, sophomore or higher, with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Duties would include meeting with students on a regular basis, consulting with staff if an issue ever arises, attend monthly staff meetings and being fully committed to helping your peers.   There are also many other responsibilities that peer tutors are required to attend to.  All applications and other related forms can be located in the writing center.

Christine Adolf, junior communication major, said, “I absolutely encourage the use of peer tutoring or finding a classroom coach if you need any help.  I’ve used the writing center before and I love them.  They don’t do the paper for you; they help you and give you suggestions on how to make your paper even better.  And the peer tutors that are there at night are great, friendly and very helpful.”

“I love my hours since I only have work when I classroom coach video production, which is Monday and Wednesdays 9:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.” Adolf said.  Peer tutoring is available both ways, through the Center of Teaching and Learning and through classroom coaching.  Both are paid positions.

“I don’t mind the wages.  It’s what I would expect it to be.  For me it’s more about staying in the classroom helping the video students and keeping my skills up to par for when I enter the work force.” Adolf said.

All tutors have different schedules to accommodate to the help of students.  All tutor schedules can be located on Cabrini’s Web site (  Prior to going into the Center for Teaching and Learning, students are encouraged to make appointments before coming in.

The tutors there are committed to providing the skills to increase the student’s proficiency in that particular area of study.  “Tutoring has always been a passion of mine; I love seeing that light go on when someone gets the material,” Rocco said.  They do their best to guide the student to the answer they are looking for without full-out giving them the answer.  The purpose of the center is to help students learn, and not to just give them the answer and send them on their way.

When you have successfully scheduled an appointment with a tutor, there are a few things you will need before arriving.  You do not need money because all campus tutoring is free of charge.  However, you will need to bring your student ID, the assignment you wish to seek help on and all related notes and handouts.  This will help the peer tutor to help you as efficiently as possible.  If you have an assignment that is online, the center has a computer resource lab that all students seeking help are encouraged to utilize.

Elena Brown, junior psychology major, said “I would definitely recommend the Center for Teaching and Learning for other students.  I feel that some people don’t take advantage of all of the subjects that are being offered for tutoring.  The CTL provides tutoring for almost every subject, so I think that if you’re struggling with a class, going to a tutor is a great way to improve your grades.”

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