Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the College Learning Center?

Student Services Building, 2nd floor Room 213.

When is the Learning Center open?

During the summer: Monday - Friday by appointment.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Monday - Friday from 10 am - 7 pm.

The Learning Center is closed during College breaks and when the College closes due to inclement weather.

How do I know when a tutor will be available?

Simply login to to see which tutors teach which subjects, what hours are available, and to schedule a tutoring session.

What happens during a tutoring session?

Our tutors do not deliver prepared lesson plans or lectures, nor do they write papers for tutees. You can, however, expect your tutor to be knowledgeable about your subject and help you to comprehend the material.  If attending a writing tutoring session, our tutors can help you with any phase of your writing from brainstorming for topics to revising a written paper. 

Can I get assistance with take-home exams?

For educational and ethical reasons, assistance with take-home exams is prohibited. If your professor has indicated that Learning Center assistance is permitted, please ask your professor to notify us about this exception.

Is there a cost for tutoring services?

No. Services of the Learning Center are free of charge for Purchase students.

How often can I use the Learning Center for tutoring?

Students may schedule as many three tutoring appointments per week, in any combination of face-to-face sessions and OWL submissions.  (No back-to-back appointments with the same tutor, please). 

Why don't you provide tutoring in the Natural Sciences?

Due to a large grant to our Natural Sciences Department, Purchase was able to create the Einstein Corner.  This office provides tutoring in Math, Chemistry, Psychology, Biology, and other sciences.  The Einstein Corner is located in Natural Sciences 3046 and can be reached at x6648.  The Learning Center does offer tutoring in math proficiency. 

If I'm doing well in class, can the Learning Center help me do even better?

Absolutely! The Learning Center is designed to assist both students who are having difficulty in a course as well as those who are doing well, but would like to further improve their performance.

How well qualified are the tutors?

Tutors undergo a stringent application and review process prior to being hired at the Learning Center. All tutors have met our academic criteria, have come highly recommended by faculty and/or administrators here at Purchase, and have excelled in the courses for which they tutor. In addition, all tutors undergo training according to College Reading Learning Association guidelines throughout the duration of their employment.

What is the OWL?

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is another free resource for Purchase students.  For more information, please click here: Online Writing Lab.

Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Student Services 213
5pm – 7pm: Library 0012A Room 1

Mon - Fri, by appointment
Student Services 213