The Learning Center at Purchase College assists students in learning, developing academic skills, and attaining academic success.
ThinkingStorm (24/7 Online Tutoring)
Students have access to virtual professional tutors online 24/7.
Students can make appointments by accessing ThinkingStorm Tutoring Services in their Moodle course.
ThinkingStorm is an online tutoring platform utilized by many colleges. It provides 24/7 access to professional tutors online for many subject areas.
For students to access these tutors, faculty must add a link to ThinkingStorm Tutoring Services in the Moodle for their course before the first week of class. It can be added easily under “Add an activity or resource”.
Our Purchase Student Tutors are not available during finals. Online tutoring, including writing, is available through ThinkingStorm. ThinkingStorm is accessed through your Moodle course.
Learning Center Tutoring
The Learning Center offers a comprehensive system of support during the fall and spring academic terms, ranging from help in a specific course to detailed instruction in writing and study skills. The primary modes of support are peer-based individual and group tutoring.
Students may schedule a maximum of one 45-minute appointment per day and up to three 45-minute appointments per week, in any combination of in-person or virtual sessions and Online Writing Lab (OWL) submissions. OWLs allow students to email a written assignment to a tutor who will return your paper with written feedback asynchronously.
There are 7 Purchase College Peer Tutors in the Learning Center available for virtual appointments to provide support for writing and other more specific Purchase subject areas, as well as time management.
- Art History
- Art + Design Foundations
- Cinema and Television Studies
- Creative Writing
- Music History
- Music Theory
- Playwriting and Screenwriting
- Political Science
- Time Management and Study Skills
- Writing in any subject
- And more by request!
- Thesis Statements
- Content Development
- Sentence Structure
- Citation Styles
Visit the Online Writing Lab to learn more.
Senior Project and Senior Capstone are invaluable culminating experiences for Purchase students, but sometimes it is difficult getting started and staying on track with these independent projects.
Einstein Corner Tutoring
The Einstein Corner, located in the Natural Science Building, Room 3046, offers tutoring in science and mathematics.
Natural Science Peer Tutors
Tutors undergo a rigorous review and training process to ensure that they are qualified.
- Biology 1
- Computer Science 1 & 2
- Chemistry 1
- Organic Chemistry
- Precalculus, Calculus 1, 2, & 3
- Intro to Psychology
- Childhood Development
- Developmental Psychology
- Research Methods 1 & 2
The Pareto Improvement Unit (Economics Tutoring)
The Pareto Improvement Unit provides students with free tutoring assistance in economics. The Economics Faculty handpicks tutors at the beginning of every semester. The PImU is intended to provide students taking economics courses with additional and alternative instruction, tutoring, and mentoring.
The Pareto Improvement Unit is located in room 1018 of the Social Sciences Building, where students can also consult copies of the textbooks used in different economics courses. No appointments are required. Feel free to meet with the tutors in person or to contact them by email. Get more information on tutoring in economics.
Online Resources and Handouts
The Learning Center webpage as an array of excellent guides and handouts that are available for faculty to use and share with their students. These include:
- Adjusting to Online Learning
- Time Management and Study Skills
- Grammar and Punctuation