Tutoring Services

 

       
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Palo Alto College is committed to providing excellent academic support with tutoring in various subjects FREE to all currently enrolled students. PAC provides several centers and labs dedicated to the success of each student. Our staff are here to assist with your academic needs.

Math Learning Center

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Location: Gutierrez Lab 106
Phone: (210) 486-3273
Email: pac-tutoring@alamo.edu

The MLC provides tutoring services to students for homework, test preparation, and classroom skills. Our tutors educate on math concepts and computations, teach calculations, and help improve studying habits. Visit MLC for math assistance.

Borrow a Calculator

Rules to be eligible for a calculator:

  1. Must be a current student of the Alamo Colleges enrolled in a math course at Palo Alto College. Students taking math courses at other campuses, such as NVC or SAC, are not eligible to check out a graphing calculator.
  2. Students may not have a graphing calculator from a previous semester or still owe funds due to needing to return a calculator at the end of a prior semester.
  3. A student ID is required at the time of calculator checkout.
  4. Once the application is approved, students will receive an email with the time and location to pick up their calculator.

Calculator Loaner Application 

Science Learning Center

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Location: Frio Hall 111
Phone: (210) 486-3281
Email: pac-tutoring@alamo.edu

In the SLC, our tutors will help students in their academic pursuit of science. We provide extra education and support to help each student progress academically by providing 1-on-1 tutoring, assessing a student's level of education in that subject, and supporting a student throughout the course.

 

Writing Assistance Center

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Location: Gutierrez Lab 102/104
Phone: (210) 486-3257
Email: pac-tutoring@alamo.edu

At the Writing Assistance Center (WAC), tutors help students improve their writing skills by teaching various techniques, guiding them in their papers, and adjusting their teaching strategies accordingly.

STEM Center (Math and Science)

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Location: Brazos Hall 100
Phone: (210) 486-3945
Email: pac-stem@alamo.edu

The STEM Center is a centralized location at Palo Alto College for STEM programming and academic support services. We integrate various resources and instructional support for students interested in STEM to make informed decisions related to their academic journey.

Meet Your Tutors

Math Learning Center

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Joshua Bustillo
Tutoring Specialist
jbustillo4@alamo.edu

Savannah Padron
Professional Tutor
spadron9@alamo.edu

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James Parsons
Professional Tutor
jparsons@alamo.edu

 

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Rene Landero
Professional Tutor
rlandero@alamo.edu

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David Harris
Professional Tutor
dharris130@alamo.edu

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Amber Blancas
Professional Tutor
ablancas2@alamo.edu

Science Learning Center

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Sara Argon
Professional Tutor
sargon15@alamo.edu

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Sarah Freeman
Professional Tutor
sfreeman24@alamo.edu

Benjamin Garcia
Professional Tutor
bgarcia597@alamo.edu

 

Sonja Mullerin
Professional Tutor
smullerin@alamo.edu

   
Writing Assistance Center

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Troy Headrick
Tutoring Specialist
theadrick2@alamo.edu

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Monique Cortez
Professional Tutor
mcortez192@alamo.edu

Heather Twardowski
Professional Tutor
htwardowski@alamo.edu

 

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Yvonne Samuels
Professional Tutor
ybravo5@alamo.edu

Ronald “Kurt” Wilson
Professional Tutor
rwilson165@alamo.edu

Todd Soyck
Professional Tutor
tsoyck@alamo.edu

College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Certified

All PAC tutors are certified through the college’s  CRLA Training Program.

College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) tutor training provides professionals with the opportunity to create, improve, and expand tutor and mentor training for a campus’ unique programs. CRLA-certified programs demonstrate high standards:

  • Certification provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ and mentors’ successful work;
  • Certification sets professional standards of skill and training for tutors and mentors;
  • Certification augments program credibility for administrators and institutions.

 

Brainfuse Online Tutoring 

Brainfuse Online Tutoring 

In addition to free tutoring provided by the learning centers, students can access Brainfuse services on nights and weekends. Each student receives 7 hours of free online tutoring during the academic year. No appointment is necessary. Questions? Please contact Paula A. Garza, academic program coordinator for Tutoring Services, at pac-tutoring@alamo.edu.

How to Utilize Brainfuse Online Tutoring

Follow these steps to get online tutoring:

  • Log into ACES
  • Select “My Courses” 
  • Click on the house icon next to the course you want to access
  • Click on the “Brainfuse Online Tutoring” link on the left side of the screen
  • Click “Launch Brainfuse”

Once Brainfuse has launched, select from two options.

  • Live Help: Connect with a Brainfuse tutor instantly (depending upon the subject) for a 30-minute tutoring session.
  • Writing Lab: To submit a paper for review by a Brainfuse tutor, select any of the options listed. You will receive feedback within 24 hours, seven days per week.

Live Help and Writing Lab sessions with Brainfuse tutors are limited to seven hours per semester. Live sessions with a Brainfuse tutor are deducted from a student’s seven-hour limit based on the actual transaction time. For example, if you spend 20 minutes with a tutor, 20 minutes are deducted from your seven hours. For each Writing Lab submission, 35 minutes are deducted from your seven hours.

Brainfuse Online Tutoring Hours and Subjects

Dental-Math-Reading-Writing
24 hours per day

Accounting-Anatomy and Physiology-Biology-Chemistry-Economics-Finance-Organic Chemistry-Physics-Statistics
Monday–Sunday: 2 p.m.–midnight

Nursing
Sunday–Thursday: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Speech
Sunday–Friday: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Circuits
Monday–Sunday: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Intro to Engineering
Sunday–Friday: 1 p.m.–11 p.m.

Mechanics (Dynamics)-Mechanics (Statics)-Thermodynamics
Sunday–Monday, Wednesday–Saturday: 1 p.m.–7 p.m.

Chemistry-Physics-Statistics
Monday–Sunday: 2 p.m.–midnight

Earth Science
Monday–Friday: 12 p.m.–11 p.m.

Signals and Systems
Sunday–Friday: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Adobe Suite
Tuesday–Saturday: 5 p.m.–11 p.m.

C++
Every Day: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

CCNA Security & CCNA Certification
Sunday – Thursday: 12 p.m.–11 p.m.

HTML5/CSS-Java- MySQL-PL/SQL-Python
Every Day: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.


Spanish
Monday–Sunday: 2 p.m.–11 p.m.

History/Government
Monday–Sunday: 3 p.m.–11 p.m.

Javascript
Monday–Friday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Linux+
Every Day: 12 p.m.–10 p.m.

Microsoft Office Suite
Every Day: 3 p.m.–11 p.m.

PERL/CGI
Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Security+/Security+ Certification
Sunday–Thursday: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

Contact Information

Paula A. Garza, MBA
pramirez133@alamo.edu
Academic Program Coordinator

 

Erron Gonzalez
egonzalez366@alamo.edu
Academic Program Director

Hours of Operation

Mon.–Thur. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fri.: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sat.–Sun.: Closed

 

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