Tutoring Services

Palo Alto College offers free tutoring services for all students. During remote learning, teaching, and learning, tutoring is available online with Palo Alto College tutors or through Brainfuse. Subjects include: 

  • Math (including Statistics)
  • English (Writing, Reading, Speech)
  • Language Lab (Spanish)
  • Science (Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Science (History and Government)
  • Business (Economics, Accounting, Finance)
  • Computers and Technology (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Programming)

Brainfuse allows you to:

  • Connect with Live Tutoring.
  • Submit your writing assignment for review by a tutor with Writing Lab.
  • View flashcards—or create your own—in FlashBulb.
  • Form online study groups with MEET.
How to use 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 three options:

  • Tutor Match*: Connect with a Palo Alto College tutor for a 30-minute tutoring session; you will be directed to set up an appointment for the tutoring session.
  • Live Help**: Connect with a Brainfuse tutor instantly (depending upon subject) for a 30-minute tutoring session.
  • Writing Lab**: To submit a paper for review by a Palo Alto College tutor, click on “Submit a Paper” and select “Palo Alto College Tutor Review.” For review by a Brainfuse tutor, select any of the other options listed. When submitting to PAC tutors, you will receive a response within 24 hours, Monday through Thursday only. When submitting to a Brainfuse tutor, you will receive feedback within 24 hours, seven days per week.

*Repeat appointments with a Palo Alto College tutor are allowed through Tutor Match, and time spent online with a Palo Alto College tutor is not deducted from a student’s seven-hour per semester limit (see ** below). 

**Live Help and Writing Lab sessions with Brainfuse tutors are limited to a total of 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. Writing Lab submissions to a Palo Alto College tutor do not count against the seven-hour limit.

Online tutoring hours
SubjectPalo Alto College Online Tutors
(Central Daylight Time)
Appointment-based
Once in Brainfuse, select “TutorMatch” or “Writing Lab – Palo Alto College Tutor Review”
Brainfuse Online Tutors
(Central Daylight Time)
Once in Brainfuse, select “Live Tutoring” or “Writing Lab” 

Math

Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

24 hours per day

Writing

Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

24 hours per day

Reading

Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

24 hours per day

Anatomy & Physiology

Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Biology

Monday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Chemistry/Physics

Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Organic Chemistry

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Accounting/Economics

 

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Finance/Statistics

 

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

Spanish

 

Monday – Sunday: 2 p.m. – midnight

History/Government

 

Monday – Sunday: 3 – 11 p.m.

Computer/Technology

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday – Sunday: 3 – 11 p.m.

Nursing

 

Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Speech

 

Sunday – Friday: 5 – 9 p.m.

Engineering

 

Friday – Tuesday: 11 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Tutoring Center Contact Information

CIS/COSC Learning Center

Isidro "Sid" Perez
iperez@alamo.edu
Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3314 

Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Learning Center

Troy Headrick
theadrick2@alamo.edu
Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3262

Math Learning Center

Darlene Price-Johnson
dprice-johnson@alamo.edu
Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3273 

Science Learning Center

Ed Gildemeister
egildemeister@alamo.edu
Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3281

Writing Assistance Center

Thomas Murguia
tmurguia@alamo.edu
Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3257

Workshops

Pre-recorded Online Workshops

To view our online workshops, students should use Internet Explorer 7.0 or later and must have Microsoft SilverLight 5.0 or later downloaded onto their computers. Viewers will be prompted to install Microsoft Silverlight when attempting to view a presentation if Silverlight is not already installed on a student's computer. You may also download SilverLight through this link Microsoflt Silverlight. To view system requirements for Mozilla Firefox (Firefox Safari) and Google (Chrome), click here.

Writing Assistance Center
Online Workshops  
These workshops cover core writing concepts such as The Writing Process, Grammatical Sentences and Critical Thinking as well as course specific topics for English 1301 and 1302.

Math Learning Center
Online Workshops

INRW Learning Center
Online Workshops

Science Learning Center
Online Workshops

CIS/COSC Learning Center
Online Workshops

 

Contact Information

Thomas Murguia
tmurguia@alamo.edu
Director

Phone:
210-486-3350


Our tutors are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. 

 

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