Center for Academic Excellence & Innovation (CAEI)
Academic tutoring — offered at the Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation in Dobbs Ferry, and Learning Centers on the Mercy campuses — is a valuable resource to help you get ahead, whether you are a B student looking to get an A, a student in need of extra support to succeed in a difficult course, or a graduate student working on your thesis. CAEI provides a friendly learning environment in which to receive assistance in writing, math, science, and an extensive range of other subjects. The trained and courteous staff of faculty, peer tutors, and writing specialists provide the support you need to achieve academic excellence.
Feel free to make an appointment or stop by during drop-in hours.
Writing and Language Support
Staffed by highly experienced instructors, the Center provides academic support in the following:
Theses and Capstone Projects
Critical Thinking Skills
"English is My New Language" Workshop Series
CAEI offers free weekly workshops to students for whom English is a new language. The workshops are designed to build student confidence and proficiency in their English language usage by providing activities aimed at improving grammar skills, reading strategies and pronunciation.
(Returning in Fall 2020 – Day/Time TBA)
Math, Science, and Business Tutoring
Many levels of math and statistics, including computational skills, quantitative reasoning, programming algorithms, math-related projects and calculator skills
The spectrum of natural and health sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics
Different levels of nursing, including health assessment, pharmacology, pediatrics and med surgical nursing
Instruction in accounting, economics, and finance courses
Many levels of psychology and behavioral science courses, including SPSS and statistics
General Education Support
- Foreign Languages
- Critical Inquiry and Junior Seminar
- Media/Film Studies
- Other General Education courses
Dobbs Ferry Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation
Students are invited to use our expanded and refurbished facilities at the Dobbs Ferry campus for individual study, writing, and research. Resource-rich rooms are also available for group study. *
*Group study rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis for no more than two hours. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the study rooms.
AR/VR Lab with zSpace
Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab for group and individual study.
Ideum Multi-Touch Table
The Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation has added a 55-inch Ideum Multi-touch Table to enhance student learning. Learning modules in various disciplines will be added to allow students to review material independently or with tutors. Stay tuned for details as content is added.
The Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation also offers tutoring in Writing, Math and the Sciences online via Blackboard Collaborate. Visit Mercy Connect / EAB Navigate to set up an appointment for a video/voice conference with a tutor or writing specialist. Once you have booked an appointment in EAB Navigate, you will be contacted by a tutor within 24 hours with further instructions about your session. If you do not receive a follow-up email from the tutor within 24 hours, please contact the tutor directly via their mercy.edu email address.
Graduate Application Essays
Writing specialists are happy to meet with Mercy College students interested in applying to graduate school and working on their graduate application essays and statements of purpose.
Make an Appointment
Making an appointment is easy:
Log in to Mercy Navigate.
Click "Get Tutoring" from your Student Home screen.
Using drop-downs, select the Term for which you are enrolled, then choose a Service Category, Location, Tutor and an available appointment slot.
Confirm your appointment details.
Click “Submit.” You will receive an email or text message confirming your appointment.
Library Learning Commons
Math, Science and General Subjects
Rooms 4225 and 4227
Writing and Languages
3rd Floor, Room 315
CAEI Tutoring Availability
Please check Mercy Campus EAB for the most up-to-date availabilities and to make an appointment.
Online Writing Support in all Disciplines
Monday: 12:00 - 5:00 PM; 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 - 7:00 PM; 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online STEM and GenEd Tutoring- See updated schedules
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Go here for updated Math and Computer Science schedules
Go here for updated Science schedule
Are there tutors in every subject?
The Learning Centers provide tutoring in English, math and the sciences as well as in a wide range of other undergraduate subject areas.
Do I need to prepare for a tutoring session?
Yes, please come to all tutoring sessions with an assignment you've already started and with clear directions (preferably written instructions) from your instructor about the requirements of your assignment.
Make a good effort to get as far as you can with your assignment before meeting with your tutor. Think about the issues you'd like your tutor to address during the tutoring session. The more prepared you are, the more you will get out of your tutoring session.
What should I do if I miss or am late to a tutoring session?
If you cannot keep an appointment, please call the Learning Center at which your appointment is scheduled as soon as possible. The tutor will probably not be able to hold your spot if you are late.
Can I become a tutor?
Yes! To become a tutor, please print out a Tutor Application or visit your nearest Learning Center. Students interested in tutoring will need to provide two instructor references in support of their application. Students should also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of A in the course(s) they would like to tutor.
Help the CAEI Serve You Better
Your feedback will help us serve you better by allowing us to review requests for services at times not already scheduled. Please note, your submission here is not for an actual appointment. Please complete the survey HERE.