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
Helpful Links for Research and Documentation
Helpful Links for Writing
A comprehensive resource for writing and research questions, including general writing issues, APA documentation and advice for ESL writer.
As its name suggests, an informative and fun site for grammar queries.
Includes short videos on topics ranging from understanding assignments to citation and proofreading.
A comprehensive resource, including videos, on a wide range of writing topics.
Resources for writing, reading, study skills, AESL, research, literature, and effective speaking.
Writing Support FAQs
Will I get to work with a Writing Specialist who knows about my topic?
Rather than offer the discipline-specific assistance you can get from your professors, Writing Specialists help you learn to articulate your ideas to a non-specialist reader. In general, the Writing Center does not match you with a specialist according to your paper topic or course; no matter what the subject matter, our specialists serve as sounding boards, careful readers, and helpful critics.
Can a Writing Specialist read my paper before the appointment?
The Writing Center does not accept papers in advance of appointments. We believe that you will become a better reader and reviser of your own work through the experience of articulating your writing concerns at the beginning of the session. Your Writing Specialist can combine an understanding of those concerns with the perspective of a reader coming fresh to your paper, and then use both to help you think about possibilities for revision. Furthermore, the Writing Center is a popular resource for writers of all levels of experience at Mercy College. If specialists read papers in advance, we wouldn't be able to serve as many students.
How should I prepare for a Writing Center conference?
Please bring a hard copy of the essay draft you would like to work on, assuming you have one. It is also extremely helpful to bring the assignment prompt, any feedback you’ve received on this project from your instructor or advisor, and any key sources that you’re working with. These materials can help a Writing Specialist contextualize your project, and may serve as useful references during the conference. The best beginning to a conference is when you, the writer, have reflected on what kind of help you would like. Be sure to read your draft closely before you arrive, and perhaps jot down some notes indicating what you would like to focus on.
What should I expect when I come in for a writing conference?
The Writing Specialist will ask what you would like to work on during the session. He or she will also ask to see the assignment and to hear about or read any comments you have received on your writing from your professor. The Writing Specialist will discuss your writing with you, which will frequently involve asking you more questions about your ideas and getting you to talk through problems arising in the draft. If you haven't yet written anything, the specialist will help you brainstorm and organize ideas. You can expect to take copious notes. You will spend the last part of the session developing a plan for further writing and revision. If you plan to consult a Writing Specialist about a take-home exam, you must bring written permission from your instructor to the conference.
Still have questions?
"English is My New Language" Workshop Series
CAEI offers free 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.
Now Offered Virtually (Click below to register)
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
- 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 Connect / EAB 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
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 to reschedule your appointment. The tutor will probably not be able to hold your spot if you are late.
What should I do if I need to cancel a tutoring session?
If you need to cancel your tutoring session, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org