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  • Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

    Writing Tutoring

    Assistance with written assignments, reading comprehension, grammar, and more.
  • Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

    Math, Science and General Education Tutoring

    Assistance in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Psychology, and more.
  • Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

    Grad PASS

    Graduate Writing and Research assistance and workshops.
  • Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

    Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation in Dobbs Ferry

    Resource-rich facilities for tutoring, individual study, writing and research.

Staffed by highly experienced instructors, the Center provides academic support in the following:

  • Written Assignments 
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Presentation Practice
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Speech Tutoring
  • Online Tutoring
Online Tutoring

The Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation also offers tutoring in Writing, Math and the Sciences online via Blackboard Collaborate. Visit one of the links below to set up an appointment for a video/voice conference with a tutor or writing specialist.

Online Learning Center (Writing)

Online Math and Science Tutoring

Graduate Support Online (Writing & Research)

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) and Supplemental Instruction (SI) are academic assistance programs that use peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses.

Academic Student Services
Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

Academic tutoring, in the Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation in Dobbs Ferry, and Learning Centers on all four Mercy Campuses, is a valuable resource to help you get ahead—whether you are a B student looking to get an A or a struggling student hoping to pass a particular course. 

The CAEI provides a friendly learning environment in which to receive tutoring in writing, math, science, and an extensive range of other subjects. The highly trained and courteous staff of faculty, peer tutors and writing specialists will provide you with the support you need to achieve academic excellence. 

To use the tutors at the Center, you may make an appointment or stop by during drop-in hours.

Assistance is available for:

  • Many levels of math and statistics, including computational skills, quantitative reasoning, programing algorithms, math-related projects and calculator skills
  • The spectrum of natural and health sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics
  • Instruction in accounting, economics, foreign languages, history, psychology and general education courses.
  • No appointment is necessary—just drop in and join a group. 

Mike Mariani, a graduate writing specialist with the CAEI, is happy to meet with Mercy students interested in applying to graduate school and working on their graduate application essays and statements of purpose. Mike is a writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Guardian, and Psychology Today, among other publications, making him uniquely suited to assist students in writing compelling, illustrative grad school essays. Schedule an appointment with Mike by clicking the link above or by emailing him at

Dobbs Ferry Vitale Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation

Students are invited to use our comfortably expanded and refurbished facilities at the Dobbs Ferry campus for individual study, writing and research. Resource-rich rooms are also available for group study and private tutoring.

The CAEI provides graduate students with consultation services in both writing and research, in addition to specialized workshops in various fields of study.

Fall 2015 Hours:

(September 14 - December 23):

Dobbs Ferry

Monday/Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm; Friday 12:00 - 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:30 am - 3:00 pm


Monday/Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm; Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Our online appointment calendar makes it easy to book a tutoring session in advance. Simply select the day, time and tutor that fits your needs and follow the prompts. You will receive an email confirming your appointment. 

Appointment Calendar

Drop-in Tutoring Schedules

Graduate Workshop Schedule

Learning Centers

Dobbs Ferry - Library Learning Commons
Main Hall
(914) 674-7402

Bronx - Math, Science and General Subjects—Library Learning Commons
(718) 678-8905
Writing and Languages—Room 4229
(718) 678-8906

Manhattan - Library Learning Commons
Seventh Floor
(212) 615-3349

Yorktown Heights 
Room 213A
(914) 455-2143

Contact Us

Masele Kibassa
Director, Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation
(914) 674-7427

Steven DeRosa
Associate Director for Writing and English
(914) 674-7282

Maria Mordan
Associate Director for Math and Science
(718) 768-8905