Center for Academic Excellence

Enhance your skills and achieve academic success

The Center for Academic Excellence contributes to USJ’s vibrant academic community by serving as a resource to the University and the surrounding area. Stop by and see us on the second floor of the Pope Pius XII Library.

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The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides students with tutoring to assist with writing papers in all disciplines, reviewing undergraduate content, and with strengthening their academic success skills. Tutors at the CAE are either professionals in their field or high-achieving undergraduates recommended by faculty to tutor a specific discipline. The Writing Associates program embeds highly trained peer writing tutors in several of our English courses who complete all course readings and partner with students throughout the writing process for all assignments. Our Writing Associates also provide in-class and out-of class workshops as needed throughout the semester. Supplemental instruction is available for various courses in disciplines such as Chemistry, Biology, and Nursing. Study tables are scheduled several times a week to help students succeed in these programs.

Content Tutoring: The CAE offers content tutoring for many undergraduate courses, including Biology, Chemistry, Math, Nursing, Physics, and more. Review the content of your class with a tutor who has previously taken the course, has been recommended by the professor, and received comprehensive training from our staff. To make your appointment as beneficial as possible, come prepared with questions and specific topics you want to review.

Writing Tutoring: Need help with paper organization, brainstorming, outlining, citation, formatting, deepening your critical thinking, or developing your thesis statement? Our Writing Tutors have been thoroughly trained by CAE professional staff and can help with undergraduate or graduate level papers. Undergraduate Writing Tutors have been recommended by professors and received high marks in their writing courses. Graduate Assistant and Professional Writing Tutors have strong writing backgrounds and have gone through a rigorous interview process.

Academic Success Tutoring: Looking for some guidance when it comes to time management, organizational skills, study skills, test taking strategies, or reading difficult texts? Our Academic Success Tutors have been vetted by professors and go through an extensive training process lead by our Academic Success Coordinator in order to help you enhance your academic success skills.

Our Services Include

  • One-on-one or small-group tutorials, and large-group study tables
  • Skills to enhance students’ competencies in academic success, written expression, and critical reasoning across and within the disciplines
  • Leadership development for students who serve as tutors, front desk assistants, and peer mentors
  • Supplemental instruction for students to advance their abilities to learn complex concepts and achieve success in challenging courses

CAE Hours for the Spring 2020 Semester

The CAE Appointment email account will be monitored Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During these hours, a CAE staff member will be able to assist you in booking a tutoring appointment.

Tutoring hours for the spring semester vary depending upon the type of tutoring (Content, Writing, or Academic Success) and the course code. For more information regarding specific tutoring hours, please contact us by email or check out the tutoring schedule posted on MyUSJ by clicking on Student, Student Resources Page, Center for Academic Excellence.

Tutoring appointment availability varies depending upon the course. For more information please contact us by email at [email protected].

Contact Us

Location: 2nd Floor of the Pope Pius XII Library
Phone: 860.231.5514
Email: [email protected]

The CAE email account will be monitored to answer USJ students’ requests for tutoring:
M, – F: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Our Staff

Renee Lavoie, ’93, M’01
CAE Coordinator
Library 207
Phone: 860.231.5421
Email: [email protected]

Seana Schulz, M.Ed.
Office Coordinator
Library 204
Phone: 860.231.5677
Email: [email protected]

Ryan Olander
Academic Success Specialist
Library 206
Phone: 860.231.5654
Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question or concern isn’t addressed here, contact us to find out more.

How long is a typical tutorial?

Depending on your needs, tutorials will last up to one hour.

How many appointments can I make?

We can book two appointments at a time per class. After one of your appointments is held, you are able to book the next appointment for that class.

Does my paper have to be finished before I meet with a writing tutor?

No. We work with students at all stages of the writing process, from initial brainstorming to final draft. It is a good idea to bring to the appointment assignment sheets, source material, your notes, and all of your drafts.

Are CAE services free?


What are the credentials of the CAE tutors?

Our professional tutors hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in areas such as Nursing, English, Education, Counseling, Psychology and Composition Studies. Our undergraduate peer tutors have been recommended by faculty to provide content tutoring and to lead study tables.

How do I make an appointment?

Email us at [email protected]. Email requests will be confirmed Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Is writing tutoring available online?

No, however if you are looking for an appointment with a Writing Tutor, tutoring appointments are available over the phone. Email us at [email protected] to set up a Writing Phone appointment.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. We ask that you cancel at least 24 hours in advance so we can schedule another student in the slot. Monday appointments should be canceled by 4 p.m. Friday.

Where is the CAE located?

The second floor of the Pope Pius XII Library.

Are you open in the evenings?

Yes. During the fall and spring semesters, tutoring is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Fridays until 6 p.m. Please email ahead to check intersession and summer evening hours.

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