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Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): Humanities, Social Sciences, and Writing Tutoring

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

What We Do

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers workshops and tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to improve their skills in writing, social sciences, and humanities subject areas. We can provide weekly, or one-time, individual appointments with a tutor, and we also offer walk-in tutoring in writing, and for social sciences and humanities courses. Walk-in tutoring hours vary by semester and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location & Hours

The ACE is located in the Old Gym Building, Room 205. The ACE's phone number is 718-960-8175.

Fall and Spring Semesters Hours

Regular tutoring hours during the fall and spring semesters are the following:

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m

Fall 2017 Hours

Click Fall 2017 (PDF) schedule of humanities, social sciences, and writing tutoring.

The Center is not open for tutoring when classes are not in session, during the winter and summer intersessions and when the College is closed. It may, however, be open for scheduled workshops. Please call the Center to confirm workshop hours.

Areas of Tutoring

Tutors are generally available in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Writing, reading, and research for any course

See our FAQ page for answers to general questions about tutoring.

Apply for a Tutor

Come by room 205 of the Old Gym Building any time during our regular hours to fill out a tutor request form. You can also download an application [PDF], and fax (718-960-7831) or drop it off in the office.

Online Tutoring

The ACE and SLC offer online tutoring in writing and in various Humanities, Natural and Social Science courses. For more information about online tutoring, click here.


We offer free workshops in a variety of areas including writing and academic skills. For the complete current schedule of ISSP workshops, see below.

Wait, what did I just read? Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts

This workshop will help you develop strategic ways of reading various types of texts, including scholarly research.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Ocotober 7, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Tools You Can't Live Without

This workshop offers a review of paraphrasing and summarizing, essential tools writers use in research-based writing. You will practice using each with a sample text and receive feedback on their own work. We will address how careful use of these tools helps us avoid plagiarism.

  • Monday, October 2, 10:00 am-11:30 am
  • Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26, 2:00-3:30 pm 

APA Citation Format

This 60-minute workshop reviews the basics of APA citation format, with brief attention to other citation formats. The workshop will also address the usage of web citation resources such as EasyBib.         

  • Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Thursday, October 5, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26, 6:00-7:00 pm

Effective Writing

A new workshop series highlights the basics of clear, concise writing.

  • Elements of Effective Writing, Tuesday, September 12, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Building Solid Paragraphs, Tuesday, September 26, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Common Sentence-Level Problems,Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Pronouns & Punctuation Review, Tuesday, October 24,12:00-12:50 pm
  • Strong Introductions & Conclusions, Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-12:50 pm 

Reading and Writing About Data

In this workshop, we will examine examples of texts describing and interpreting data, then practice analyzing and writing about information presented in charts or graphs.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-7:30 pm

Writing the Personal Statement

This workshop will cover the basics for crafting effective personal statements for internships, graduate programs, and more. Bring your personal statement or graduate school application essay draft. Registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 5:30-7:00 pm

Research Paper Writing Group

Drop by the ACE for a faciliated open writing session on Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am-11:30 am on October 21, November 7, November 14, November 28, and December 5. All are welcome. No registration required. 

Please note: ACE workshops are primarily designed for an undergraduate audience, though graduate students are more than welcome to attend.

WEEKLY English Conversation Group

Come practice your English language skills at the ACE! This weekly group provides a fun way to develop conversational skills with fellow students. We'll read short texts together as well. All students are welcome. No advance registration required. Come by and converse!

  • Wednesday, September 13, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 27, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 4, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 4:00-5:00 pm

The College's Counseling Center offers different workshops to help students improve their motivation, study and test taking skills.

CUNY Assessment Tests

Please see the Testing Office website for more information about testing policies and procedures. For general information about the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and math, see the official CUNY website.

Please contact the Mathematics Department's Math Lab (718-960-8878) if you require tutoring for the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics.