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Instructional Support Services Program/Tutoring

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

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 and/or Academic Coach

Complete our Appointment Request Form to request an appointment with an academic coach, social sciences, humanities, or writing tutor. You will receive an email after an appoitnment has been scheduled.  .

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. To register for a workshop, please call (718) 960-8175.

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. Location: To be announced.

  • Monday, February 25, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

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. Registration required. Location: To be announced.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Monday, March 11, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 23, 10:20 am-11:50 am

Citing Sources: APA Citation Format

This 60-minute workshop reviews the basics of APA citation format, with brief attention to other citation formats. Registration required. Location: To be announced.

  • Wednesday, March 6, 11:00 am-12:40 pm
  • Monday, April 15, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Effective Writing

Effective Writing

Come to one or more sessions reviewing elements of the writing process. Each session is different, and offers tips on writing clearly and concisely. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work. Registration required.  Meeting dates:

  • Tuesday, February 26, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 5th, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 5, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 12, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 19, 10:20 am-11:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 26, 10:20 am-11:50 am

Special Saturday workshop on revising sentences: Saturday, March 16th, 10:20 am-11:50 am.


Writing the Personal Statement

This workshop will cover the basics for crafting effective personal statements for internships, and scholarship applications. Bring your personal statement, if you have one. Registration required.

  • Friday, February 19, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

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. Location: Old Gym, 205. Come by and converse!

Wednesdays, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm.

First session on Wednesday, February 20th.  Last session on Wednesday, April 3rd.


Planning the Research Paper

This workshop provides an overview of helpful strategies for research paper writers, including building a storyboard to organize your ideas, using note-taking templates, creating a working intro, and anticipating the questions of friendly readers. Participants are invited to bring notes and drafts for projects they are currently wokring. Location to be announced.  

  • Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

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.