Academic Success Center

The College’s Academic Success Center (ASC) was developed to provide academic support to enhance student success in the various programs offered on the undergraduate level of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.   Tutoring services are provided for discipline specific courses that may not be available through the services provided by University Learning Commons.  Academic support is made available in the College’s Health Education Resource Center (HERC, St. Augustine Hall, Room B40) in an inviting and collaborative environment that encourages, promotes, and fosters independent learning skills. 

The center provides group and individualized tutoring for a variety of professional courses within the professional curricula of the College.  These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Biopharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Drugs and Diseases/Disease State Management
  • Extemporaneous Compounding
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology

The Academic Success Center is staffed with both full-time faculty as well as peer tutors who are employed part-time by the College who are familiar with the subject matter to be reviewed.  All peer tutors are upper classmen in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who have demonstrated overall academic excellence as well as a proficiency in the discipline being supported. 

To schedule an appointment with a tutor, please email them directly at least 24 hours prior to the desired appointment.  Walk-in tutoring may be available on a limited basis in HERC.

Additional Information

Tutoring for Pharmaceutical Science Courses (Pharmaceutics, Compounding)

Nayankumar Solanki, PhD Candidate

Hours: Tuesdays 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm; Wednesdays 1pm - 5pm; Thursdays 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 5pm; Fridays 1pm - 5 pm

Hours by appointment via email: [email protected]


Jaydip Vasoya, PhD Candidate, Doctoral Fellow

Hours by appointment via email: [email protected]


Tutoring for Medicinal Chemistry and Organic Chemistry (including Drugs and Diseases Chemistry Components)

Uday Kiran Velagapudi, Ph.D. Candidate

Hours by appointment via email[email protected]


Tutoring for Physician Assistant Program

Kimberly D’Amato, RPA

Hours by appointment via email:  [email protected]

Tutoring for Clinical Laboratory Science and Toxicology Programs

Quentin Lettieri, B.S., M.S. Candidate (Clinical Laboratory Science)

Hours: Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Fridays 9am - 12pm; Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hours by appointment via email: [email protected]

Tutoring for Doctor of Pharmacy Program Coursework

Matthew Kahn, PharmD Candidate

Hours:  Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours by appointment via email:  [email protected]

Matthew Porcaro, PharmD Candidate              

Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Sundays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours by appointment via email:  [email protected]

Francheska Marte, PharmD Candidate              

Hours:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours by appointment via email:  [email protected]


Radhika V. Kumar Ph.D.
[email protected]
Department of Chemistry, St. John’s College
Tutoring for medicinal chemistry and biochemistry

Olga Hilas, Pharm.D. MPH
[email protected]
Tutoring for Clinical coursework/simulation laboratory

William Maidhof, Pharm.D.
[email protected]
Tutoring for Clinical coursework/simulation laboratory

The peer tutors employed by the College are knowledgeable, approachable, patient, empathetic, and are held to a high standard regarding confidentiality.  They are available to help students understand their course material, to answer questions regarding the subject being studied, and may offer tips and suggestions for studying, learning, and preparing for examinations.  To maximize your experience during the tutoring session, we ask that you follow these tips:

Come Prepared

  • Please bring all relevant course materials (notes, handouts, texts) to the tutoring session;
  • Have specific concepts and/or questions for the tutor (rather than saying “I don’t understand anything” or “teach me medicinal chemistry”, etc.)
  • Attempt to complete the assigned reading, homework, and/or recitation problems before the tutoring session
  • Make an effort to first address your questions or problems with your professor during his or her office hours prior to your tutoring session

Actively Participate in the Tutoring Session

  • Ask the tutor to explain not only the answer to your questions but also how they derived at the answer, if appropriate (calculations or problem solving questions)
  • Ask the tutor to review a concept again if you did not fully understand their explanation or if the tutor is progressing through the work too rapidly
  • Summarize your understanding of the material (“teach back”) prior to the conclusion of the tutoring session
  • Review the material that was reviewed on your own shortly after your tutoring session to ensure your understanding and the reinforce your knowledge of the material
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the subject matter, schedule an appointment as soon as possible rather than wait until shortly before an examination
  • Attend all classes and attempt to complete all homework and/or recitation assignments prior to their established deadlines
  • Do not expect the tutor to do your assignments for you; they should assist you in the approach to the problems but the completion of the assignment is the responsibility of the student

The National Tutoring Association is dedicated to providing its members with opportunities to achieve and maintain high professional standards for tutors and administrators of tutoring programs and services

  1. I understand that my role as a tutor is never to do the student’s work for him or her.
  2. I will give honest feedback to the student I serve and will not insult my student with false hope or empty flattery; I will always demonstrate faith in my student’s learning abilities.
  3. I understand that my relationship to the student is professional and not personal.
  4. I will show respect for my student’s cultural background and personal value system.
  5. I recognize that I may not have all the answers to student questions.  In this event, I will seek assistance in finding answers to the student’s questions and/or direct the student to an appropriate resource for the information.
  6. I will maintain accurate records of tutoring sessions as expected and required.
  7. I will respect my student’s personal dignity at all times.
  8. I will be on time for tutoring appointments, not only out of courtesy, but to be a good example for my student to follow.
  9. I will keep all information about the student whom I am assigned confidential.
  10. I understand that my ultimate goal is to assist my student in learning how he or she best learns and to help my student develop the skills to achieve his or her best, most efficient lrearning.
  11. I will share any concerns I have with my supervisor.
  12. I expect to learn along with my student.
  13. I will keep current in both my subject area(s) and learning methodologies.
  14. I will remain flexible to my approach to student learning, respectful of the various learning styles.
  15. I will s hare techniques for improved study skills with my students.

The National Tutoring Association Tutor Code of Ethics is copyrighted by the National Tutoring Association, all rights reserved 2003.  The National tutoring Association Code of Ethics may be reprinted with acknowledgement to the National Tutoring Association who owns all rights.