Academic Support | Tutoring Services

In support of the Mission of Trocaire College, the role of the Palisano Center for Academic Success is to provide students with the tools for strategic learning and skills fundamental to college success and beyond. Its goals are to promote an environment that maximizes student learning and to support the instruction of faculty.

The Palisano Center for Academic Success (PCAS) offers students a variety of academic support services. The PCAS has a computer lab for: writing papers, internet research, educational software use, web-based learning, and other learning activities. An open Anatomy and Physiology lab, equipped with different models of the body and its systems, is also available for student use. Along with academic program-related materials and study guides, and self-guided study aids, the PCAS offers small group instruction, mentoring, peer tutoring, and group study services in all academic fields. Students who want academic reinforcement in a particular course may request a mentor or peer tutor or academic coach.

Tutoring and Academic Coaching Services Offered


Click here for Spring 2017 Online Tutoring Instructions

Click here for Spring 2017 Tutor Schedule


Free tutoring services are offered as one-to-one and in group settings by professional tutors, peer tutors, and academic coaches. Professional tutors are degreed in the academic subject(s) or skill(s) they tutor. Peer tutors are fellow students; they meet certain academic standards to tutor in a particular subject or academic program area. Academic coaches are degreed professionals; they meet certain academic standards and provide assistance in general learning and study strategies such as note-taking, test-taking, time management, and information technology.

The PCAS also offers a writing drop box service where students can email their papers or writing projects any time of the day to a professional writing tutor who will review their work. Tutoring is offered, but not limited to, the following subjects:

  • accounting
  • anatomy and physiology
  • biology (human biology)
  • chemistry
  • English/writing
  • health information technology
  • information technology
  • math
  • medication essentials
  • nursing
  • philosophy
  • preparatory physics
  • psychology
  • radiologic technology
  • sociology
  • surgical technology

Personal and academic assistance is provided by an academic coach for students on academic probation. Coaching sessions emphasize critical problem solving and the students’ self-assessment of academic, social, and personal issues that impede their academic progress.

Requesting Services

The PCAS periodically produces a handout listing tutors and academic coaches, including their email addresses, phone numbers, and hours of service. Students can request services by emailing or calling a tutoringservices staff member of their choice. Appointments can be made on a drop-in basis or can be scheduled by contacting the PCAS at 716.827.2521 or at for any subject.


Becoming a Peer Tutor

The PCAS is always seeking talented peer tutors. One of the advantages of peer tutoring is helping the achievement of fellow students. Peer tutors also develop better learning skills when they facilitate the learning of others. Students can apply to become a peer tutor and tutor in subjects they have earned at least a grade of 3.0 or higher.


The PCAS provides testing services. Prospective and incoming students take the online ACCUPLACER® placement test and computer literacy test. Prospective RN students take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Test. The PCAS provides proctored services for all tests.

Testing Policies

In order to enforce the highest level of academic integrity while administering exams, the PCAS requires that test-takers adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. A photo ID is required in order to sign in to take the test.
  2. The following items* are not allowed in the testing area :
    • electronic devices
    • bags
    • notebooks/books
    • purses
    • jackets
    • other personal belongings.
    *(Unless permitted by a course instructor)
  3. All materials, including scrap paper, must be returned to the proctor upon completion of the exam.
  4. In order to uphold academic standards, test-takers may not leave the testing site during the examination and will forfeit the ability to complete their test in so doing.
  5. If a student will be late or unable to attend at the scheduled test time, please inform the PCAS as soon as possible.
  6. If a proctor suspects that a test-taker is cheating, the test will be stopped and confiscated and the incident will be reported For Current Students with Academic Accommodations:
    Students should be present at the PCAS at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your test.

How to Schedule a Test

Students will be asked to take a placement test prior to registration of classes. Please call the Office of Admissions at 716.827.2545 for more information and/or to schedule an appointment for testing or contact via e-mail at

Workforce Development (ie. Phlebotomy, EKG) requires prospective students to take a reading comprehension test prior to enrollment.  To schedule this test, please call 716.827.2521


Prospective and current students needing to take the TEAS test may schedule an appointment through the following link during the Spring 2017 semester:
For additional information on what to expect from the TEAS test click on the following link:
TEAS Overview – What to Expect
For additional information, please contact Claudia Lesinski at or 716.827.2553.

ACCUPLACER Information

Visit these websites to prepare for the accuplacer placement test:

Click on Free ACCUPLACER Practice to find: Sentence Skills Practice – Part 1, Sentence Skills Practice – Part 2, Reading Comprehension Practice Test – Part 1, Reading Comprehension Practice Test – Part 2, Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Practice.

TEAS Information & Study Resources

Guide to the TEAS Test

Please be sure to make use of the study manual on reserve in the PCAS, and try some practice questions found at

Section 1: Reading        

Questions: 48        

Time: 58 minutes
–    Paragraph and Passage Comprehension   12.7%
–    Informational Source Comprehension   15.3%

Section 2: Mathematics   

Questions: 34        

Time: 51 minutes
–    Numbers and Operations 12.7%
–    Measurement  2.7%
–    Data Interpretation 2%
–    Algebraic Applications 2.7%

Section 3: Science        

Questions: 54        

Time: 66 minutes
–    Scientific Reasoning  7.3%
–    Human Body Science 10%
–    Life Science 9.3%
–    Earth and Physical Science   5.3%

Section 4: English And Language Use    

Questions: 34  

Time: 34 minutes
–    Grammar and Word Meaning in Context  10%
–    Spelling and Punctuation  6%
–    Structure 4%

The TEAS test has a total of 170 questions. The most time allowed for the test is 209 minutes.


Other Academic Support Services

The PCAS is currently expanding its collection of health science study aides for student use. Students also have access to an open anatomy and physiology lab where they can study the physical form of the human anatomy using various learning modalities. Tactile learning is especially emphasized as students have the ability to assemble and disassemble parts of the human anatomy models to examine. The PCAS offers individualized sessions and workshop sessions on academic skills development focusing on such topics as test-taking, time-management, overcoming test anxiety, and TEAS and ACCUPLACER test preparation.


Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business Location Services

All services offered by the PCAS are available by request for students who are participating in academic programs or attending classes at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location. Students should contact the center at or 716.827.2521 to request services.

Trocaire College Rachel R. Savarino Library

The library at Trocaire College provides a pleasant place to study, do research, or just spend some casual free time.The collection contains audiovisual materials, books, ebooks, journals, magazines and newspapers. The library provides Internet-accessible computers available for educational research and wireless access and serve the Trocaire College community, the Sisters of Mercy, students from other educational institutions and community members within the Western New York area. Librarians are available to assist users with their research needs, electronic database access and individual and group training on searching the internet.


Palisano Center for Academic Success (PCAS)

Main Campus, Room 325
360 Choate Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14220


Monday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Hours of operation vary during Holidays, Easter Break, summer, and campus closings.