Palisano Learning Center

In support of the Mission of Trocaire College, the role of the Palisano Learning Center 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.

The Palisano Learning Center (PLC) offers students a variety of academic support services. The PLC has a computers and Wi-Fi access for writing papers, internet research, educational software use, web-based learning, and other learning activities. An open Health Sciences 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 PLC offers workshops, 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 tutor or academic coach.

Tutoring and Academic Coaching

Free academic support is available for Trocaire courses upon request to enrolled Trocaire students. Support is also available to recent alumn preparing for licensure exams.  Through one-on-one and group interactions, students have access to professional, alumni, and peer tutors. Professional tutors are credentialed in the academic subject(s) or skill(s) they tutor. Alumni and Peer tutors are former or current Trocaire students who have been confirmed as meeting specific academic standards to tutor in a particular subject or academic program area.

Academic Coaching is available to students seeking assistance with time management, note-taking and test-taking strategies, and general study skills. Coaching sessions emphasize critical problem solving and the students’ self-assessment of academic, social, and personal issues that impede their academic progress.

To schedule an appointment with a Tutor or Academic Coach, please click below:

Schedule Tutoring


Inquiries related to tutoring appointments can be made by contacting the Palisano Learning Center directly via email: [email protected] or by phone at (716)827-2425. Please do not contact us by phone or email to request a tutor. You must utilize the scheduling page first.


Online Tutoring  

Free online tutorial support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our partnership with for the following courses:

Subject Courses
Anatomy & Physiology BIO109, BIO130 & BIO131
Biology BIO105
Chemistry CH100
Physics PHY099
Statistics MA200


Students can access online tutoring at any time by logging in to Moodle and clicking the ‘Tutor 24/7’ link.


Interested In Becoming A Tutor?

The Palisano Learning Center is always seeking talented Peer and Alumni Tutors. For additional information, please visit the Palisano Learning Center located in Choate Main Campus, 113.



The Palisano Learning Center facilitates accommodation and admissions-related testing services by appointment only. Students registered with the Office of Accessibility Services seeking to utilize approved testing accommodations must complete the Accommodation Testing Request Form via the E-Student Portal at least 5 business days prior to the test.
Click here to connect to the testing center


Testing Policies

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

  1. Students should arrive to the PLC at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your test.
  2. A photo ID is required in order to sign in to take the test.
  3. 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)
  4. All materials, including scrap paper, must be returned to the proctor upon completion of the exam.
  5. 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.
  6. If a student will be late or unable to attend the scheduled test time, please inform the PLC as soon as possible.
  7. 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.

For prospective and accepted students, the Palisano Learning Center facilitates the ACCUPLACER® placement test. For prospective and current Trocaire students seeking admission into the Registered Nursing program, the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Test is also offered.


Students accepted to the college as well as prospective Workforce Development (ie. Phlebotomy, EKG) students may be required to complete placement testing prior to enrollment. Accepted and prospective students who have been advised to take the AccuPlacer must schedule an appointment by clicking the button below.

Schedule My AccuPlacer Test


AccuPlacer Resources

For additional information about what to expect on the AccuPlacer, click on the following link:

ACCUPLACER Overview – What to Expect


Students seeking admission into the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing are required to take the TEAS Test as part of the application process. Prospective Registered Nursing Program students must schedule a TEAS Test appointment by clicking the button below.

Schedule My TEAS Test


TEAS Resources

For additional information on what to expect from the TEAS test click on the following link:
TEAS Overview – What to Expect
Additional TEAS Testing Resources
TEAS Study Guide
TEAS Practice Test


For additional information regarding accommodation and placement testing, please call 716.827.2553.


Palisano Learning Center

Main Campus, Room 113
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220


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

Meet The Staff


Dr. Verjaun Gordon

Director, Palisano Learning Center and TOP (HEOP)

Main Campus, Room 114



Jonathan Hudack M.S. Ed.

Associate Director, Palisano Learning Center and TOP (HEOP)

Main Campus, Room 112




Main Campus, Room 111


Liz Wheeler

Academic Coach

Main Campus, Room 113


Mary Ann Deb

Health Science Academic Support Specialist

Main Campus, Room 116


LeeAnn Speyer

Health Science Academic Support Specialist

Main Campus, Room 116