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 and to support the instruction of faculty.

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 Services Offered

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.

Tutorial assistance is available for all courses and to all students enrolled at Trocaire College. Assistance may also be available to recent alumni preparing for licensure exams.

Personal and academic assistance is provided by an Academic Coach for 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.


Request A Tutor

Please click the link above to make a request for a tutor. Inquires related to the submission of Tutor Requests and academic coaching can be made by contacting the Palisano Learning Center directly via email: or by phone: (716)827-2425.


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 provides accommodation and placement testing services. All testing is facilitated by request/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 Student Portal at least 5 days prior to the test.


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 be 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 at 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.

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 PLC provides proctored services for all tests.

How to Schedule a Placement 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 Fall 2018 semester:

Schedule My TEAS Test
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

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.


For additional information regarding accommodation and placement testing, please contact Claudia Lesinski at or 716.827.2553.

Other Academic Support Services

The Palisano Learning Center 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 PLC 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 PLC 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 716.827.2425 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 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


Bridget Hodges, M.S.

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 113



John Anderson, DNP, RN. MS

Health Science Academic Support Specialist

Main Campus, Room 116


Claudia Lesinski

Student Service Advisor for Learning Center

Main Campus, Room 111


Katherine Munroe

Academic Coach

Main Campus, Room 113


LeeAnn Speyer

Health Science Academic Support Specialist

Main Campus, Room 116