Three Pace University students at the Kessel Student Center in Pleasantville, New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is The Learning Commons located?

*Please note that this semester there are no walk-in services. You should only come to the Learning Commons if you have an appointment.*

  • New York City: Content tutoring will be provided at 163 William Street, on the 17th Floor from Monday to Wednesday and in room E201 on the second floor of the library on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Some special services are conducted at other campus locations. These will be announced.
  • New York City: Writing Services are located in room Y25 from Monday through Friday and in room E201 located on the second floor of the library on Sunday.
  • Pleasantville: All services are located on the third floor of the Mortola Library.

Do I need an appointment for tutoring?
No, the Learning Commons is mainly a drop-in service. If you desire online support appointments are required.

What is TutorTrac and why should I use it?
TutorTrac is our system to provide you with information regarding who and what tutors are on duty, to view your previous sessions, to view your course schedule and to make appointments. Our website outlines more information regarding how to use TutorTrac.

Does the service cost me anything?
No! The service is free of charge and open to all currently enrolled Pace University students.

Is the time limit for a tutoring session?
No, but to ensure the best success we suggest sessions no longer than 90 minutes.

When is the Commons open?
The Learning Commons is open for drop-in tutoring during the following hours:

  • New York City
    • Sunday: 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m
    • Monday through Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Pleasantville
    • Sundays: 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
    • Monday through Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Will there always be tutors available for my particular course?
Not necessarily. Please visit TutorTrac to view the schedule of content tutors.

Will I always be tutored one-on-one?
The availability of one-on-one tutoring depends upon how many other students need tutoring. It is possible that there will be other students that will also need help.

What should I have for any session with the Learning Commons (virtual or in-person)?
Spend a bit of time preparing for a tutoring session so you are ready to tell the tutor what you hope to accomplish during the session. It is important that you have all the content from your class, including homework, notes, classwork, textbooks, and other course materials at hand at the start of your session. For Writing Support Services make sure to bring the assignment sheet; you don't necessarily have to have part of the paper written as we can help you get started. You should be ready to discuss your questions and goals with the tutor at the start of your session.

Can I or my professors see my tutoring visits?
Yes. All students, tutors and instructors can access their particular visits log through TutorTrac.

What subjects do you support?
We support many subjects; including accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, mathematics, and psychology. Note: we do not support every course within these subjects. Please visit TutorTrac to determine if we support your course.

Do you have textbooks available?
Yes, we provide textbooks for use while in the Learning Commons.

Will you proofread my paper for me?

The ultimate goal is for you to become a better writer. If we merely marked your mistakes, you wouldn't learn much form the session. The paper is yours, and should be written by you, not by a writing tutor. However, what we will do is talk about your writing with you, make suggestions, and explain why we made those suggestions. Make changes is your decision.

How do I contact the Learning Commons?

New York City
Phone: (212) 346-1329
Email: Learning Commons_NYC@pace.edu

Pleasantville
Phone: (914) 773-3721
Email: Learning Commons_PLV@pace.edu