Assistant Director Barb Zmolek helping a student in the Center for Teaching and Learning at York College

Center for Teaching and Learning

Reaching your academic potential goes beyond studying hard. We’ve got tutors, mentors and resources to enrich your personal development.

We focus entirely on improving your strengths as a student while shoring up your weaknesses with guidance from writing, math, science and other tutoring experts — peer and professional — in a comfortable space. You also get access to study groups, study skills help, review sessions and more. If there’s a way to help you perform better in class, we’ll help you find it.

We even work directly with faculty to ensure they have what they need to support you and teach you in the most effective ways possible, creating engaging experiences that will encourage your success.

Academic Support Services at the center are available to any current student. Check out our resources below, which link to the York College portal.

Enhance your studying skills, get access to subject matter experts, and find new ways to improve your academic performance.
Enhance your studying skills, get access to subject matter experts, and find new ways to improve your academic performance.
York College's Naylor Workshop, a conference for becoming a skilled researcher
This is a perfect opportunity for students of any experience level to grow as skilled researchers. It’s a unique program at York that gets national attention!
The Center for Teaching and Learning supports faculty
Our professors have the opportunity to augment their instructional pedagogies by participating in our Teaching Academy, Learning Communities, retreats and other professional development.
Center for Teaching and Learning tutoring and academic support
You can meet an encouraging, knowledgeable peer or professional staff member, individually, or during drop-in hours. We develop our staff members so they are equipped with the information they need to productively assist you and address the needs of your learning style.

Tutoring Content Areas

  • Writing tutors

    The York College Writing Center

    The YCP Writing Center is staffed by peer writing tutors/fellows, and professional tutors. Our director, Jennifer Follett, is an administrator in the Center for Teaching and Learning who also teaches at York College in the Professional Writing program. 

    The Writing Center is located in HUM19. Check our schedule for tutor availability!

  • Math tutoring

    Need math assistance?

    We have expert math tutors who can help you prepare for an upcoming exam, understand concepts, or give you guidance to help take your math grade to the next level. The CTL provides math assistance for students taking MAT102, Preliminary Math, through MAT172, Calculus II.

    CTL math tutors are professionals and students who are well qualified to answer math questions and teach problem solving skills. The goal of any CTL math tutor is to increase a student's confidence and ability to succeed in their YCP math course.

    Interested in being a CTL math tutor?

    Students who want to tutor mathematics in the CTL need a recommendation from a professor with whom they've taken a YCP calculus course. Students must also be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.2.

    It’s also strongly recommended that CTL math tutors take the course MAT210, Teaching Basic Math Skills, a 3-credit course offered each spring. This course reviews math content most often tutored in the CTL, and introduces future math teachers to research-based best practices in the field. If a student is unable to fit MAT210 into his or her schedule, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. 

    To be a CTL Math Tutor students must apply for the position of Peer Tutor on the Spartan Career Path

  • Tutoring for your major

    Need a tutor for another subject?

    We offer one-on-one tutoring, study groups, and/or review sessions with select courses. Drop-in hours of peer tutors for a variety of courses are listed in our schedule. Also, students may email a tutor to inquire about meeting. Tutors will meet with students as their time permits.

    Call the CTL at 717.815.1296 for further information.

    Behavioral Sciences -

    •  Select Psychology courses; Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences Stats; Criminal Justice Research Methods

    Biological Sciences -

    • Biology I/II: Genetics; Biostatistics; Micro-Biology; Essentials of A&P; Ecology

    Graham School of Business -

    • Financial, Managerial, and Intermediate I/II Accounting; Business Stats I/II; Managerial Finance I/II; Operations Management

    Hospitality, Recreation, and Sports Management -

    • Managerial Accounting, Finance

    Music, Art, and Communication -

    • Music Theory and Aural Skills courses

    Nursing -

    • Med-Surg; Pharmacology; Research

    Physical Sciences -

    • General Chemistry I/II; Organic Chem I/II; Chem 122/123; Select Physics Courses; Math Methods; Computer Science 101/102

    Many tutors have posted drop-in hours, so students meet with them in the CTL at these regularly scheduled times. Also, students may email a tutor and request a meeting. Tutors will take these appointments as their schedules allow.

    Want to be a content tutor? Great! To be considered for a position as a Content tutor you must have successfully completed the course you wish to tutor and have a recommendation from your professor to tutor that course. In addition, you must apply on the Spartan Career Path.

    Ask professors to send recommendations to Barb Zmolek: or call 717.815.6598.

  • STEM Tutors

    STEM tutors for biology and chemistry

    The Professional STEM Tutor is devoted to student and tutor development in areas of biology and chemistry. That means we're helping you improve your learning while helping tutors and professors with instructional techniques. Goals and responsibilities include:

    • Hosting supplemental, out-of-class, instruction workshops for first-year biology and chemistry courses
    • Attending and assisting the professor during first-year biology and chemistry courses
    • Aiding and instructing peer tutors in tutoring best practices and techniques
    • Assisting communication between students, tutors, and professors

    Out-of-Class Instruction Sessions - to be announced for Fall 2016 semester

  • Academic Transition Coach

    Academic Transition Coach

    You are invited to make appointments to discuss improving your study skills. Learn to create habits to successfully negotiate your academic and personal challenges. Look at how you are spending you time, discuss what your priorities are, and work to master effective study habits. During a consultation, create a plan and then stay in touch with the Academic Transition Coach for support as your academic skills grow. Here is a list of study skills you can explore:

    Time Management:
    Students need to recognize how much time they have, either to waste or to use effectively. During a consultation, students will define realistic time management strategies and map out a personal schedule. It is often a revelation to students that their devotion to Facebook and texting are interfering with their academic success!

    Note Taking:
    Many college students still need to learn how to take effective notes, so they will bring notes from a class to the consultation. Students will review these notes to explore their note taking strategies, and once they identify a pattern, they will learn about the Cornell Method and work to adapt their notes to this model. This allows students to identify main points, connect their own thoughts, and synthesize information from class and the text.

    Test Anxiety:
    Many students suffer from test anxiety and don't even know it. A student who has more than one of the following symptoms before or during an exam, is encouraged to make an appointment: Feeling restless; being on edge or ramped up; feeling angry or irritable; procrastinating; experiencing a fear of failure; easily distracted; having difficulty with concentrating and/or feeling as though their mind goes blank. Students will hear about ways to manage these symptoms so they can become successful test takers.

    Test Taking Strategies:
    Some students struggle with exams, but feel as though they studied well. Students who feel this way are encouraged to come and talk about some simple strategies that can put them at ease while testing.

    Comprehension Strategies:
    Some students have difficulty reading text books. There are several strategies that will help them remember information and develop the ability to comprehend college-level material. Students can learn about these and practice them with their own course content during a consultation.

    Text Book Reading:
    Have you ever heard of SQR4? If not, make an appointment to discover an efficient and effective strategy for reading your text books.

    Want more tips and strategies? Download our Academic Transition Tips!

    Students can meet with the Academic Transition Coach one-on-one by appointment. Be sure to click on the correct date before saving your appointment time.

    Call the CTL at 815-1296 for more information about this academic service.

Contact Us
Center for Teaching and Learning
Cynthia Crimmins, MS Ed
Humanities Center, Room 13
Phone: 717.815.1216
Hours Mondays - Thursdays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. - 11:30a.m.

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