Tutoring Support

The Center for Academic Success provides tutoring support to Alfred University students in a wide variety of disciplines. Tutors are typically undergraduate or graduate students who have been recommended by faculty members and who have done well in the target course or discipline.

Tutor helping a student

Drop-in Tutoring

Drop-in Tutoring offers regular hours each week, during which students can work through difficult course material, study for exams and get assistance with homework.

Topics Covered

  • Math- 100, 200, and some 300 level courses
  • Chemistry- Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry
  • Physics - Physics I and Physics II
  • Computer Science- Computer Science I, Computer Science II
  • Business- Covers most undergraduate business courses
  • ENGR 104- Computer Aided Engineering

Study Buddies

Peer Study Buddies are available during tutoring times. They can assist students with general tutoring in areas that may not be covered or assist students in building stronger homework habits and studying strategies.

Days Times Location Topics Covered





7:30pm-9:00pm BookEnd Lounge (Herrick Library)
  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • ENGR 104
  • Study Buddy
  • Writing

Jack Castle: Study Buddy

Hello, my name is Jack Castle, and I’d like to share a little bit about myself:

I am starting my second year as a graduate student at Alfred University, where I am studying Material Science and Engineering. Prior to this, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from the College at Brockport State University of New York in May 2021, along with an initial certification to teach chemistry at the high school level (grades 9-12).

My Journey at Alfred University began in May 2018 when I had the opportunity to work as a research assistance for Dr. William Carty and Dr. Hyojin Lee during the university’s summer sessions. Little did I know that this experience would lead me to pursue my master’s degree in material science at AU later down the road. I am grateful for this opportunity to continue my higher education.

During my time at Brockport, I served as a teacher’s lab assistant for organic and inorganic chemistry, and I also provided tutoring for general chemistry. While chemistry is my strong suit, I decided to enhance my skills in other scientific fields by tutoring physics. I believe that supporting others in their studies and sharing knowledge is essential to fostering academic success. As a tutor, I aim to create a safe space where students can freely ask questions, gain confidence in their scientific studies, and improve their problem-solving abilities.

Beyond academics, I have a passion for music. I initiated an open mic/karaoke night that takes place on most Wednesdays throughout the year at a local establishment on main street in Alfred called Alex’s College Spot. Moreover, I am an avid soccer player and participate in a men’s league in Rochester. I am also currently working on building a folk-rock band in the Allegheny/Steuben County area called The Dui Decibel System.

I look forward to connecting with the Alfred University community and aiding in any way I can.

Tutor MontanaMontana Weidman: Study Buddy

Hey! I am a senior majoring in Material Science & Engineering. I love spending time in the lab and being able to work through things hands on. When I don’t have safety glasses on, I’m somewhere in the woods with my dog, on the lake with my kayak, or climbing a mountain. In my time at AU I have been a member of the forest people, the boxing club, the STEP Lab, and a research assistant. You can occasionally catch me around campus with my ukulele, too! As a tutor, I enjoy being able to give back to a program that has gotten me through the toughest classes and meeting new students from all walks of campus.

Abby Gatza: Math TutorTutor Abby

My name is Abby Gatza and I am a junior mechanical engineering student with a mathematics minor. I am from Burlington, ON, Canada and I came to USA for the opportunity to study engineering and play an NCAA sport. I am an infielder and catcher on AU’s softball team. I am also a part of the EV club, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Some fun facts about me are that I have two dogs- Molly and Cinder, played hockey growing up, and my favorite NFL team is the Buffalo Bills. I am a mathematics tutor with CAS and I hope to help students succeed in mathematics here at AU!

Sophia Carretto: Math TutorTutor Sophia

Hi! My name is Sophia and I am currently a senior at Alfred University. My major is glass engineering with a minor in mathematics. Throughout high school and into college, I have always been interested in math and science courses so that is why I went down the engineering path and chose a math minor. I am also a part of Tau Beta Pi, the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary society, the Keramos fraternity, and I was a member of the women’s soccer team for three seasons at Alfred University. I am excited to help out with tutoring this semester!

Billy Moore: Math & Chemistry Tutor

Heather Forster: Organic Chemistry TutorTutor Heather

Hi! My name is Heather Forster and I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry with a concentration in Pre-Dental. I also work as a Resident Assistant as well as the Vice President of the Biology Club here at Alfred. Outside of school I also enjoy skiing, cooking, and watching movies.

Chemistry has been one of my favorite subjects since high school, so I am excited to be tutoring for Organic Chemistry! My time at Alfred has taught me the importance of having good study habits and finding help, so I hope to see you at my tutoring sessions!

Callum Young: Physics Tutor

My name is Callum Young. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with secondary majors in Mathematics and Computer Science. I am from Ithaca, NY but I have deep roots here in Alfred. I love sharing what I know about the University regarding history, curricula, faculty, and resources. While not doing schoolwork, I am involved with student senate, 3D Printing Club, InterVarsity, Cooking Club, Math/CS Club, Extreme Sports Club, Tau Beta Pi, etc. and love taking long walks (though rarely make it to the beach). Come stop in to tutoring!

Ryan Brant: Physics Tutor

Luke-TutorLuke Falk: Computer Science Tutor

Hi! I am a junior majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering. I enjoy coding, playing video games, and playing board games. I'm also the president of the chess club! I chose to be a tutor because helping people understand a problem or subject also strengthens my understanding of it. My favorite part of AU is being able to walk almost anywhere on campus. I look forward to helping with any questions you may have!

Matthew Stoyell: Computer Science I Tutor

Saron Mindaye: Computer Science I TutorTutor Saron

Hello! I'm a first year majoring in Computer Science. I am also an international student from Ethiopia. I chose computer science as my major because I love breaking down problems to their smallest components and going back up to solve them. I chose to be a tutor because I always liked tutoring my friends in high school and in turn gaining a deeper understanding of the subject. I love crafting (crocheting and knitting) and generally wasting my time on YouTube. I used to read at least 4 fiction books per month(classes had kept me busy lately). I am currently trying to learn the piano and would love to try the violin too. My favorite part of Alfred University is the tight-knit community and the sense of belonging it brings.I'm excited to be a tutor and help students become more confident in their coding skills!

Ryan Hughes: Business TutorTutor Ryan

Hello! I am a junior Finance major with minors in Accounting and Economics. I am from Olean, NY. I enjoy golf, watching sports, investing, and reading. Here on campus, I have roles as a Student Ambassador, Residential Assistant, and am the President of the Student Managed Investment Fund.

I am excited to be a tutor and help out my fellow COB peers with some tricky topics!

Wael Salem: ENGR 104 Tutor

Hey there! I'm a sophomore from Harlem, New York, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I've been lucky enough to be a part of some amazing clubs and teams while here at Alfred, including the Saxon Racing Club, the 3-D Printing Club, and the Men's Lacrosse team. Also, I've been able to serve as one of the Resident Assistants at the Pine Hill Suites. I chose AU because of its great engineering programs, beautiful campus, and incredible sense of community and support here. 

I'm excited to start working as a tutor and help students reach their full potential while making studying fun and engaging. 

Sarah Lutkins: MECH 241 TutorTutor Sarah

Hi! I am a senior Ceramic Engineering major with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. I am a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I am also the President of the Society of Women Engineers at Alfred. Aside from the time I spend on academics and athletics, I enjoy crocheting and learning to play the guitar. I have tutoring experience in physics, chemistry, and other specific engineering courses. I enjoy sharing my organization and problem-solving skills with students and I find it very rewarding to see their progress! I am currently available for tutoring in MECH 241.

If you need assistance with a class that is not supported by Supplemental Instruction or one of the Drop-in Tutoring disciplines, please take advantage of the following resources:

  • Visit a Study Buddy during tutoring hours
  • Your instructor's office hours (you can also email your instructor to set up a meeting)
  • Academic Consultation at CAS: set up a meeting with one of our consultants to discuss how to study more effectively, manage your time and tasks more efficiently, reduce test-anxiety, etc.