Academic Success Center

    The College’s Academic Success Center (ASC) was developed to provide academic support to enhance student success in the various programs offered by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Tutoring services are provided for discipline specific courses that may not be available through the services provided by University Learning Commons.  Academic support is made available in the College’s Sr. Jane Durgin Pharmacy Health Center (St. Augustine Hall, Room B49) or virtually in an inviting and collaborative environment that encourages, promotes, and fosters independent learning skills. 

    The center provides group and individualized tutoring for a variety of professional courses within the professional curricula of the College.  These may include, but are not limited to:

    • Biopharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Biopharmaceutics
    • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
    • Drugs and Diseases/Disease State Management
    • Extemporaneous Compounding
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Pharmaceutics
    • Pharmacology
    • Clinical Medicine

    The Academic Success Center is staffed with peer tutors serving as Doctoral Fellows or Teaching Assistants who are familiar with the subject matter to be reviewed.  All tutors have demonstrated overall academic excellence as well as a proficiency in the discipline being supported. 

    Please e-mail the tutors directly  to arrange a tutoring session at least 24 hours before the desired appointment. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

     

    Additional Information

    The Academic Success Center provides workshops on an array of topics to ensure student success during the academic year. Below is a list of the workshops being offered during the Fall 2022 semester. If you have a suggested topic or question, please email etzelj@stjohns.edu. Workshops accommodate up to 30 students and will be via WebEx.  

    Workshops accommodate up to 30 students and will be offered either in person and remotely via WebEx.

    Workshop 1: Effective Note-Taking Strategies

    Effective note-taking is an integral component to succeeding in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Learn how to improve upon typical note-taking habits (i.e., the typical method consisting of attending class, listening to the professor, and writing as much as possible). A variety of note-taking styles will be discussed that you can incorporate into your current classes—which will lead to improved understanding of content and better performance on exams.

    September 15th- 6pm 
    Sciarra Room (G21), Subbasement 
    St. Albert Hall

    October 26th- 6pm

    Workshop 2: Time Management

    Learn and discuss methods to overcome intimidation and stop procrastinating—so you can tackle your challenging academic obligations. Examine your time management skills, and work to develop an individualized schedule that can help you prioritize—and follow through—on academic, work, and personal obligations.

    September 21st- 6pm
    Sciarra Room (G21), Subbasement 
    St. Albert Hall

    October 19th- 6pm
     

    Workshop 3: Test Taking Skills 

    September 28th- 6pm
    Sciarra Room (G21), Subbasement 
    St. Albert Hall

    Workshop 4: Improving Memory and Retention

    October 5th - 6pm

    Workshop 5: Stress Management 

    October 12th- 6pm

     

    TUTORS FOR FALL 2022 SEMESTER

    Dhwani Mehta, PhD Candidate

    Courses:  Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, related laboratories

    Tutoring by appointment:  Dhwani.mehta18@stjohns.edu

     

    Anika Alam, MS PA Candidate  (Tutoring for the Physician Assistant Program)

    Tutoring by appointment: Anika.alam20@stjohns.edu

     

    Mohamed Heikal, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment:  mohamed.heikal17@stjohns.edu

    Wednesday and Thursday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Saturday:  10 am – 4 pm

     

    Krishna Tamakuwala, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment:  Krishna.tamakuwala17@stjohns.edu

    Wednesday and Thursday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Saturday:  10 am – 4 pm

     

    Vijai Ramsewak, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment:   vijai.ramsewak17@stjohns.edu

    Tuesday and Wednesday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Sunday:  10 am – 4 pm

     

    Muatasem Jaser, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment:   muatasem.jaser17@stjohns.edu

    Monday and Tuesday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Sunday:  10 am – 4 pm

     

    Aamir Dave, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment:   aamir.dave17@stjohns.edu

    Wednesday and Thursday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Sunday:  10 am – 4 pm

     

    Ashley Joe Paily, PharmD Candidate

    Courses:  All courses in the pharmacy program, chemistry, biochemistry

    Tutoring by appointment: Ashley.paily17@stjohns.edu 

    Monday and Tuesday:  6 pm to 9:30 pm

    Saturday:  10 am – 4 pm

     



     

    The peer tutors employed by the College are knowledgeable, approachable, patient, empathetic, and are held to a high standard regarding confidentiality.  They are available to help students understand their course material, to answer questions regarding the subject being studied, and may offer tips and suggestions for studying, learning, and preparing for examinations.  To maximize your experience during the tutoring session, we ask that you follow these tips:

    Come Prepared

    • Please bring all relevant course materials (notes, handouts, texts) to the tutoring session;
    • Have specific concepts and/or questions for the tutor (rather than saying “I don’t understand anything” or “teach me medicinal chemistry”, etc.)
    • Attempt to complete the assigned reading, homework, and/or recitation problems before the tutoring session
    • Make an effort to first address your questions or problems with your professor during his or her office hours prior to your tutoring session

    Actively Participate in the Tutoring Session

    • Ask the tutor to explain not only the answer to your questions but also how they derived at the answer, if appropriate (calculations or problem solving questions)
    • Ask the tutor to review a concept again if you did not fully understand their explanation or if the tutor is progressing through the work too rapidly
    • Summarize your understanding of the material (“teach back”) prior to the conclusion of the tutoring session
    • Review the material that was reviewed on your own shortly after your tutoring session to ensure your understanding and the reinforce your knowledge of the material
    • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the subject matter, schedule an appointment as soon as possible rather than wait until shortly before an examination
    • Attend all classes and attempt to complete all homework and/or recitation assignments prior to their established deadlines
    • Do not expect the tutor to do your assignments for you; they should assist you in the approach to the problems but the completion of the assignment is the responsibility of the student

    The National Tutoring Association is dedicated to providing its members with opportunities to achieve and maintain high professional standards for tutors and administrators of tutoring programs and services

    1. I understand that my role as a tutor is never to do the student’s work for him or her.
    2. I will give honest feedback to the student I serve and will not insult my student with false hope or empty flattery; I will always demonstrate faith in my student’s learning abilities.
    3. I understand that my relationship to the student is professional and not personal.
    4. I will show respect for my student’s cultural background and personal value system.
    5. I recognize that I may not have all the answers to student questions.  In this event, I will seek assistance in finding answers to the student’s questions and/or direct the student to an appropriate resource for the information.
    6. I will maintain accurate records of tutoring sessions as expected and required.
    7. I will respect my student’s personal dignity at all times.
    8. I will be on time for tutoring appointments, not only out of courtesy, but to be a good example for my student to follow.
    9. I will keep all information about the student whom I am assigned confidential.
    10. I understand that my ultimate goal is to assist my student in learning how he or she best learns and to help my student develop the skills to achieve his or her best, most efficient lrearning.
    11. I will share any concerns I have with my supervisor.
    12. I expect to learn along with my student.
    13. I will keep current in both my subject area(s) and learning methodologies.
    14. I will remain flexible to my approach to student learning, respectful of the various learning styles.
    15. I will s hare techniques for improved study skills with my students.

    The National Tutoring Association Tutor Code of Ethics is copyrighted by the National Tutoring Association, all rights reserved 2003.  The National tutoring Association Code of Ethics may be reprinted with acknowledgement to the National Tutoring Association who owns all rights.