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Tutoring & Support

Lesley offers peer and online tutoring to students through the Center for Academic Achievement. We support all students enrolled in degree granting programs, including students with learning differences and students whose first language is other than English.

Our on-site peer tutors can work with you one-on-one as we exchange ideas and feedback, explore your learning style, and help you develop new skills. You can focus on course topics, long-term projects, writing, reading comprehension, research, brainstorming, or time management. Our Supplemental Instruction Leaders and group tutors engage in group sessions to support your engagement and class success. In group sessions we focus on difficult class topics, preparing for tests, long-term projects and peer engagement. Brainfuse online tutoring allows you to contact a content or writing tutor at any time.

Our Mission

Central to our mission is the belief that students have diverse ways of learning related to their cognitive, experiential, and cultural differences.

We provide support to students in their academic requirements and assist them in becoming more independent and successful learners, equipped with knowledge of their abilities so as to gain a deeper educational experience.


 On-Campus Tutoring

Our peer tutoring is collaborative. Peer tutors will help you with brainstorming, exploring a topic, organizing papers or projects, strengthening your writing, research, test preparation, time management, and course content and concepts. They can guide you through editing your work.
While nearly everyone can benefit from tutorials, you might be particularly interested if you are:

  • Submitting passing work, but not meeting your full potential
  • High-achieving, but interested in personalized feedback
  • Taking too much time to complete work
  • Eager to improve your writing
  • Frustrated with reading material
  • Facing an academic challenge
  • Have a documented learning difference


  • Appointments are 50-minutes long, with a maximum of 2 appointments per week
  • Cancellations need at least 24-hour notice
  • Plan ahead! Use your syllabi to determine when you may need assistance, and book your appointments early
  • Papers must be downloaded through email, not brought in on USB drives
  • Know what you can cover in one session
  • Bring your assignments, books, and notes with you
  • You may need several sessions with a tutor for each assignment

Online Tutoring

All students enrolled at Lesley University may take advantage of our online tutoring service.

Disability Support Services

The Center also includes the LD/ADD Academic Support Program and Disability and Access Services.


The use of the Center for Academic Achievement is confidential, unless you have given permission to share information.

Services for faculty and staff

To best assist student success, we also offer services and information to faculty and staff in degree-granting programs. Some resources available are on the following topics:

  • Multilingual students, English Language Learners
  • Testing accommodations, alternative testing
  • Designing and responding to student assignments

Center for Academic Achievement staff

  • Kaitlyn Scrivano, Office Manager
  • Dr. Daniel Newman, Executive Director, Disability Support Services (Deputy ADA/504 Coordinator)
  • Kimberly Johnson, Director, LD/ADD Academic Support Program
  • Katy Hartnett, Learning Disability Specialist
  • Sonam Shankar, Learning Disability Specialist
  • Holly Aldrich, Assistant Director, Disability & Access Services
  • Dawn Pulley, Disability Access Specialist

We welcome questions, and invite suggestions as we continue to develop these services.

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