Through faculty and staff referrals, each of our Peer tutors/coaches have been interviewed and selected by the TRIO-SSS professional staff. In addition, they have been trained and have been found competent to provide effective assistance to our program participants.

The Tutoring/Coaching Program has been designed to, guide and assist students with a particular subject or field of study, provide on going support, advice and encouragement, and share experiences that will assist students in their overall development. This service represents an important form of instruction that impacts students who are not only struggling with the academic and personal demands of college but to also encourage students to maintain, and stay on top of the demands to ensure good academic standings.

Furthermore, one of our greatest goals is to help students become independent learners. Our Peer Tutors are, not an information or answer dispenser. Students need to understand and be reminded that they are responsible for their own learning. It is the student’s responsibility to attend classes regularly, do the assigned work, projects, and readings.

These services are available during the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions during TRIO-SSS normal working hours:

Monday through Friday (8:00 AM - 4:30PM)
Except for Weekends, Institutional Holidays, and Winter Break

Fall 2017 Tutoring Schedule

Tutor Availability Subject(s)

Monday 1:00pm-4:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm

ENGLISH Pre-College, 100, 209
CHEM 105
ICS 100
OESM 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 200, 210

Monday & Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday 12:30pm-4:30pm

Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm

Friday 12:30pm-4:30pm

ENG Pre-college level, 100
FAMR 100, 133, 230
GG 103, 101L
HAW 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 152
HWST 105, 205E
PHIL 110
POLS 110
REL 150
SP 151
WS 151

Monday and Wednesday 12:00pm – 4:30pm

ART 101
BIOL 100
ECED 105, 110, 115, 131, 140, 151, 170, 191, 245, 264
ENG Pre-college level, 100, 210
ESL 23, 24
MATH 75X, 103
SOC 100
SP 151
HIST 152
HWST 107
SW 200


Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm

Friday 2:00pm-4:30pm

ANTH 200
ENGLISH Pre-College, 100, 209
FAMR 230
HIST 151, 152
MATH 75X, 103, 115, 134, 161
MICR 130
MUSIC 107, 253
PSY 100
ZOOL 240, 241

Availability: Schedules vary for each tutor, please stop by the TRIO-SSS office to view tutoring schedules and/or make an appointment.

If there is a particular subject that you need tutoring in that we currently do not offer, you can fill out a tutor request form, and we will do our best to provide you with a tutor who specializes in your particular subject.

Fall 2017 Coach Schedule

Coach Availability Coach Skills

Monday & Wednesday 12:30 am – 2:30pm

Friday 10:00am-2:30pm

Scholarship Assistance

Registering for Classes

Computer Resources
(including password retrieval, organizing email, general tech help, online forms and forums)

Study Skills

Note Taking & Organizing

Test Taking Strategies

FAFSA Guidance

Goal Setting

Campus Resources

Peer Coach/Mentor


Monday 1:00pm-4:30pm

Thursday & Friday 8:00am-12:00pm


Monday & Wednesday 10:00am-4:30pm

Friday 8:00am-4:30pm


Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Learning Style Inventory

This online guide is designed to help you become a more successful student. It includes a Learning Style Survey that will help you identify your learning style. It also includes learning strategies that will help you study in a productive manner, one that matches your unique learning style.

Meet our Peer Tutoring and Peer Coaching Staff

Charles Santiago

Charles Santiago

Hello, my name is Charles Santiago, and I am a Peer Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I am currently a student at Honolulu Community College, and pursuing my associates' degree in welding technology. I am very friendly and I enjoy helping students any way that I can. Therefore, if you need any support, don't hesitate to come and see me. If you just want someone to talk to that's cool too. I like to live an active life style, and my hobbies include fishing, dirt bike riding, and exercising. I look forward to meeting all of you.

Yingyin Yang

Yingyin Yang

Hi there, my name is Yingyin Yang, but you can call me Winnie because it sounds like my real name in Cantonese. I am from China, and I have been living here for two years. I am a current student at Honolulu Community College majoring in Early Childhood Education. I like children, and I like to spend time with them. Therefore, my goal is to graduate from HCC, I will transfer to UH Manoa to obtain a Bachelor's Degree at Early Childhood Education. In my free time, I like to stay at home, listen to music and read books. Sometimes, I hang out with my friends and eat some delicious food. I am looking toward to meeting you!

Jo Ann Tuifanu

Jo Ann Tuifanu

Aloha, My name is Jo Ann Tuifanu. This Fall semester, I will be completing my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and beginning my Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work at University of Manoa. I enjoy participating on Malama Aina events, learning about my culture, and meeting new people. I have been part of TRIO-SSS program since the beginning of my college journey. This program has helped and continues to provide unconditional support so that I can attain my overall academic goals. I know how important it is to stay connected, so please come on in and learn how TRIO-SSS can support your academic endeavors. See you soon!

Genevieve Avilla

Genevieve Avilla

Hi my name is Genevieve Avilla, I am a Peer Tutor/Coach for the TRIO-SSS program at Honolulu Community College. I am currently working towards attaining my Associate's Degree in Science, in the Occupational Environmental Safety Management Program. Most times you can find me on campus and during my free time I enjoy coordinating events with my church as an Activity team leader, being a supportive mother as well as a wife. I am excited to be a part of the TRIO-SSS Peer Tutor/Coach team and I am looking forward to meeting you.

Tahlia Kishimoto

Tahlia Kishimoto

Aloha, my name is Tahlia Kishimoto. I am TRIO's office assistant. This is currently my third year attending Honolulu Community College. I am majoring in Liberal Arts. In my spare time, I enjoy tutoring kids at Kalihi-Kai and spending time with my son. I am excited to meeting new people and obtaining new skills here at TRIO!

Shyia Castillo

Shyia Castillo

Aloha, my name is Shyia Castillo. I am a Peer Tutor/Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I am a non-traditional student managing four young children, a catering business, while attending school full-time. I will be completing my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts here at Honolulu Community College and will begin my Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work at University of Manoa. I am excited to share my knowledge, resources and positive vibes with you so come stop by and say hi!

Jennifer Kuliikuli

Jennifer Keliikuli

Hi! My name is Jennifer Keliikuli and I am a Senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I will be graduating with my Bachelors in Public Health in December, Fall 2017. I will be applying to the GEPN (Graduate Entry Program in Nursing) Program and the ND (Naturopathic Doctor) Program. I graduated from Heald Business College with an Associates in Science in Medical Assisting and I graduated from Leeward Community College (LCC) with my Associates in Liberal Arts, where I was on the pre-nursing track. Since being enrolled at UHM, I have been involved with the SSS (Student Support Services) Program, which has been a vital component in helping and aiding me in support and success in every aspect. As a full-time student and a mother of five, I am able to help and provide you with a broad spectrum of tutoring, mentoring, and friendship. I can share with you the tools to help and guide you to success! I am super excited and one like no other...I am ecstatic to meet you all and look forward to working with you!

Kelsey David

Kelsey David

Hiya! My name is Kelsey David, and I'm currently finishing up my Associates' Degree here at HCC. I'm stoked to say that come Spring 2018, I'll be transferring to UH Manoa, where I will be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Aside from going to school, I also very much enjoy painting, running around with my dog, and spending time with my family. But ultimately, I'm happiest when I know I'm doing anything and everything I can to better myself as a person. Which goes to say that as a part of the TRIO-SSS team, I'm more than ecstatic to offer you as much guidance as I can. I know how important it is to be in an academic environment that also supports moral courage, so if you're ever in need of any assistance, you are more than welcome to come by and say hello.

Jessicah Hokoana

Jessicah Hokoana

Aloha, My name is Jessicah Hokoana, I am a Peer Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I am currently working towards my Associate’s Degree of Science in Aeronautics and when I am not working at TRIO you can find me working at Aloha Air Cargo as a Supply Clerk. In my free time, I enjoy spending it with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your academic journey.