Tutoring/Coaching

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

Spring 2020 Tutoring/Coaching Schedule

Peer Tutor/Coach

Tutor Availability Subject(s)
Charles

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
08:00am-11:50am

BLPR 22
ENGLISH 100
FAMR 100
MATH 50, 150
All Welding Classes
ALL COACHING SKILLS
Makanani

Monday
12:00-4:00pm

Wednesday

9:00am-4:30pm

Friday
9:00am-4:30pm

AJ 101
ART 101
ENGLISH 100
HAW 101, 201, 202, 301
HIST 151
MATH 75X, 103, 135
MUS 106
POLS 130
PHIL 100
PSY 100, 225, 240, 280, 212, 230
WS 151

Staff Tutor/Coach

Tutor Availability Subject(s)
David

Monday through Friday
9:00am-4:00pm

English
Writing
Basic Math
Psychology
ALL COACHING SKILLS
Jolene Monday through Friday
9:00am-4:00pm
English
Speech 151
Writing
Basic Math
ALL COACHING SKILLS
JoAnn Monday through Friday
9:00am-4:00pm
BIOL 101
ENGLISH 100
HWST 107, 27
REL 150
Social Work Courses
SP 151
WS 151
ALL COACHING SKILLS

Coach

Tutor Availability Subject(s)
Chris

Tuesday & Thursday
8:00am-11:00am

Friday
On call

ALL COACHING SKILLS
Karen

Monday
8:00am-12:30pm

Tuesday
12:00pm-4:30pm

Wednesday
9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday
11:30am-4:30pm

ALL COACHING SKILLS
Kristie

Monday
1:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday
1:00pm-4:30pm

Wednesday
1:00pm-3:00pm

Thursday
1:00pm-3:30pm

Friday
11:00am-2:45pm

ALL COACHING SKILLS
Presley Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00am-9:45am
ALL COACHING SKILLS

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.

Coaching Services

All peer tutor/coach & coaches will be able to assist you with the following:

  • Peer Coaching/Mentoring
  • Connect You To Campus Resources
  • Registering for Classes
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Computer Resources
    (including password retrieval, organizing email, general tech help, online forms and forms)
  • Utilization of MyUH Services, STAR, Laulima
  • Study Skills
  • Note Taking & Organization
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • FAFSA Guidance
  • Goal Setting

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

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Aloha, everyone, my name is Karen Jones. After many years of raising my family on the island of Maui, I am back in school. I am a non-traditional student here at Honolulu Community College and currently working towards my associate's degree in Liberal Arts. Additionally, I am also working towards earning my certification in COSAC Substance Abuse Counseling. I started school using the services at TRIO-SSS from day one. I give credit to the TRIO-SSS program and the TRIO-SSS staff in helping me succeed in all my studies and more. I started as a student office assistance last year and am now working as a peer coach. I will do my best to help you with what you need so you can also succeed in your college journey. If I am not able to assist you I will help you find the person that can. No matter what we are here to assist you to become the best student you can be. We have a lot of fun and laughter while we are supporting you. Never feel afraid to ask for help; that is what we are about!

Chris T. Lualemaga

Chris T. Lualemaga

ALOFA LAVA, My name is Chris T. Lualemaga and I'm a Peer Coach here at TRIO-SSS. I am currently in the Liberal Arts program. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 and will be pursuing my BA in Public Health at The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I am a Uber and Lyft driver and also a full time father of two. I'm an outgoing, fun per person and willing to help you on your education journey. I look forward to helping you as best as I can.

 
Presley Penaroza

Presley Penaroza

Hello, my name is Presley Penaroza, and I am a Peer Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I am currently pursuing my associate's degree in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning technology (RAC) here at Honolulu Community College. I am very friendly and enjoy helping students in any way that I can. Therefore, if you need any support, or just need someone to talk to, feel free to come in and see me. I am a pretty laid back individual, and in my spare time enjoy playing video games, fishing, and hanging out with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you all.

Makanani Pili

Makanani Pili

Aloha, my name is Makanani (but you can call me Maks) and I am a Peer Tutor/Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I was born and raised in Kalihi and enjoy bullet journaling which has helped me to stay organized and prepared. I also like to spend time outdoors to unwind whether it be fishing, hiking, or just going for a walk. I earned my associate's degree from HCC in Liberal Arts and currently enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa working towards a Bachelor's in Psychology. Helping people is important to me, so please feel free to come over to TRIO-SSS if you need anything. I look forward to helping you through my experiences and support.

 
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.

Soane Tuihalafatai

Soane Tuihalafatai

Mālō e lelei everybody my name is Soane Tuihalafatai. I am on the Student Office Assistant’s for the TRIO-SSS Program and I am currently working on getting my Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to helping you in the TRIO-SSS Program.

 
Jennalyn Waialae

Jennalyn Waialae

Aloha my name is Jennalynn Waialae and I am a student office assistant in the TRIO-SSS program. Currently I am working toward earning my associate's degree in Liberal Arts and would love to one day find employment counseling individuals in the field of social work and humans services. If you need support, please do not hesitate to stop by the TRIO-SSS program.