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 2019 Tutoring/Coaching Schedule

Tutor Availability Subject(s)



FAMR 100
MATH 50, 150
All Welding Classes
Jo Ann

Monday & Tuesday


ASAN 100
ASAN 242
BIOL 101
HWST 107
HWST 270
PHIL 110
POLS 110
REL 150
SP 151
SW 200
WS 151
SW 402, 440, 491

Tuesday & Thursday

ART 101
AMST 318
ASTR 110
BIOL 100
COM 201
ENGLISH 100, 257C
ES 360
FAMR 133, 296
JPN 101
MATH 106
MUS 106
PHIL 100,110
REL 150
ZOO 101
Presley Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

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

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.

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Aloha everyone, my name is Karen Jones and I am a student office assistant here at the TRIO-SSS program. After many years off raising my family, I returned to school as a nontraditional student to pursue an associate's degree in Liberal Arts and I am also working towards attaining my certification to be a substance abuse counselor through the CSAC program. I am a proud member the TRIO-SSS program, TRIO-SSS has been a big part of my success here at HCC, and I am excited to be working with all of you.

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.

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.

Jo Ann Tuifanu

Jo Ann Tuifanu

Aloha. My name is Jo Ann Tuifanu. I am a Liberal Arts graduate of Honolulu Community College. Currently, at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa working towards my Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work. After graduation, I plan to continue on to acquire my Masters in the Social Work program. I enjoy participating on malama ʻaina events, learning about my culture, and meeting new people. I've been part of the TRIO-SSS program since the beginning of my college journey. This program has helped and continues to offer 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!