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 2018 Tutoring Schedule
Monday & Wednesday
MATH 50, 150
WELD 22, 52, 54, 56, 58
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
ENGLISH Pre-College level, 100
MATH 75X, 103, 135
PSY 100, 240, 212, 230, 325
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
ENGLISH Pre-college level, 100
Monday and Wednesday
ECED 105, 110, 115, 131, 140, 151, 170, 191, 245, 263, 264, 296C, 296P
ENGLISH Pre-college level, 100, 210
ESL 23, 24
MATH 75X, 103
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.
Spring 2018 Coach Schedule
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Registering for Classes
Note Taking & Organizing
Test Taking Strategies
Monday & Wednesday
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
Rananim, my name is Myreen Katsuta, and I am from Chuuk, Micronesia. I am a Peer Coach for the TRIO-SSS program and working towards earning my Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts here at Honolulu Community College. I became a Peer Coach, because the TRIO program has been very influential to my education endeavors. I have benefitted from the support of TRIO and would love to extend my experiences to helping other participants. Please do not hesitate to stop and let me know how I can be of assistance. I look forward to meeting you all and seeing the positive changes on your educational journey.
Talofa Lava everyone, my name is Chris Taagamanu Lualemaga. I am TRIO's student office assistant. I am currently in my second semester back from a long summer break and working towards attaining my Associate's degree in Liberal Arts. Upon graduating from HCC, I plan on transferring to UH Mānoa where I intend on earning a Bachelor of Science degree, with goals of one day attending the John A. Burn School of Medicine. I am a happy husband and a proud father to my little girl by, Ayva. Some of my hobbies include going to the beach with friends and families, playing basketball, baking and watching NFL games. I'm very excited to meet you all. The TRIO program is a great place to meet and make new friends that will help you on your academic journey and look forward to seeing you in TRIO.
Aloha, my name is Makanani (but you can call me Maks if you want) and I am a Peer Tutor/Coach at the TRIO-SSS center. I was born and raised in Kalihi but currently reside in Kaneʻohe. I 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 have earned my Associate's degree Liberal Arts from HCC and currently working towards attaining my Bacalaureatte degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. 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.
Hey. My name is Joseph Pelesasa but you can call me Joe. I am a Peer Tutor/Coach for the TRIO-SSS program. I am currently pursuing an Associate's degree in Administrative Justice here at Honolulu Community College with plans on earning my bachelor's and advanced degrees in Criminal Justice. I am and outgoing, friendly and funny person. I like to joke around with everyone so that the mood in the room is not awkward. If you need assistance in your studies, or just want to hang out and talk story you can find me in the TRIO office. I encourage each and every one of you to utilize the TRIO program as they have supported my academic and career journey. So come on down and allow us to help you. I look forward to meeting you!