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Assistance & Tutoring

Tutoring Services

The Kinkel Center for Academic Resources, located on the second floor of the Fontbonne University Library, offers tutoring in most academic subjects for Fontbonne University students. Assistance is available by appointment with:

Cathy Ahillen, MAT, Math Specialist

Peggy Muldoon, MA, Writing/Communication Specialist

Paul Nieman, MBA, Business Specialist

Teresa Sweeney, MFA, Writing Specialist

Tutoring in other subjects is available as well. All tutoring is offered at no charge. Each Fontbonne University student can access two hours of tutoring per week per subject. Please apply for a tutor as early as possible in the semester to allow enough time for a tutor to be found for all other subjects, including Computer Science, History, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology or Religion.

To request a tutor for the above subjects, download the Tutor Request Form.
To apply to be a tutor for the above subjects, download the Tutor Application Form.

Writing Assistance

The Kinkel Center for Academic Resources has two professional Writing Specialists on staff  to assist Fontbonne University students during face to face tutoring appointments and through an online writing service.  Writing Specialists can assist students during all phases of the writing process - from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. 

During a tutoring appointment, a Writing Specialist will ask the student to explain the assignment and to provide guidelines (if available) for the assignment.  The specialist will then review and comment on the paper, generally identifying Higher Order Concerns (HOCS) such as organization, clarity, and focus, followed by Lower Order Concerns (LOCS) such as grammar, punctuation, or usage errors.  It is important to understand that Writing Specialists are not editors, but tutors, who will engage students in a conversation about their papers and attempt to guide students to effective writing.  However, as authors, students are ultimately responsible for the written work.

You can schedule a face to face appointment at the Clayton campus online

To submit a paper to the online writing service, email paper as a Word document to writing@fontbonne.edu. Please inlude a description of the assignment, the instructor's name, and your student ID number.  Your paper will be reviewed within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Math Assistance

For math assistance in the Kinkel Center for Academic Resources, contact Cathy Ahillen at (314) 889-4571 or (314) 719-8085.  Math tutor appointments can also be made online.  Math questions can be submitted by emailing cahillen@fontbonne.edu

The math specialist cannot help students solve specific problems given as homework or as part of a take-home test.

Presentation Assistance

Assistance with oral presentations is provided by Peggy Muldoon in the Kinkel Center for Academic Resources by appointment.  

Make an online appointment or call (314) 889-4725.

Business Assistance

Paul Nieman is the Business Specialist.

Paul is available on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Make an online Appointment or call (314) 889-4571.