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Through faculty and staff referrals, each of our tutors/mentors 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/Mentoring 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 (8:30 AM - 4:30PM)
Except for Weekends, Institutional Holidays, and Winter Break

Summer 2014 Services


Summer Session 2


MATH 9, 24, 25, 50, 53, 100, 135, 103, 140, 205, 206
CENT 110, 130, 131, 140, 228, 231, 240, 270, 280, 285, 293V, 310, 315, 399V, 410
ICS 111
PUBA 341
SSCI 301
BUS 341
PUBA 302

Summer Session 2


HIST 151, 152
MATH 9, 24, 25, 50, 53, 100, 103, 135, 140, 205
SP 151, 251
CHEM 161, 161L, 162
HWST 107
FSHN 185
ICS 100

Summer Session 1


Summer Session 2


ENG 18, 19, 22, 100
POLS 120
SOC 214
SP 151
SOSE 21, 51, 55, 91v, 270
KLS 195
PHIL 110
FAMR 100, 141, 296

Summer Session 2


MATH 9, 24, 25, 100, 103
ENG 18, 19, 22, 100
GEOG 101
SOC 231
SP 151
HWST 107
ICS 100
PSY 100
REL 151

Summer Session 2


ENG 18, 19, 22, 100
MATH 9, 24, 25, 50, 53, 100, 103
ICS 100
CENT 110, 130, 131, 140, 280
HIST 151
FAMR 100
JPN 101, 102
PHYS 105

Summer Session 2


MATH 9, 24, 25, 100, 103, 135, 140, 205
ART 101
ENG 18, 19, 22, 100
HIST 151
HWST 107

Summer Session 1 and 2


HIST 151, 152
MATH 9, 24, 25, 50, 53, 100, 103, 135, 140, 205, 206, 243
OCN 201, PSY 100, ZOOL 200, FSHN 185
SP 151, 255

Where: TRIO-SSS Room: Building 3 (Located between the Essentials Curriculum Complex & Autobody)

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.

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 & Mentoring Staff

Jiangli Guo

Hello! My name is Jiangli Guo. Three years ago I came to Hawaiʻi from China. Currently I am a Tutor/Mentor at TRIO-SSS and majoring in Liberal Arts at Honolulu CC. After graduating from Honolulu CC, my hope is to receive a Baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering at UH Mānoa. Besides school, I like to spend my free time with my family. I have a two year old son whom I cherish dearly. We enjoy hiking, playing basketball, visiting the Honolulu Zoo, going to the beach and spending quality time with his great-grandma. If you need help with your academics, please do not hesitate to ask for my help. I look forward to seeing you folks at the TRIO-SSS office!

Travis Nakaji

Hi everyone, I'm Travis Nakaji. Currently I'm in my 4th semester here at Honolulu CC and majoring in CENT. After graduating from Honolulu CC, I plan to get a BAS at UH West Oʻahu and hopefully get a job in the government doing network / network security. I am really excited to be a part of TRIO-SSS and help anyone that needs assistance in math. I really enjoy math and computer repair so if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask for my help! See you all around on campus!


Jose McDermott

HAFA ADAI! My name is Jose McDermott. I was born and raised in Guam. I recently moved to Oahu in January 2013. I enjoy taking part in outdoor activities such as body-boarding and looking at different types of plants. I am currently a student at HCC and majoring in Computing Electronics Networking and Technology (CENT). I find that I am attracted to this field because we use so much technology nowadays and technology is responsible for so many changes in our lives. After achieving my AS degree in CENT, I plan on transferring to UH West Oahu and major in the Information Security Assurance Program. If all goes well with my schooling, I look forward to being a successful Systems Administrator.

Telbin Pskowski

Aloha! My name is Telbin Pskowski and I am a sophomore here at Honolulu Community College. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and hope to earn my Associates Degree at the end of 2012. I plan on transferring to UH West Oʻahu and work towards my Baccalaureate's Degree in Health Administration. While not in school, I care for my two daughters who are both in elementary school. On our days off, we enjoy BBQs at the beach, going out to the movies, ice skating, and visiting the Zoo, Aquarium, and Children's Discovery Center. Occasionally we'll take long drives around the island. I recently started working in the TRIO- Student Support Services office and I love it. Being a part of a team that helps others and its community is something that I admire and enjoy. I am passionate about helping others to pursue their goals and look forward to working alongside each and every one of you.


Darrel Agno

Hi, my name is Darrel Agno. I am a student at Honolulu Community College, currently majoring in Administration of Justice. After acquiring my associate degree, I plan to transfer to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to obtain a baccalaureate degree in Administration of Justice. Upon the completion of my baccalaureate degree, my career plan is to become a police officer. Besides school, I enjoy and practice martial arts. I have been doing karate for many years and recently just received my black belt. On my free time I like to hang out with family and friends, going to the beach, hiking, shopping, going to the movies and eating at different establishments. I also enjoy listening to music, cooking, taking pictures, and watching television. I am thrilled to be a part of TRIO-SSS and can't wait to see everyone at the office!

Amber Carlson

Hi, my name is Amber Carlson. I am a current student at Honolulu CC majoring in Human Services. I plan to complete the Human Services program and graduate with an Associate's degree. I want to then go on to pursue a master's degree in Social Work at UH Mānoa. I will also work towards becoming certified in substance abuse counseling. My overall goal is to become an Executive Director of a substance abuse treatment facility. On the way to achieving my goal, I want to work with troubled youth who are facing hardships such as incarceration, drug and alcohol dependency. I have two amazing children who are my pride and joy. I love to spend time with my family, camp, go to the beach, hike, read, listen to music, and fellowship with friends. I am a highly motivated individual who has a passion to help and encourage others to be all that they can! I look forward to working as a Peer Tutor/Mentor and being a part of the TRIO-SSS team!


Dayna Buck

Aloha everyone! My name is Dayna Buck. I am currently in my second semester at Honolulu Community College, majoring in Administration of Justice. My plan is to graduate from Honolulu CC and transfer to UH WEST OAHU for my baccalaureate degree and pursue a career in law enforcement. I am a single parent of 3 and am the first in my family to go to college. In my free time I enjoy surfing with my youngest daughter and doing community service based activities. I also enjoy music, movies and trying new foods. I am excited to be a part of TRIO-SSS and look forward to meeting you!

Marvin Buenafe

Hello everyone! My name is Marvin Buenafe. I am currently in my 4th semester here at Honolulu CC and majoring in CENT. I'm planning to transfer to California State University after getting my Associates Degree. I enjoy solving basic and complex math problems and I love computers. I am also very interested in different cultures and languages, and I'm currently taking Japanese classes so that I will be versed in the Japanese language. I'm happy to be part of TRIO-SSS and looking forward to working with everyone!


Suraj Mehta

Aloha friends! My name is Suraj Mehta. I moved to Hawai'i from Chicago a year ago. I am currently in my second semester at HCC. I am planning to get a Liberal Arts degree from HCC and transfer to UH Manoa and major in Biological Engineering. After receiving my degree, I plan to attend the University of Hawai'i Medical School at Manoa from which I will pursue a Medical Doctor degree. My career goals are to become a Doctor of Medicine and open a clinic to treat people of their illnesses so they can start enjoying their lives. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, snorkeling, swimming, going to the beach, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything that involves exploring the beauty of the island. I also enjoy watching Hindi movies and science documentaries. I am proud to be a part of the TRIO-SSS team and I plan to get to know everyone and have a good time!