The LAC offers FREE tutoring and workshops to all UH Mānoa students, faculty and staff. Meet the team below!
The Learning Assistance Center assists with developing effective study strategies that will help you find the motivation needed to get the grade you want. There are also individual tutors in areas that many students find difficult including chemistry, math, biology, and economics. We provide study groups for these difficult courses, and conduct workshops to learn how to manage time, read more effectively, take better notes, and doing better on exams. If you think you may have a learning disability, we provide initial screening and support to cope with learning problems.
At times, course content needs to be discussed in a one-to-one, personalized session to help you develop clarity and conceptual understanding. Therefore, LAC tutors will not only help you understand the course material, they will also help you develop effective study strategies. Effective study strategies go beyond helping you learn course material and earn high grades; they enable you to tackle new and challenging material in your future coursework.
Rosie is the Director of the LAC. Her 40+ years at UHM includes taking a full-time position at the counseling center right after graduating with a bachelors in secondary education, earning a masters degree in counseling, becoming tenured faculty, earning a doctorate in educational psychology, working in testing, counseling, outreach, career placement, and finally learning assistance. She loves helping students achieve their academic goals with foci on finding the right career, developing effective learning strategies, and sustaining motivation. She finds service the focal point of her career. Besides serving students and faculty, she actively participates in faculty governance, holds leadership positions in national professional organizations and maintains a healing practice.
When she finds time to relax and have fun, she likes to practice calligraphy, sing (with others), dance, read a good book, play with poetry, go bowling, play a fun game of volleyball or softball, and watch football, movies or selected Korean drama.
Adam is the Program Coordinator of the LAC. He earned his B.S. in English and M.A. in Second Language Studies. Helping people learn is his passion. He thrives on assisting people in achieving their academic goals, enhancing their writing skills and acclimating to academia. His academic interests include socio-cultural learning, writing instruction, and program evaluation and assessment.
Outside the LAC, he enjoys nature through biking and hiking. He travels more miles on his bike and on the hiking trails than in his car. He relaxes with dining on flavorful foods and trying to duplicate them in his kitchen. He rarely follows a recipe, so every meal he cooks is an experiment. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Taste life!
Leslee is the Program Assistant of the LAC. Leslee Matthews is an advocate for social change and justice by connecting the community with resources and resources with the community. She is a proponent for empowerment through education, knowledge and service. As a life-long learner, she is passionate about further developing her leadership, interpersonal, critical thinking, and professional skills to enhance her life and the lives of others. Leslee earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor's In Criminal Justice from Texas Woman's University. She is currently a First Year law student at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa. She is very happy to have returned to Hawai’i, the state where she grew up. It gives her great joy to serve alongside the people of Hawai’i and advocate for the underserved. She hopes that each individual is able to move vigorously forward in the direction of their dreams and goals. Her life motto is a phase that she has coined “Believe In Yourself, You Goals Can Be Met!”
Free time? What's that? When she finds free time, she loves to swim, travel and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys trivia and exploring new places. She loves to volunteer and serve the community.
Shauna's previous interest in Anatomy & Physiology brought her to the LAC as a tutor and SI facilitator, and now she's glad to be back as the other Program Assistant. She has earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology. She is also a graphic designer. She enjoys incorporating aesthetics and creativity into training and education, and is passionate about making learning a positive experience for all types of learners.
In her free time Shauna enjoys tending to her succulent garden, doing Blogilates/PopSugar workouts, photography, going to the beach, hiking, brunching, and a little retail therapy. Also: C O F F E E.
Caylee is currently a senior majoring in Secondary Education with specialization in General Science, but she also has a special interest in the health field. She is driven by her love for science, likes to de-stress with soccer, and is addicted to chocolate. Stop by HSC if you need some help in Chemistry 131/161/162 or Biology 171/172!
Major: BBA Accounting
Tutors: ACC 201, 202
Charisse is a junior whose dream is to become a Certified Public Accountant. She is excited to help anyone with questions and show that accounting isn’t such a taxing subject – all at no expense!
Some of her interests include devouring freshly baked bread, petting large dogs, traveling to big cities, and listening to French jazz music.
My name is Vanessa Sotoza and I’m a BS Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) and BA French double major. I’m from Maui and I graduated from King Kekaulike High School. I’m a tutor here at the LAC, but I primarily work down at HSC by the Freshman towers. So, if you are in any need of help in Chemistry (up to 273), Biology (mostly molecular and cellular stuff), and/or French (up to 202) then I’m there for you. (: