Tutor Time (Pre K-12)

Tutor Time is a pre-college program sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Admissions Office. Part of the Federal Work-Study programs - America Reads and America Counts - Tutor Time is intended to help children learn and be academically successful. Participating in he program increases students' self esteem, and develops students' confidence and a continued desire to learn in a safe, encouraging environment. Since the fall of 2001, RPI college students have tutored children in grades PreK-12 in mathematics and reading and in other subjects on request every Saturday at two locations in Troy. All children from the capital region are eligible to participate in the program.


Reading and Math Help

Children who attend the program will receive assistance with basic math and reading skills, and help with other subjects as needed. Some children begin Tutor Time struggling in school and others just want to be challenged. All students discover they enjoy learning when they are supported by the RPI student staff who help reinforce concepts and ideas that the children are learning in school. Students are asked to bring with them materials that they wish to understand. Parents are encouraged to acquire supplementary materials from the student's teacher for the student to work on during the tutoring session whenever possible.Tutor Time

Reading is a key building block for all learning. It is the national consensus that a child should master reading by the end of the third grade, or risk falling further behind. Tutor Time helps students with basic reading skills to students in kindergarten through third grade, and to older students needing review. Students benefit from an integrated approach to reading that combines word and letter recognition, phonics and comprehension. We will assist young readers find meaning in what they read and learn how to sharpen both oral and listening skills. We provide a positive and encouraging environment for young children that will facilitate learning.

  • Phonics
  • Writing
  • Letter recognition
  • Age-appropriate reading tools


Mathematics is the key to opportunity. Tutor Time's math program assists students from K-9 to apply fundamental, grade appropriate math skills. Today's students must achieve high academic standards to stay on track for college and promising careers. One means of helping students improve their math achievement is to provide them with personal attention and additional learning opportunities through tutoring and mentoring.

The following topics are among the math skills Tutor Time practices with students:

  • Basic computation (addition, multiplication and division)
  • Equations
  • Numeration
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Problem solving
  • Measurement
  • Graphing

Locations, Hours & the Calendar

Downtown Troy - Blitman Hall (Conference Room)

1800 6th Avenue, Troy, NY 12180       

Hours: Saturdays by appointment at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Call (518) 276-3098, for information, and to make an appointment at the Troy location.

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot between Blitman and the Uncle Sam Bowling Alley. 

Drop Off / Pick Up: Parents are required to sign-in and sign-out their children for each appointment. Enter Blitman on its north side at the door facing the Bowling Alley. The Tutor Time sign will be posted by the door. This entrance to the facility is fully accessible for tutoring. (Do not enter the building's front door on 6th Avenue - it is card access only for RPI students and is not available for program use.)

North Troy - Lansingburgh Library (2nd floor)

114th Street at 4th Avenue, Troy, NY 12182

Hours: Saturdays by appointment at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call (518) 276-3098, for information, and to make an appointment at the Lansingburgh location.

Parking: Along 114th Street, and along 4th Avenue.

Drop Off / Pick Up: Parents are required to sign-in and sign-out their children each week. Enter through the front door of the library, and walk upstairs to the second floor to the sign-in table.

The 2019-2020 Calendar
Call (518) 276-3098, for information, and to make an appointment at the Troy or Lansingburgh location.

RPI's holiday breaks do not coincide exactly with the breaks for the local schools, especially in the spring semester. Families can plan that tutoring will be available almost every week throughout the year when RPI is in session, whether the school their child attends is in session or not.

  • September 14, 2019 - Tutor Time begins in Lansingburgh Library & at Blitman Hall on the RPI Campus
  • November 30, 2019 - Thanksgiving holiday - no Tutor Time
  • December 14, 2019 - Last Tutor Time session before holiday break, both locations
  • January 18, 2020 - Tutor Time resumes for the spring semester, at both Troy and Lansingburgh
  • March 14, 2020 - RPI Spring Break- no Tutor Time in Troy or Lansingburgh
  • May 2, 2020 - last Tutor Time sessions - RPI Exams and Summer Break begins for RPI students



Registration and Appointments

Registration - If you are interested in tutoring for your child(ren), complete an application form below.

Downtown Troy application (Blitman Dormatory, 1800 6th Avenue) (pdf)
Lansingburgh application (Lansingburgh Library - 27 114th Street) (pdf)

If you have trouble downloading either of the pdfs, please call us at 518-276-3098 and we will send them to you. Return completed application to either your child's school or to RPI at one of the following addresses:

Mailing Address:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
RPI Tutor Time Program
J-Building, Suite 4400
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180

Fax: (518) 276-8194


Appointments - Once the application is received, Tutor Time staff will call you to schedule the first appointment. Tutor Time works on an appointment basis at each of its locations. Students are given one-hour appointments between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each time the student comes to Tutor Time, they may arrange their next appointment. Because of high demand for tutoring, we cannot guarantee that students will get the same appointment time each week; however, this policy provides the flexibility for families with busy schedules to schedule their next appointment at their convenience.

Parents and guardians may call the number below to set-up, reschedule or cancel tutoring sessions for their students.During regular business hours, Monday–Friday, you will be able to talk directly to Tutor Time staff to arrange appointments. Messages left at other times will be returned by the next regular business day. On Saturdays, between 10 a.m.–3 p.m., you will be able to leave a message (be sure to include the location, Lansingburgh Library or Downtown Troy), and your call should be returned by a student staff member within an hour. 

P: (518) 276-3098

In addition, parents may call for weather-related cancellations. If there is no message on our voicemail about a closure, parents should assume that Tutor Time is occurring.


Educational Resources For Kids

We have created worksheets and found favorite websites that kids can use to practice their math and reading skills. Some of the sites may require an adult to help you get started. Our staff hopes you have fun learning as you explore.

Math and Reading Practice Sheets
Website Resources

Khan Academy - Practice your math skills from additionj to calculus and everything in between! There are great, student-friendly, understandable lessons on this website.

Culturally Situated Design Tools - Many cultural designs are based on mathematical principles. This software will help students learn standards-based math and computing as they simulate the original artifacts, and develop their own creations.

Figure This - The Figure This Web site provides many fun math problems to solve!

Education 4 Kids - The Education 4 Kids site has all kinds of flash cards and exercises to help you master basic math facts!

Children's Booklist - The Association for Library Service to Children lists a number of great books for children of all ages!

Young Adult Booklist -Young Adult Library Services Association lists a number of great books for young adults!

PBSKids Games - PBS Kids has created cyber games that make learning fun!

Official Kids - The Official Kids Portal for the U.S. Government provides hundreds of great learning activities.

Connected Kids - The Connected Kids site provides information on what other kids and students are doing in Troy!