Tutoring - Maine College of Art

Tutorial resources are available on a drop-in basis six days a week. One-on-one sessions are available for help with writing, critical reading, test preparation, study skills or time management. Tutoring takes place in the Learning Studio (also known as Room 200), which can be accessed through the Joanne Waxman Library or from the exterior doorway.

  • Mondays: 11:30am–8pm
  • Tuesdays: 2pm–8pm
  • Wednesdays: 11am–4pm; 4:30pm–8pm
  • Thursdays: 11:30am–8pm
  • Fridays: 11am–4pm
  • Closed on Saturdays
  • Sundays: 3pm–8pm

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting this scheduling website. An iPad next to the hallway door of the Learning Studio is also directly linked to the scheduling site. Appointments can be scheduled for 30 minutes or an hour.

For more information about tutorial services, please contact Dominique Bartels, Associate to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Coordinator of Tutorial Services (email dbartels@meca.edu; telephone 699.5036).


About Frances Barker

Frances Barker is an artist, musician, and writer. They received their BFA from Maine College of Art in Painting, with a minor in Music from the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music. As an interdisciplinary artist concerned with the intersections of art, culture, and self, Frances is interested most in writing as a tool of the creative process that allows artists to both communicate their intentions and pause to reflect upon their motivations thus far.

Frances’s artwork has appeared in the Sapporo International Art Fair, small pop-up exhibitions, and elsewhere, and has written for ​The Chart; ​however, their writing remains mostly within their artwork itself.

About Marni Berger

Marni Berger holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. She has taught writing at Manhattanville College and Columbia University and tutored middle, high school and college students in writing and executive functioning skills in Maine and New York City beginning in 2009.

Marni’s most recent short story appeared at Matador Review in July 2018. Her fiction has been a finalist or received honorable mention in seven Glimmer Train contests and one New Millennium Writings contest, while her short story “Waterside” appeared in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train. Her work has also appeared at The Common, The Days of Yore, The Millions, and Fringe Magazine. Marni has new essays forthcoming in Lotus Eater, COG, Cold Creek Review, and The Critical Flame. And her novel-in-progress, Love Will Make You Invincible, is a dark comedy about a precocious tween, who — in refusing to believe his long-lost father committed suicide — becomes convinced that his father is a citizen of a secret underwater village in Pittsburgh; the boy voyages to find him.

About Ann Hall

Ann is an experienced high school English teacher who is excited to help college students express their ideas and creativity through organized and articulate writing. She teaches all levels of English and works with every kind of student imaginable, from the reluctant writer to the philosopher who just needs help getting their amazing ideas down on paper. Ann is passionate about writing in all genres. She can help you with creative writing, argument writing, research, or just about any type of written expression.

Ann is also a fan of reading, particularly the reading of dense texts that seem like impenetrable fortresses of meaning. She can help you unpack the significance of important ideas in all those chapters or articles you have to read by class on Friday.

Ann’s educational background is varied: her undergraduate degree is from the University of Arizona, where she majored in Women’s Studies with a focus on feminist literary theory. She recently completed graduate school, where she earned a Master of Education degree. As a new tutor at MECA, she sincerely hopes she can help students become confident and independent writers.

About Karen Ogg

Karen is a veteran secondary public school educator in Visual Art and English with an expertise in teaching at-risk and gifted students. She enjoys working with writers and artists while supporting them through the creative process. Karen is a practicing artist and writer with a strong penchant for mentoring, editing and therapeutic arts work.

About Ashley Wernher-Collins

Ashley Wernher-Collins is a 2016 graduate of MECA’s Textile & Fashion Design program. She also holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College. In addition to tutoring, she works as the Studio Tech for the Textile & Fashion program and takes on work in the costume shop at Portland Stage Company as needed.

Of her own studio work, Ashley says it is “not complete without conceptual ideas. As artists, we give physical form to our observations and thoughts. It is this interplay of ideas and hand skills that gives me the most fulfillment in the creative process. Being able to articulate the development of thought and process is a valuable skill that all artists must develop and nurture.”

About Thressa Willett

Currently working as a college tutor and freelance graphic designer, American artist Thressa Willett has a diverse background in the arts and academia. She has extensive experience in digital marketing, web design, copywriting, social media, and nonprofit development. She is an ardent advocate for progressive politics and equal rights.

Thressa holds an MFA in Studio Arts and a BFA in New Media from Maine College of Art, as well as a BA in English from the University of Southern Maine. She is the current President and spirited advocate of the USA nonprofit Portland Youth Dance. Thressa has studied at the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, trained at various dance schools in NYC, Boston and Maine, received two certifications from NYC’s Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® foundation, choreographed for various dance and theater productions, and exhibited her soft sculpture and fashion designs at various art exhibits and runway shows.

Thressa recently completed an art residency at RGNN in Madrid, Spain, where she taught two workshops in iPhone photography and graphic design for journalists and marketing students. She will pursue her 3rd certification in Floor-Barre® in Mexico, early 2019.