Resource of the Month: the Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center partnered with the College's science departments in summer 2013 to host a poster session where students like Amanda Crawford '14 (left) presented their summer research with faculty.
The year-old Academic Resource Center, established with the largest individual gift in College history, $11 million, is considered a model for liberal arts colleges.
It’s the place where all students can find help and sharpen skills that improve their ability to learn.
• Peer tutoring: paid student workers meeting one-on-one;
• Workshops: group instruction in study skills, time management, class participation, note taking, reading strategies (such as previewing text and reviewing techniques), exam preparation and project management;
• Group study sessions: students pursuing the same academic concentration come together to help one another;
• Collaboration with the Office of Student Accessibility Services: students with physical disabilities receive help with, for instance, wheelchair accessibility; those with emotional issues or learning disabilities may qualify for extended testing time.
Molly Huysman ’16, who attended a workshop on time management, said of the workshop, “I’m now able to stay on track better and even found that I had more free time than I thought.”
“Sometimes it helps to sit back and listen to others,” said CJ Robinson ’16, who attended group study sessions for organic chemistry. “I may not have all of the answers, so I can work with others to hone areas and techniques that need improvement.”
In addition to its own programs, the center partners with other departments and centers on campus to develop innovative initiatives like the recent Now Hiring! pilot program that gave a dozen seniors a week of intensive instruction in career prep and marketing oneself to potential employers.
ARC at a glance:
Location: Main Street West in the Plex (second floor above Harris Refectory; permanent location will be in Shain Library following renovation)
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m.