Tutoring and Academic Support

We count on the fact that you will be challenged by your courses at Elms. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) can help you reach that high level of success that you desire and and equip you with skills which will get you noticed in the real world.

The ARC, located on the second floor of the library, provides tutoring services for any Elms College student seeking to accept the challenge and improve writing, research, and study skills. Professional and College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified academic peer tutors are available in a variety of academic areas. They will work with you individually to deepen your substantive knowledge and raise your level of excellence in your field of study. They will help you achieve greater clarity in your written work and develop stronger study skills for tests and examinations. In addition, the ARC offers review sessions prior to scheduled tests. And, of course, tutors are trained to keep your sessions private and confidential.

You can make appointments to suit your schedule as frequently as you desire on the ARC Appointment Site.  The tutor schedule is updated fairly frequently. Please come back to check for updates.

If you don't see a time that is convenient for you, try BrainFuse, our online tutoring system available through Moodle. 


Do I need an appointment?

You are welcome to utilize the center on a drop-in basis, however it is advisable to make an appointment in order to guarantee a specific time, day, or tutor. You also need to realize that when the center is open, it does not mean that a tutor in your subject area is available. Always check the tutor schedules! 

How often should I visit the center?

You may visit the center as much as you want! However to be fair to the entire student body, we ask that you limit visits to 5 hours per week.  The idea behind the center is to help assist you in acquiring skills so you won't need to visit the center at all, or you will come for other reasons/classes. If you feel you are failing a class or need intensive help, weekly tutoring is available.

What is expected of those who use the ARC?

  • Arrive on time.
  • Call if you cannot make an appointment. Someone else may be able to use your time.
  • Bring all your books, notebooks, syllabi, rubric, etc. to the first visit. (Your tutor will help you decide what you need to bring to every meeting, but these materials allow the tutor to see what you are doing in class.)
  • Come with work already completed. (For instance, if you have math problems do the easy ones first and work as far as you can. That way, when you meet with your tutor, you'll be concentrating on the hard parts.)
  • You're welcome to write down questions for your tutor. It's YOUR session and YOUR time. Tutors want to address your concerns.
  • Talk to the director if you don't think your session went well. We'll always try to match you with a tutor who best suits your needs.
  • Treat your tutors with respect. They are trying to help you meet your goals.
  • If you're writing a paper, you are welcome to come to the center during any stage of the writing process (brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, or revising).
  • Don't expect miracles. The ARC is designed to help you long term, so plan ahead so that you can have multiple sessions before a test, paper, or major homework assignment.
  • Don't wait until the last minute. One session isn't going to fix everything.

When is the best time to see a writing tutor about a paper?

You may ask tutors for assist

ance at any time during the writing process -- brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, revising, or editing but be prepared with some ideas for the paper or questions about the assignment.

Who are the tutors and what do they do?

Tutors are students who have achieved high grades in their areas of concentration, been recommended by a faculty member, and have completed a tutor training course. They do not write papers, finish homework, complete problems, correct papers, or give answers. Tutors are trained to assist you in finding and developing correct methods in problem solving and critical thinking as well as help you to improve your study skills, work habits, test-taking skills, and motivational skills.

Will my grades improve?

Tutors are not responsible for the grades you receive. However, grades may improve over a semester's period of work — not necessarily as a result of one or two visits to the center. Don't expect a "quick-fix"! To be a successful, independent learner takes time.

What if I don't like my tutor?

If you don't hit it off with a tutor, make an appointment to work with someone else. Schedules are posted on the bulletin board outside the center and online. You may always talk to the director of the center if you feel the problem is more serious.

Does working with a tutor mean I'm not ready for college?

Working with a tutor is in no way a failure. We often see A or B students who want to discuss a topic more in depth, get a different viewpoint, or ask questions. Working with a tutor does not single you out in any way. If anything, it shows that you care about your school work!

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Sr. Ann Daly


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