The Academic Resource Center is available for all Kent students who want to schedule a study or writing conference. Located on the 2nd floor of the library, the ARC is open at two different times each day. During the academic day, students can schedule 1:1 meetings to learn new reading and note-taking tips, time management techniques, effective study habits, and more. During study hall, teachers are available for writing and math help.
Drop-in visits are allowed, as the ARC is often busy, but we recommend that you schedule a conference beforehand. Peer Tutors, assisting in research, writing, math and the sciences, are also available during study hall.
What to Bring
Bring your writing or homework assignment and whatever work you've done so far. Always arrive with all your class materials - planner (or other planning system), textbook, notebook, and folder of graded work. Come prepared to discuss what you like and what you don't like about your work. Be ready to be an active participant in the conference.
What to Expect at Your Writing Conference
If you don't know how to tackle your assignment, we'll help you brainstorm to come up with ideas. If you come with an idea, we'll help you turn it into a thesis. If you come with a thesis, we'll show you how to test if it's arguable and supportable. If you have already written your draft, we'll give you feedback on its strengths and weaknesses, and help you revise the areas that need rewriting. The tutor will not make corrections on your paper or tell you what to say.
What to Expect at Your Study Conference
If you can't seem to finish all your homework before lights-out, we'll teach you new ways to manage your time. If you don't know how to take notes for Modern Euro, we'll share note-taking tips from successful Kent students. If you can't remember how to conjugate your Spanish verbs, we'll help you practice effective memorization strategies. If you want to prepare for fall term exams, you can create an exam prep plan in the ARC.
We will expect that you arrive to your conference on time and with all your class materials. While you will learn effective study strategies during your ARC conference, it will be up to you to practice these tips on your own. Remember that it takes 7-21 times to make or break a habit!
The Work is Yours
Even though you meet with an ARC teacher, you remain responsible for everything in your assignment or paper; you will decide whether to accept or reject the advice you receive.
During the Academic Day:
During Study Hall:
Sunday: Rotating Faculty
Monday: Bethany Booth (English)
Tuesday: Holly Ceane (Math)
Wednesday: Andrew Baird (English); Kevin MacNeil (Math)
Thursday: Kevin MacNeil (Math)
Friday: Karen Moreno (English)