Does talking about course material with a peer help you understand it better? Do you prefer one-on-one academic assistance? If so, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) Tutoring Program might be able to help! Best of all, the ARC Tutoring Program is available for free to Denison students!
The ARC Tutoring Program is designed for students seeking additional help to improve or maintain a high level of academic performance. Tutors are available for most subjects. ARC tutors are current students who have been recommended by departmental faculty and trained according to standards set forth by the College Reading and Learning Association. Tutors are focused on the learning goals of individual students and can tailor sessions to meeting their unique needs.
There are many opportunities to obtain tutoring help at Denison. In addition to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) advising staff, you can access help through:
- Departmental drop-in tutoring
- Teaching Assistants (TAs)
- Peer Learning Strategists (PLS)
- And various campus wellness services
⇒ Use your Big Red ID to access more information on requesting a tutor, departmental drop-in hours, and how to become a tutor. Visit: MyDenison » Campus Resources » Academic Resource Center
Frequently Asked Questions
All students can benefit from academic support. Whether you are experiencing difficulty or want to maintain a high level of performance, ARC Tutoring can support your unique learning goals. We encourage students to commit to regularly scheduled, ongoing tutoring sessions to make tutoring and its benefits part of their college routine.
By creating a TutorOcean account you will have access to the availability of tutors based on the courses you are taking. Keep in mind, tutoring is a limited resource and is available on a first come, first served basis. Submit your requests beginning the second week of each semester to ensure priority.
You don’t! Tutors are employees of the Academic Resource Center and are paid as part of their campus employment.
After you’ve scheduled an appointment with your tutor you should think about specific goals you have for sessions. Bring your list of desired outcomes to your sessions and the tutor will help you work towards achieving your goals. Some examples:
- Dive deeper on course content
- Discuss your lecture notes
- Review for an exam
- Learn techniques for applying information
- Improve your time management and organization
Students need to be engaged in the tutoring process by asking questions, communicating their needs, and working independently between sessions to practice skills learned during tutoring. In addition to tutoring, we encourage students to talk with professors and utilize their office hours to clarify expectations and for guidance.
Students should be in regular communication with their professors and academic advisors for assistance. Other sources of help include making an appointment with the Academic Resource Center (ARC) advising staff, Writing Center, departmental drop-in tutoring, Teaching Assistants (TAs), Peer Learning Strategists (PLS), and various campus wellness services to name just a few.