Academic Resource Center
The Academic resource Center (ARC) provides academic support, mainly through individualized or small group tutorials, to all enrolled students at the college. Students can meet individually with a peer or professional tutor to review course content and papers, prepare for classwork or tests, learn note-taking and text-book reading techniques, and organize projects.
The ARC also offers specialty workshops, writing support, and reinforcement of study skills. We provide assistance with all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming and revision. Writing Tutors focus on helping students learn how to proofread or edit their own papers.
Online tutoring is available 24/7 on and off campus with any Wi-Fi connection for most subjects through a third party site called Smarthinking, Inc,, paid for by the college for College of Mount Saint Vincent students. Students can access on-line tutoring and ARC tutoring schedules through their Blackboard account. The ARC is located on the second floor of Seton Library.
The Writing Center
Within the Academic Resource Center, the College’s Writing Center provides weekly monitored instruction to assist students in all areas of writing, including essay writing, thesis development, grammar, sentence structure, and English as a Second Language. Students are recommended by their instructors to schedule appointments with a writing specialist in order to master their skills.
WE courses include written assignments in at least two different modes of writing that total at least nine pages. These courses help students not only to improve writing skills, but to use writing as a learning tool in the content area. WE courses are designated on the students’ transcripts (as well as in the College catalogue) to indicate to graduate school admissions committees and future employers that the students who have taken these courses have developed their writing skills well beyond the minimum requirement. One WE course which includes at least 15 pages of writing may be applied to the Writing Minor, with the approval of the Director of Writing.
Elizabeth Seton Library 2nd Floor