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Learning Assistance & Resource Center


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Learning Assistance & Resource Center

224 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2535
Fax: 610-436-2600

Director: Gerardina Martin 610-738-0496
Asst. Director: Erika Littles 610-436-2402
Clerical Support: Bernadette Forte 610-436-2535

Meet our Peer Tutor Coordinators

Mission Statement

The Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) strives to provide quality academic support services which help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC aims to promote cognitive development in a diversity of student populations through assessing and teaching the affective skills necessary for achieving academic and personal learning goals.

Vision Statement

The pursuit of a quality education, although contingent upon professors and administrators, is essentially a venture of self-reliance. At the Learning Assistance and Resource Center, we envision a University populated with independent learners imbued with a desire to learn, to improve, and to progress. Our tutors promote the critical thinking skills necessary for students to find unique and creative solutions to achieve academic success and actively pursue career goals.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to effectively apply study skills and learning strategies to become independent, active learners who achieve academic success.

  • Engaging students during tutorials by asking questions and asking the students to take notes encourages active participation in the learning process.
  • Modeling problem solving, critical thinking, and study/learning strategies equips students with the tools they need to work independently and become successful learners.

Students will demonstrate persistence in higher education to successfully complete coursework and fully matriculate.

Peer tutors will demonstrate above average performance in identified enhancement indicators and be able to reflect on their roles as peer learners and tutors.

  • Tutors will develop a deeper understanding of the subjects they tutor.
  • Tutors will actively reflect upon tutoring sessions as an essential part of becoming an effective tutor.
  • Tutors will self-identify as members of a teaching/learning community.
  • Tutors will make critical choices about tutoring strategies.
  • Tutors will participate in Professional Development opportunities.
  • Tutors will provide personalized academic support for the development of students' self-esteem and their empowerment as successful learners.

Upcoming Events/News

  • Attention All Students!
    • The LARC will be open and tutoring will continue in the event of a faculty strike.

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