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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


Tutor Registration

Tutor Registration Process

Registration for Chemistry and Biology will begin the first Wednesday of every semester at 8:00 a.m. Registration for all other courses will begin the first Thursday of every semester at 8:00 a.m.

  1. Students must come to Lawrence Center to register in person for tutoring. We do not offer tutor registration over the phone or online.
  2. Please bring your class schedule in order to schedule your weekly session. The LARC schedules students based on the course and section numbers.
  3. After you complete the tutor registration form at the front desk, the LARC staff will inform you of any available hours. You will then be able to pick which session would work with your schedule.
  4. If you are unable to take any of the available hours, the LARC staff will place you on the waitlist. Students drop out of sessions for various reasons, and the LARC will contact you when there is an opening.
  5. Students may register throughout the semester until the 12th week.

Items to Know Before Your First Session

  • Once you are registered for a session, the tutoring session will begin the following week.
  • All sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • Please plan to arrive to your session a few minutes early.
  • Tutoring sessions are held weekly, and there is an attendance policy in place. If you miss two consecutive or three total sessions for the semester you could be dropped from your session. Official documentation (i.e. doctor note, court documentation) can be provided in order for you to be excused from your session. A call to the LARC will not excuse you from your session. Due to the high demand, the LARC monitors the attendance closely in order to get as many students in for sessions as possible.
  • Tutoring sessions can have between 3-5 students per session.
  • Please come with your books, notes, and any other materials in order for you to work with your tutor. Completing homework prior to your session is a great idea! This way, you can have set questions for your tutor.
  • The LARC has multiple satellite offices. All subjects with the MAT prefix are held in the Library and you can meet your tutor at room 508, all other subjects are held in 224 Lawrence Center.

Academic Development Program Tutoring

The Academic Development Program (ADP), is a special admissions program for students who do not meet current admissions criteria but who still show the potential to succeed in college. Aside from the individualized mentoring and advising, students in ADP are required to attend mandatory tutoring for the classes provided to them through the program. Those classes include:

  • Public Speaking, SPK208
  • Writing, WRT120
  • English, ENGQ20
  • Math, MATQ01/Q00

In tutoring sessions, students are required to come with materials and questions regarding content. Tutors will have students work in pairs or independently on material during their sessions, and tutors will also help students with their study skills. Our ADP tutors act as model students and tutors to help implement time management skills and to help students gain academic confidence throughout their first two semesters.

Here are a few anonymous testimonials from ADP students on the Tutor Evaluation given at the end of each semester:

  • "Rachel is very respectful and knowledgeable. She has helped me so much in public speaking and I would have been lost with many speeches without her. She makes sessions fun and enjoyable also." – Anonymous
  • "My tutor was a great tutor. She always helped me during my session or even when we didn't have sessions. I have learned so much from her. She’s a great person to get along with and a great tutor." – Anonymous
  • "He always has things for us to work on; we are never wasting time in tutoring." – Anonymous

Academic Success Workshops

The Academic Success Workshop (ASW) is a program designed to teach students general study skills, class participation, and time management methods which are applicable to all courses and programs of study. It consists of four one-hour workshops facilitated by experienced graduate students at various times over the course of the semester. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact the Helena DeBald, at (610) 436-2187 or email

Professors and staff members may request sessions of the ASW to be presented at group meetings by contacting the Helena DeBald.


Session locations may vary.


Academic Success Workshop Topics:

Dont Put This Workshop Off Until Tomorrow: Time Managment Strategies

No Fear Test Taking: Reducing Test Anxiety

Note Taking: College Edition

Get It WRITE: Short Essay Skills and APA Format


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Basic Skills Test Workshops

The LARC offers review sessions for students who need to take the Basic Skills tests required of Education Majors. Reviews for the reading, writing, and math portions of Basic Skills exams are offered by experienced LARC tutors and graduate students. Sessions during the academic year are eight weeks long.

Topics include:

  • Critical thinking required for writing clear essays and for accurately evaluating what mathematical operation is needed
  • Test-taking techniques
  • Content and skills covered by the writing, reading, and math tests
Information about the BST itself, contact the School of Education at (610) 436-2321. For more information about the BST review workshop sessions, contact the LARC at (610) 436-2535 or register here. For questions, please contact Sydney Holt at

Registration for the BST is currently open for the Fall 2016 semester.



Did you know that WCU offers FREE Online Tutoring through Smarthinking? Tutors are trained to provide high quality learning assistance to your students, up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!



Basic Math




Gen. Chemistry


Intro. Finance

Intro. to Human A&P

Liberal Arts Math

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Smarthinking "strives to assist students in developing successful learning and problem-solving strategies that will help them succeed in the classroom." The addition of Smarthinking to the services currently offered by the LARC will allow students the opportunity to access free online tutoring 24/7 in the comfort and convenience of any space where internet access is available.

If you would like further information about Smarthinking, or to schedule an in-class presentation/ demonstration please contact us.

Smarthinking is ideal for...

  • students who have not been able to take advantage of the LARC’s "in-person" tutoring because of commuting and/or scheduling conflicts
  • athletes
  • commuter students
  • non-traditional students
  • working students

Smarthinking provides students the flexibility and freedom to use tutoring services at their own pace, in their own timeframe, and in a variety of locations. Students must register with the LARC in order to receive a code to access Smarthinking for free.

To register for online tutoring contact:
Jon Godwin
255 Lawrence Center
(610) 436-2187

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Tutoring

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) model of student academic assistance helps students in historically difficult classes master course content while they develop and integrate learning and study strategies. The LARC currently employ 30 SI Leaders who sit in the high risk Biology and Chemistry courses. The success of the SI program suggests SI has a positive impact on student retention. By continuing and expanding the current SI program, we hope to maintain improvement of the academic achievement of students at risk of poor performance (D, F, or W) in the high-risk courses.

The SI model, developed at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) in 1973, is a method to help students succeed in college. The SI Leader facilitates discussion for students to discover gaps in their knowledge and better strategies for learning. The SI Leaders are thus crucial to the success of the program, as they demonstrate proficiency in the subject and model effective reading, writing, and thinking skills necessary for content mastery. SI is a program offered at the LARC for students to voluntarily seek assistance in 100- and 200-level courses in the Biology and Chemistry and SI has three primary objectives: to increase retention, to improve student grades, and to increase graduation rates.

Courses currently offered under SI

  • Biology: 100, 110, 230, 259, & 269
  • Chemistry: 103, 104, 107, 230, 231, & 232

Learn more about the SI Model

What is an SI Leader?

Our highly qualified and trained student leaders have previously earned an A or A- in the course they are assigned to tutor, have above a 3.0 CGPA, and received two faculty recommendation letters. Also, SI Leaders attend class with the students to serve as a model student in all capacities. SI is a completely free service to students, and it is expected students attend their assigned weekly session in addition to attending class.

Duties of a SI Leader:

  • Attend Supplemental Instruction Leader Orientation prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Attend all class meetings of selected course.
  • Act as model student, by taking good notes, reading all assigned materials, and being on time to class and study sessions.
  • Schedule and conduct one 50-minute study sessions per week.
  • Prepare materials for each session when necessary.
  • Make in-class announcements concerning SI sessions.
  • Maintain contact with course professor while maintaining confidentiality of the students.
  • Schedule exam review sessions as necessary.
  • Collect attendance data for SI sessions.
  • Attend bi-weekly SI meetings with the SI Leaders and SI Peer Tutor Coordinator.
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