The Academic Resource Center (ARC) has two
functions. The ARC offers writing, organizational and study skills
support to students in all William James College programs. The ARC also assists students
with documented disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations which
allow them access to the curriculum and the school environment.
ARC tutors can provide help with
Tutoring is provided by William James College students who have been selected because of their communication, writing and organizational skills. An effort is made to match a student's need with a tutor's skills and training. Tutors receive training through monthly topical workshops and consultations.
Tutorial sessions can be provided in face-to-face meetings at school, on the phone, using online communication tools like Skype and editing tools like "track changes." Typically, tutors will have an initial face-to-face appointment with a new student to understand the student's needs. Subsequent meetings are arranged based on the format which best suits the student's needs as well as the student and tutor schedules. In the fall of 2014, a series of Writer's Workshops will be offered to teach and practice essential skills for writing APA style professional papers.
Sessions can be scheduled on an as-needed basis. If a student is requesting help with a paper, the paper should be submitted to the tutor at least one week in advance so the tutor has time to review it. Students should work closely with their tutors to insure that there is sufficient time to make suggested changes. There may be times when a particular tutor is not available because of other work or study commitments. In those cases, every effort is made to find another tutor to assist the student.
In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ARC personnel will insure that students with temporary or permanent documented disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations which allow them equal access to course content. Depending on a student's needs, accommodations may include adaptations such as:
A reasonable accommodation does NOT require a program to alter curricula in order to meet academic needs.
Formal documentation of a disability should be submitted to the Coordinator of the ARC (joan_Axelrod@williamjames.edu) After a review of documentation and a meeting with the Coordinator, a plan of appropriate services will be offered and a letter will be drafted stipulating reasonable accommodations.