Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ARC?
The Academic Resource Center is the place to find:

  • A free service to support and assist you with your course work
  • Peer tutors who can offer feedback on your writing
  • Peer tutors who can help you improve your study skills
  • Strategies for balancing your academic and social life
  • Ideas for managing your time and reducing your stress
  • Assistance for students with learning disabilities
  • Assistance for international students
  • Books and resources on many aspects of college life

When is the ARC open?

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tutoring hours:

Monday: 1-2:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday -Thursday: 1-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m.

Friday: 1-4 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 7-9 p.m.

Do I need to make an appointment?
Although walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to make an appointment, especially if it is a busy part of the semester (such as the last couple weeks of classes). We also encourage you to come in more than 24 hours before the paper is due, so you will have plenty of time to revise it after your meeting. Go to to sign up for an appointment.

How can the ARC help me with a paper?
Our tutors can help you with every aspect of writing a paper, from brainstorming to polishing the final draft. Specifically, we can help you:
- analyze assignment directions
- brainstorm ideas
- craft a thesis statement
- organize your ideas
- revise your draft
- use correct punctuation and grammar
- incorporate sources into your writing
- proofread your work

What can’t the ARC help me with?

We can’t guarantee that you will get an A on a paper, and we can’t tell you what your professor will think of a paper. We can’t write or rewrite your paper for you, and we can’t correct all of your problems in 30 minutes. We are here to help you become more effective writers, not to do your work for you. Tutors are trained to facilitate your learning; it is up to you to make it happen.

Can I drop off my paper to be read and to be picked up later?
No. We ask that you stay and work with our tutor so that your meeting will be a learning process. 

Will the ARC help me proofread my paper?
No. However, we will read through your paper with you, helping you identify mechanical errors and showing you how to correct them. That way, you will learn to find and correct those mistakes for yourself in the future!

I am an international student and English is not my native language. Does the ARC have any resources to help me?
ARC tutors can help you identify grammatical and language problems in your papers and other assignments. As an international student, you are especially encouraged to take advantage of all of the ARC resources as you get adjusted to college life in the United States.

I have a learning disability. Does the ARC have any resources to help me?
ARC tutors can help you with time management, study skills, and test-taking tips. We can also help you identify computer software that might address your needs, and connect you with Learning Ally, an organization that provides support for students with learning disabilities.

How do I get a Subject Tutor?
Call the ARC at (434) 381-6278 to find out the name of a tutor in the department. You can also check out the list of subject tutors on our website. Then, you may contact a tutor yourself to set up a time to meet.

How do you cite sources from the Internet?
Check out these links to the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, a useful resource for anything related to academic writing:

Citing Internet Sources in MLA

Citing Internet Sources in APA

Citing Internet Sources in Chicago Style

How can I become an ARC Tutor?

The ARC hires new tutors each spring for the following academic year. If you are a strong writer and have a desire to help your peers in their academic lives, we encourage you to consider applying. Watch for announcements or call Kristie Evans in the spring (early to mid March) to find out how to submit your application! Requirements include but are not limited to: a minimum GPA of 3.0; a graded writing sample from a Sweet Briar class; and two recommendations from professors. Hired tutors must enroll in the 1-credit English practicum, “Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring,” which meets in the fall semester; tutors are also expected to participate in ongoing monthly training meetings and in programs that help promote the ARC.