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Academic Resource Center

A rigorous academic program requires students to have the right tools, skills, and expert assistance when questions arise. In the Academic Resource Center (ARC), our mission is to provide all three. Kent’s motto – Simplicity of Life, Directness of Purpose, and Self-Reliance – speaks directly to our work in the ARC. We encourage students to set their own goals and find new ways to organize and prioritize their academic lives.

Some of the services we offer include: 

  • guiding students to develop effective reading and note-taking skills, study strategies for homework and tests, and improved time management
  • teaching students how to set academic goals, and helping them find the discipline and focus to achieve their goals through specific action plans
  • providing feedback throughout the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revising
  • helping writers clarify their ideas and reach a clearing understanding of what they want to say

Located in the library, the ARC is open at two different times each academic day. From 8am-4pm, academic coaches work with students in one-on-one meetings. During study hall from 8-10pm, an English teacher is available to offer feedback on writing of all sorts, including expository essays, research papers, college essays, and creative writing. 

Students can drop by the ARC without an appointment, or teachers and advisors may refer a student for required visits. Best of all, ARC services are offered to all Kent students free of charge. 

Through our jobs program, Peer Tutors are available in the library during study hall. These students are vetted by our academic departments and trained by ARC staff before taking on this highly responsible job. Peer Tutors currently assist in research, writing, math and the sciences. In addition, students can always meet with Kent faculty during conference periods and study hall for more specific content-area assistance. 

To learn more about academics at Kent, view our brochure.