GMercyU students take advantage of the academic resources in Keiss Library and Learning Commons

Academic Resources

When you embark on your educational journey at GMercyU, you are not alone. From one-on-one tutoring and advising, to computer labs and workshops, we have many ways to help you meet your academic goals.

The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons offers a variety of resources to prepare you for academic and professional success.  

Academic Resource Center 

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is the University's hub of academic support. We offer the following services:

  • Tutoring (one-on-one and small group)
  • Academic advising for undeclared, undecided, and change of major students 
  • English and math placement assessments
  • Student computer lab
  • Testing accommodations
  • Academic workshops


The goal of tutoring is to encourage independent and intentional learning by fostering a supportive and open academic atmosphere, not to be a quick-fix service. 

Tutorials vary depending on the assignment and your needs. We schedule tutorials for half-hour or hour sessions. If an assignment is particularly long (more than 8 pages), please make several appointments in advance. If your time is limited, please indicate that to your tutor when your session begins.

You may schedule regular tutoring appointments (e.g. weekly, biweekly, etc.) for a specific subject with a particular tutor. However, if you miss two appointments in a row, your session will be removed from the schedule. 

Academic Workshops

Workshops on APA format, study skills, test-taking, and note-taking are offered to assist you with these foundational skills.  Additional workshops also are offered throughout the year based on student and faculty needs.

Our workshops are generally hour-long sessions. Documentation on workshop subject matter is provided to all attendees.

Register for a workshop

To register for an advertised workshop, email us at, visit our office, or call 267-448-1370. Due to limited space, you must reserve a seat at least one day in advance of each session you plan to attend.

The ARC offers these workshops and other academic services to all students, faculty and staff free of charge. To request a workshop for a class or peer study group, please call the ARC.

Some workshop topics include:

  • Organizing a paper in APA format 
  • Annotated bibliographies 
  • Writing a paper in MLA format 
  • Basic writing skills 
  • Writing a lesson plan 
  • Learning skills
  • Career Services workshops
  • Resume building
  • Interview skills
  • Job search


Writing tutoring is available to help students learn or advance their writing skills for any course. 

We will help you:

  • Improve your punctuation 
  • Learn strategies for overcoming poor spelling
  • Get started on a particular paragraph, essay or response you are working on
  • Get started on rough drafts, including writing topic sentences and thesis statements, and beginning your research paper or thesis
  • Strengthen the focus of your paragraph or essay
  • Revise a paragraph or essay according to your professor's suggestions
  • Master APA or MLA formatting procedures

What we don’t do:

  • Write any sentence or any part of your paragraph or essay for you (or tell you what to write)
  • Format your papers or sources for you
  • Offer our most helpful support if you come to the ARC the day (or even the day before) your paper is due
  • Proofread your paragraph or essay for you
  • Guarantee that you will get good grades

There are also numerous handouts and resources available to you on the Academic Resource Center's portal page. For more information on common grammar mistakes, tips on how to write and proofread papers, and how to write in APA format, click here.

Contact Us

We are located on the first floor of Keiss Library. While walk-in support is available, we recommend making an appointment (30 or 60 minutes).

Phone: 267-448-1370


During the academic year:
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.
Saturday by appointment only
Sunday: 1 p.m. –6 p.m

Summer hours:
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Meredith J. Hoch-Oescher, Director 
MA, English, The College of New Jersey
BA, English, East Stroudsburg University

Stephanie Alderfer, Assistant Director 
MS, Education, Gwynedd Mercy University
BS, Business Administration and Elementary Education Certification, Gwynedd Mercy University

Phil Hommer, Math Specialist 
BS, Mathematics, Virginia Tech and State University
215-646-7300, ext. 463

Tami Nosal, Writing Specialist
MA, Writing Studies, St. Joseph's University
215-646-7300, ext. 108

Ashley Fry, Academic Advisor
MA, Higher Education, University of Delaware

Jakita Price Johnson, Academic Advisor
BA, Economic and Education Administration, Bucknell