Academic Resource Center

For Fall 2020, tutoring and other support services will be offered remotely. 

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is the University's centralized location for academic support. The ARC is located in Keiss Library and Learning Commons on the Gwynedd Valley campus and offers the following services:

APA 7th Edition Resources (Student Version)


MLA Resources (8th Ed.)


Writing Resources


Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is available to all university students who would like to enhance their general academic skills. Students can meet one-on-one with an Academic Coach or attend workshops throughout the year to work on skills such as:

  • Time management
  • Studying Skills
  • Reading Strategies
  • Note Taking Skills

Tutoring – Course Content

Tutoring sessions are scheduled for half-hour or one-hour sessions for a one-time appointment or weekly throughout the semester.  While the ARC welcomes walk-ins, high-demand, open time slots can fill up quickly, so we encourage scheduling appointments in advance.

We will:

  • Encourage independent and intentional learning
  • Expect student to come with specific questions that demonstrates prior effort
  • Review practice problems and the concepts behind homework problems

But we cannot:

  • Teach course material in lieu of going to class
  • Discuss homework that has not already been submitted
  • Help students who come unprepared

Students may schedule regular tutoring appointments (e.g. weekly, biweekly, etc.) for a specific subject with a particular tutor. However, if three appointments are missed without first cancelling, we will not be able to make appointments for the remainder of that particular semester for that student.  To cancel or reschedule an appointment, contact the ARC at 267-448-1370, or

Writing Tutors – Peer and Professional

Writing tutoring is available to help students write for any course – and at any stage of the writing process, including pre-writing.  Writing tutorials are available in-person and via email with the writing specialist.

Writing Tutors Can Help Students:

  • Overcome frustration by asking questions to assist with writing a thesis statement and topic sentences, and more
  • Strengthen the clarity and focus by making suggestions to revise ideas and sentences and apply grammar and style guidelines
  • Recognize and revise patterns of writing error and overcome personal writing challenges

Writing Tutors Cannot:

  • Proofread any part of a paper or guarantee a certain grade
  • Give meaningful feedback on a paper on the same day the paper is due
  • Write or tell students what to write for any part of a paper

Math Tutors – Peer and Professional

In addition to professional tutoring, the Math Specialist offers workshops on a variety of Math topics and also oversees Math Modules, a series of math lessons and problems designed to help students understand the topics they need for the next mathematics course required by their major.

Academic Information Sessions and Workshops

Academic Information Sessions and Workshops on APA format, study skills, test-taking, and note-taking are offered to assist students 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.

To register for an advertised information session or workshop, email at, visit our office, or call 267-448-1370. Due to limited space, please reserve a seat at least one day in advance.

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 Writing Information Session topics include:

  • Organizing a paper in APA Format’s 7th Edition
  • Using MS Word to Format APA 7th Edition
  • Writing an APA Annotated bibliography
  • MLA Format Review
  • Punctuation Review


Contact the ARC

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


Meredith J. Hoch-Oescher, Dean of Student Success 
EdD, Higher Education, Immaculata University
MA, English, The College of New Jersey
BA, English, East Stroudsburg University

Kim A. Logan, Academic Advisor and Academic Coach
MBA, Gwynedd Mercy University
MA, English, Arcadia University
BBA, Finance, Temple University

Allyson K. L. Waylen, Academic Advisor and Academic Coach
MS, Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs, West Chester University
BA, Psychology, Temple University

Stephanie Alderfer, Director, Tutoring Services & Placement Assessment
MS, Education, Gwynedd Mercy University
BS, Business Administration and Elementary Education Certification, Gwynedd Mercy University

Tami Nosal, Writing Specialist
MA, Writing Studies, St. Joseph's University
BA, English, Rutgers University
215-646-7300, ext. 21108

Joseph Azzarano, Math Specialist
BS, Mathematics, Gwynedd Mercy University
215-646-7300 ext. 21828

Brandi Crawford, Director of Accessibility Services
MSW, Temple University
BA, Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
215-646-7300, ext. 21014

Erik Azzarano, Testing Coordinator
BS, Psychology/Game Design and Development, Rochester Institute of Technology
215-646-7300, ext. 21463