Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) located?

The ARC is located in the Arts & Science Building in Suite 202 (right next to the Writing Center). The ARC coordinates the tutoring schedules for the following centers and departments:

  • Math Learning Lab: AS 108
  • Language Tutoring: AS 202, 208
  • Online Writing Lab: The O.W.L.
  • The Writing Center: AS 206
  • Other academic departments

Which students benefit from working with an ARC tutor?

  • Students who may need additional help in a subject
  • Students who like to work with peers that have taken the course before, in order to gain a better understanding of how the course is set up
  • Students who want to improve their study habits
  • Students who want to maintain or improve their grade
  • Students who want to brush up on their language skills

How much does it cost to work with an ARC tutor?

Nothing! All services are free to Seton Hall students.

What subjects are available through the ARC?

The ARC is proud to offer tutoring in over 40 subjects. See our Tutoring Schedule for a complete list. Peer tutors are equipped to tutor a variety of subjects, including (but not limited to):

  • Core
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • and More!

Who are ARC tutors?

ARC tutors include peer tutors, graduate tutors, and faculty tutors. Tutors assist students with mastering their course content, sharpening their testing and writing skills, and maximizing their potential for academic achievement.

Do I have to make an appointment to meet with a tutor? 

We offer drop-in tutoring in the ARC (Arts and Sciences Hall, Suite 202) for most of our subjects; no appointments are necessary. Check our Tutoring Schedule for specific subjects.

For individual and group tutoring, appointments can be made online through Starfish.

  1. Click on PirateNet (
  2. Log into Blackboard
  3. Click on the tab for Starfish (top menu bar)
  4. Click on "My Success Network" and select "Academic Resource Center (ARC)"
  5. You can set up an appointment by time and date or use the search bar to type in a subject (i.e. Biology)
  6. A list of tutors will appear. Click on the schedule next to the tutor's name to set up an appointment, or check the Tutoring Schedule for drop-in hours.
  • For the Writing Center, appointments should be made online through Starfish. Call (973) 761-9000, ext. 7501 for more information.
  • For the Math Learning Lab (AS108), view the Tutoring Schedule for drop-in times.

What can I expect from my tutor during a session?

Peer tutoring sessions last one hour. Together a tutor and their tutee set and develop strategies to achieve academic goals. Tutoring sessions are meant to supplement what is done in the classroom and during the student's study time, not substitute for it. Tutors are expected to provide guided practice for students and assist in learning the concepts covered in the course. They can also help students utilize strategies such as reviewing class materials, discussing the text, and working on sample problems. All sessions revolve around the students' academic needs.

What can my tutor expect from me during a session?

Tutors expect that you will arrive on time to your session and be prepared to work. They will expect you to bring the necessary course materials and be an active participant in the tutoring session. Show respect to your tutor and your time together. Avoid texting, e-mailing, and making and receiving phone calls during your time together unless it relates directly to the work at hand.

What should I bring to my session?

The more prepared you are for your appointment, the more your tutor can help you. You should bring to each session a pen, paper, their laptop, assignments, class notes, calculator (if necessary), and textbooks along with other material relevant to the work at hand.

Can I set up regular appointments with the same tutor?

Yes!   You will make the most academic progress with regular appointments.

Where should I meet my tutor?

Most tutoring appointments take place in the ARC (Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 202) or in the Walsh Library. For after business hours, all tutoring appointments must take place on campus, in public areas that are conducive to your ability to learn.

Contact Us

Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
(973) 761-9108
Arts & Sciences Hall Rm. 202

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