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Learning Assistance & Resource Center


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Learning Assistance & Resource Center

224 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2535
Fax: 610-436-2600


Academic Success Workshops

The Academic Success Workshop (ASW) is a program designed to teach students general study skills, class participation, and time management methods which are applicable to all courses and programs of study. It consists of four one-hour workshops facilitated by experienced tutors at various times over the course of four weeks. The ASW is offered twice per semester. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact the Graduate Assistant, Kathryn McCreesh at 610-436-2187 or email

Professors and Staff members may request sessions of the ASW to be presented at group meetings by contacting the Graduate Assistant at the number above.

Topics include: Time Management, Note Taking, Test Taking/Test Anxiety, and Short Essay Writing.

Please click here to register for an ASW session.

All sessions will be held in 226 Lawrence (conference room).

ASW Sessions

Time Management
Monday, March 24th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Test Taking/Test Anxiety
Monday, March 31st
Wednesday, April 2nd 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Note Taking
Monday, April 7th

Wednesday, April 9th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Essay Writing

Monday, April 15th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 17th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Other Helpful Sites:

Top Smartphone Aps:

  1. JotNotPro (note taking) - After a picture of text is taken, the app turns it into a PDF file (costs 99 cents).
  2. CourseSmart (textbooks) - Offers free iPhone app to read books purchased through its online service.
  3. GoodReader and Evernote (scholarly article reading) - Allow readers to highlight and take notes on any PDF saved to the system.


The LARC now offers review sessions for students who need to take the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA). Reviews for the reading, writing, and math portions of the PAPA exam are offered by experienced LARC tutors. Sessions during the academic year are eight weeks long, and those offered during summer sessions and over breaks are accelerated. Cumulatively, the sessions cover the skills, material, and techniques that will enable students to take and pass the PAPA.

Topics include:

  • Critical thinking required for writing clear essays and for accurately evaluating what mathematical operation is needed
  • Test-taking techniques
  • Specific content and skills covered by the writing and math tests

For information about the PAPA itself, contact the College of Education at 610-436-2321. For more information about the PAPA review sessions, contact the LARC at 610-436-2535. Non West Chester Students may register and take the sessions for a nominal fee.

Registration for the PAPA Workshops is now closed. If you are intersted in private PAPA tutoring, please contact the LARC.


Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM - UNA 125 Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 PM - UNA 161


Mondays 5:30-7:00 PM - UNA 158 Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 PM - UNA 162


Tuesday 2:30-3:30 PM - BRN004 Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 PM - UNA 158

Sessions will run from February 10th - April 9th with the week of Spring Break off.


Did you know that WCU is now offering FREE Online Tutoring through Smarthinking? Tutors are trained to provide high quality learning assistance to your students, up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Accounting Calculus Intro. Finance Physics
Algebra Economics Intro. to Human A&P Spanish
Basic Math Gen. Chemistry Liberal Arts Math Statistics
Biology Geometry Organic Chemistry Writing

Smarthinking “strives to assist students in developing successful learning and problem-solving strategies that will help them succeed in the classroom.” The addition of Smarthinking to the services currently offered by the LARC will allow students the opportunity to access free online tutoring 24/7 in the comfort and convenience of any space where internet access is available.

If you would like further information about Smarthinking, or schedule an in-class presentation/ demonstration please contact us.

Smarthinking is ideal for...

  • students who have not been able to take advantage of the LARC’s “in-person” tutoring because of commuting and/or scheduling conflicts
  • athletes
  • commuter students
  • non-traditional students
  • working students

Smarthinking provides students the flexibility and freedom to use tutoring services at their own pace, in their own timeframe, and in a variety of locations. Students must register with the LARC in order to receive a code to access Smarthinking for free.

To register for online tutoring contact:
Joseph Mignone
224 Lawrence Center, cube E