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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

  • Director: Gerardina Martin 610-738-0496
  • Asst. Director: Courtney Lloyd 610-436-2402
  • Clerical Support: Bernadette Forte 610-436-2535


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 graduate students 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, Amanda Machonis, 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:

  • Note Taking: College Edition
  • No Fear Test Taking: Reducing Test Anxiety
  • Don't Put This Workshop Off Until Tomorrow: Time Management Strategies
  • Get It WRITE: Short Essay Skills and APA Format

All sessions will be held in 226 Lawrence.

ASW Sessions

Note Taking: College Edition
Monday, February 2, 2015: 8-8:50 PM
Thursday, February 5, 2015: 2-2:50 PM

No Fear Test Taking: Reducing Test Anxiety
Monday, February 9, 2015: 8-8:50 PM
Thursday, February 12, 2015: 2-2:50 PM

Don't Put This Workshop Off Until Tomorrow: Time Management Strategies
Monday, February 16, 2015: 8-8:50 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2015: 2-2:50 PM

Get It WRITE: Short Essay Skills and APA Format
Monday, February 23, 2015: 8-8:50 PM
Thursday, February 26, 2015: 2-2:50 PM

Other Helpful Sites:

Top Smartphone Apps:

  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 offers review sessions for students who need to take the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA). Reviews for the reading, writing, and math portions PAPA exam are offered by experienced LARC tutors and graduate students. Sessions during the academic year are eight weeks long.

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, reading, and math tests

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

You do not need to register for all three content areas. You may register for only the areas needed. Please select which day/time you can make for each workshop session.

Math Workshop Sessions

Mondays: 4:00 - 5:25pm
UNA 125
2/9 - 4/6

Tuesdays: 4:00 - 5:25pm
UNA 161
2/9 - 4/6

Thursdays: 4:00 - 5:25pm
UNA 161
2/12 - 4/9

Writing Workshop Sessions

Wednesdays: 2:00 - 3:30pm
UNA 158
2/11 - 4/8

Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:30pm
UNA 158
2/11 - 4/8

Reading Workshop Sessions

Tuesdays: 2:00 - 3:25pm
AND 019
2/10 - 4/7

Wednesdays: 5:45 - 7:00pm
UNA 158
2/11 - 4/8


Did you know that WCU offers 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!



Basic Math




Gen. Chemistry


Intro. Finance

Intro. to Human A&P

Liberal Arts Math

Organic Chemistry





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 to 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