Department FAQ's

  • Is the ARC just for struggling students?

    Definitely not. The ARC is for any LMU student looking to take his or her academic success to the next level, whether in writing, study skills, time management, writing personal statements, or in other academic goals!

  • Do I need to make an appointment?

    We have a variety of services, from writing and content tutoring to First to Go. While many services are available for drop-in help, it depends on the service: for some, appointments are preferred. Please review those areas of our website, and then contact us if you have questions.

  • Where is the ARC located?

    We are located in Daum Hall, behind the Huesman and Doheny dorms.

    Map of Loyola Marymount University, Academic Resource Center

  • How much do your services cost?

    All ARC services are free with tuition, which means you must be a current LMU student to use the ARC.

  • Can I come to the ARC to use your computers, whiteboards, or group spaces?

    Yes, although their availability is subject to our tutoring schedule. The operational hours of the center are listed on our home page: these are the hours our doors are open. You are welcome to study here and use our resources. If your LMU group would like to request after-hours access for an academic-related special event or regular access (e.g. for a weekly study group), you may submit a request using our online form. Your request is subject to review prior to approval. If you have any questions about the requirements and process after reading the form, please email arc@lmu.edu.

  • What kind of tutoring do you offer?

    Tutoring offerings change every semester, but we have two types of tutoring:

      1. One-on-one writing tutoring, which can help you with any paper for any class on campus.  This is ideal for many core classes.
      2. Content tutoring, which mostly happens in a group setting and focuses on learning content specific to one course or discipline.

    If you would like support for a course for which there is no tutoring, consider forming a study group with guidance (and free stuff!) from the ARC. Check out our Tutoring page for current offerings. Check out our Programs page to learn more about how to start your own study groups.

    Additional FAQs in this area may answer your questions about tutoring.

  • Should I see my professor or go to the ARC for help with an assignment?

    We recommend that you always see a professor in office hours: they can best prepare you for the class. However, professors and tutors tend to offer complimentary services, so your best preparation will result from going to both!

     

  • Do you assist students with learning or behavioral disabilities?

    Our office shares space with Disability Support Services, with whom we work closely, to offer specialized services for students with learning or behavioral disabilities.

  • Can someone help me with English speaking and listening?

    You bet. Just call the receptionist to make a 30-minute appointment with an English conversation partner. You could also sign up for a weekly appointment with a conversation partner. This is a great way to increase your understanding of fast, blended American English in a friendly, supportive environment.

  • Can I make suggestions about ARC services?

    Absolutely! Please email arc@lmu.edu for any suggestions.  If you believe we don’t offer what you’re interested in, give us your feedback!

Still have questions? Contact us by calling the ARC front desk at 310-338-2847, or email us at arcrecep@lmu.edu.