Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center helps students determine their personal academic needs and create an individualized Student Success Plan to aid their academic success at Cairn University. To utilize these services, stop by the Academic Resource Center or use the online resources. Services are free to all Cairn University students.

Disability Services

Disability Services

Policies and Procedures

Cairn University is committed to providing a supportive environment for students with disabilities to have equal access to curriculum and facilities. The University complies with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As part of the Academic Resource Center, Disability Services seeks to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to qualified students with disabilities, while promoting student responsibility, personal growth, self-advocacy, and independence.

Application for Accommodations

Students who wish to request accommodations are required to self-report their disability through submitting an Application for Accommodations along with documentation, and scheduling an appointment with Academic Resource Center staff. The disability services coordinator is Lisa Yoder, Director of the Academic Resource Center, 215.702.4518, lyoder@cairn.edu.

Each student who submits an Application for Accommodation is evaluated on an individual basis, and all disability-related information is kept confidential. If a student qualifies for academic accommodations, the disability services coordinator will generate (and send electronically to professors) an official Letter of Accommodation that specifies the student’s approved accommodations. In order for the professors to support the student in receiving the accommodations, the student is responsible to discuss the implementation of the approved accommodations.

Exam Accommodations

Students trying to schedule an exam in the Academic Resource Center must contact ARC Staff first to schedule an appointment. After an appointment is scheduled, students must complete the top portion of the Test Information Request Form and deliver it to their professor. Their professor will complete the Test Information Request Form and send it back to the Academic Resource Center with the exam.

Exams must be taken within 24 hours of the scheduled exam and should be scheduled early, to ensure that space is available.

Writing Lab

Writing Lab

Hours

Mon-Fri: 11am-5pm
Mon-Thu: 6-9pm
Saturday by appointment
Online assistance available for Online, Degree Completion, and Graduate students

Phone: 215.702.4545

ProofreadingFor one-on-one help with academic writing and assignments, students can visit the Writing Lab, located in the Academic Resource Center.

The Writing Lab is a tutoring service open to all undergraduate, graduate, and degree completion students. Students at all levels of writing ability can utilize the Lab as a resource for honing organizational, grammar, and formatting skills, as well as for assistance in communicating one’s own original ideas and writing style.

The Writing Lab works with writers at any stage of the writing process, from pre-writing to editing at the sentence level. Services are free of charge.

Stop by the Academic Resource Center or call to make an appointment or fill out the Inquiry Questionnaire.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services

Subject-Specific Tutoring

The Academic Resource Center is committed to providing tutoring for all subjects. For tutoring in Math, English Language Learning, Bible, Science, or any other subject, contact the Academic Resource Center or fill out the Inquiry Questionnaire.

Math Lab

The Math Lab is a tutoring service open to all undergraduate, graduate, and degree completion students. Students at all levels of mathematics can utilize the Lab as a resource for honing mathematical skills and better understanding material from class.

Stop by the Academic Resource Center or call to make an appointment or fill out the Inquiry Questionnaire.

English Language Partnerships

Students looking for assistance in improving their English speaking and listening skills can contact the Academic Resource Center to receive an English Language Partner. English Language Partners help students develop their English speaking and listening skills through real conversation and targeted exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the peer tutors and what do they do?

The ARC peer tutors serve to aid students in their education at Cairn by offering additional one-on-one help outside the classroom to meet the needs of students who are struggling with a specific subject or assignment.

Peer tutors provide explanations of specific subject-related concepts and ideas, as well as clarifications of assignment requirements when necessary.

Each peer tutor displays above proficient performance in the specific subject area and is therefore qualified to meet the needs of any student in that subject.


What subjects are available for tutoring?

The following subjects* are currently available for tutoring:

  • Bible (Intro to Bible, Intro to Christian Theology, Apologetics, Gospels, Pentateuch, etc.)
  • Humanities (Lit & Arts, Philosophy, World History, Sociocultural Studies, etc.)
  • Mathematics (Intro to Mathematical Thinking, College Algebra, Statistics, etc.)
  • Music (Music Theory, Aural Skills, etc.)

*If the subject for which you wish to request tutoring is not listed, please contact the ARC Presidential Intern. We may be able to assist you or direct you to other helpful resources.


How do I schedule a tutoring session?

The ARC tutoring service does not offer walk-in appointments; all scheduling for tutoring sessions must be made through the ARC Presidential Intern.

Please schedule your tutoring appointment at least two days in advance. If you wish to make your appointments recurring, please contact the ARC Presidential Intern to make any changes.

Each individual tutoring session is between 30 minutes to an hour long. The session must not exceed an hour. For additional time, please contact the ARC Presidential Intern to schedule a different appointment on another day.

If you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, please contact the ARC Presidential Intern.


What if I am late for my appointment?

Please arrive for your appointments on time, preferably 5 minutes in advance. In case of a lateness, please be advised of the following waiting times:

  • for a 30-minute session: 5 minutes into the session’s scheduled time
  • for an hour long session: 10 minutes into the session’s scheduled time

If you arrive for your appointment later than the above waiting times, your appointment will be cancelled. For regularly scheduled recurring appointments, two latenesses/no-shows will result in the cancellation of all recurring appointments and will require you to schedule each subsequent appointment individually.

When scheduling, please choose a time that is convenient for you. In case of a possible lateness, it is advisable to reschedule your appointment.


What should I bring to my tutoring session?

Please bring any relevant class materials, such as:

  • class syllabi
  • assignment requirements/rubrics
  • textbooks
  • Bible (for Bible tutoring)
  • notebook or scrap paper
  • writing utensils

You are also highly advised to bring your laptop/tablet and a planner/calendar to the session.


What else should I know about tutoring at the ARC?

The ARC tutoring service is free for all Cairn students and is not a private service: peer tutors offer explanations and clarifications of class material but do not reteach the class.

Tutoring sessions can take place at the ARC, the library’s curriculum lab, or any other public area on campus, as agreed between the tutor and the tutee.

The ARC tutoring service exists to help students with subject-specific content only. If you are seeking help for writing skills, please schedule a Writing Lab appointment by emailing writing_lab_sw@cairn.edu, or in person at the ARC.

Additional Services

Additional Services

Time Management

Time ManagementTime Management Sessions help students to plan their time and use it well. Come and learn how to prioritize, work ahead, be intentional, and feel the freedom that comes with a well-constructed schedule. In Time Management Sessions, Academic Coaches show students how to use class syllabi in conjunction with online and paper tools to manage their time better. This can be a one-time or weekly recurring session.

Stop by the Academic Resource Center or call to make an appointment or fill out the Inquiry Questionnaire.

Study Skills

Study SkillsWithin Study Skill Sessions, students will evaluate their own study habits as well as develop new study skills to help them become successful learners and test takers.

Stop by the Academic Resource Center or call to make an appointment or fill out the Inquiry Questionnaire.

Online "How-To" Workshops

Online WorkshopsFollow this link to access helpful workshops from the Academic Resource Center on our eLearning page. Workshops include:

  • Time Management
  • Study Skills
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • Reading Skills

Each workshop consists of a video followed by a brief quiz. To join, simply enroll as a student.

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

The Academic Resource Center is looking to hire motivated, academically competent student workers to help Cairn students achieve personal academic success. The student worker positions include:

  • Student Success Mentor
  • Writing Lab Peer Writing Mentor
  • Math Lab Tutor
  • Subject-Specific Tutor (e.g. music, science, etc.)
  • English Language Partner
  • Student Note-Taker

If you are interested in working for the Academic Resource Center, please stop by our office during open hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) for information about open positions, job descriptions, or any other inquiries. You may also contact us via email at academic.resources@cairn.edu.

Required Forms

  • Employee Hiring Documents Checklist
  • SW Authorization Form
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • W-4 Form*
  • I-9 Form*
  • Residency Certification Form*
  • Direct Deposit Authorization (optional)

*Required only for students who have NOT been previously employed by the University

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