The Academic Resource Center!

Welcome!

The ARC is a welcoming place for all students to come for tutoring help. Students are invited to simply fill out a "Tutor Request Form", which is available in the ARC or can be printed from this webpage. You need one form for each class in which you want help and you need to list all possible times you are available for tutoring. You will be matched with qualified peers or volunteers from the community who are eager to tutor at convenient times in the ARC. Most students meet once or twice a week with their tutors. Food is allowed in the room, so lunchtime is popular! The ARC is open until 4:00 each day, so many tutoring sessions also occur after school.

Getting Involved

Becoming a Tutee

Students are invited to simply fill out a "Tutor Request-Tutee's Form", which is available in the ARC or can be printed from this webpage. You need one form for each class in which you want help and you need to list all possible times you are available for tutoring. You will be matched with qualified peers or volunteers from the community who are eager to tutor at convenient times in the ARC. Most students meet once or twice a week with their tutors. Food is allowed in the room, so lunchtime is popular! The ARC is open for an hour after school each day, so this is also a popular time to come. Come prepared to ask questions, to work hard, to build a great friendship, and to see better grades in your classes.

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Becoming a Tutor

We encourage AP students and others who feel competent to tutor specific subjects to fill out an .Academic Tutor Scheduling Form., which is available in the ARC or can be printed from this webpage. You will be matched with a student who is available when you are and who expects to meet with you on a regular basis.

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Hours

Large study rooms

Weekdays, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Office, Testing, Textbooks, Small Study Rooms

Monday 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Rules

  1. Quiet talk is allowed. Loud talking is not allowed. Remember - there are often students taking tests.
  2. You may eat in the ARC as long as you clean up after yourself. If you leave "junk" around, you'll lose the privilege.
  3. Show your respect for your peers. Sometimes it's crowded. See what you can do to make being in the ARC a pleasant experience for all involved.
  4. The Student Use...Suply Drawer is filled with items you can use in the ARC. Use it freely, but remember to return whatever you borrow.
  5. Textbooks may not be taken out of the ARC. Make sure you check-out all textbooks for use in the ARC (so we'll know who has them if someone else is waiting for a book).
  6. If your are not sure about something- ask!

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Tips for Tutors

  1. Please be committed to consistently keeping your tutoring appointments. It is important that you arrive on time and promptly begin your tutoring work. If you cannot keep a tutoring appointment, please tell an ARC Staff member. Tutees get discouraged if you don't show up to help them!
  2. When meeting your tutee, be relaxed and friendly. Leam your tutee's name and pronounce it correctly.
  3. Give your tutee your undivided attention while you are tutoring. Body language is important for effective communication. Make eye-contact, speak slowly, and wait for your tutee's reply. Use scratch paper to write down keywords and concepts that your tutee may review later.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the textbook used. You may need to help the tutee with basic study skills, such as looking up terms or concepts in the Index or Table of Contents.
  5. Ask open-ended questions. Instead of asking "What don't you understand?" (a question all students dread), try asking "What do you understand?" This gets things started in a positive way, and you will be able to sort out the areas that you need to explain or review. Encourage your tutee to think aloud and ask lots of questions.
  6. Offer encouragement, and praise all correct answers. If your tutee is unsure of an answer, promote your tutee's efforts to take a guess or think of possible solutions. If your tutee doesn't answer, give a hint or ask another question that might elicit the same answer, but be encouraging.
  7. Correct your tutee's work without being discouraging. Never make fun of answers. If an answer is incorrect, give clues to help discover the correct answer. If parts of the answer are correct, positively identify the parts successfully completed. This will help your tutee to identify the part that contains the mistake. Once your tutee discovers the correct answer, repeat or paraphrase the question, have your tutee repeat or write the right answer in his/her notes. Provide respectful and positive affirmation of all accomplishments your tutee achieves.
  8. Tutor with the idea that you are helping your tutee to teach him/herself. Don't do your tutee's class work. Allow for some failure and learning to take place. Although it is quicker, easier, and less frustrating to do the work for your tutee, it is of little permanent value. Your tutoring will help instill good study skills and self-confidence.
  9. Sometimes you may feel that you are making little or no progress with your tutee. Try to not get frustrated. If you have given your best effort and have truly tried to help your tutee, you have been successful.
  10. End the session on a positive note, and hopefully with a plan to meet again and regularly. Turn in the ARC Tutoring Record to the ARC staff, letting us know if you wish this to be applied to class credit or to Community Service hours.
  11. Prepare yourself for the great feelings you get when you know you've helped someone succeed. We really value your efforts and we know your tutee does too!

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Tips for Tutees

  1. Please be on time!! Tutors get discouraged if you don't come! If you can't make it to an appointment please notify the ARC staff.
  2. Bring the study materials you need: your textbook, homework, or lecture notes.
  3. Before the session, complete as much of the work as possible, even if you think what you are doing is not correct, so that you and your tutor have a place to start. It gives the tutor an idea about where you need clarification. Try to have some questions in mind, or even written down. Remember, your tutor is not there to do your homework for you. If you are stumped at the beginning, come in anyway - you and your tutor can start from there.
  4. Listen carefully to your tutor and ask questions during the session.
  5. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. We all make mistakes! Your tutor is here to help you.
  6. Follow the recommendations of your tutor. S/he has experience in the subject and can make useful suggestions.
  7. Try to work with the same tutor throughout a semester, but if you need to change tutors, it's okay. Let the ARC Staff know if any problem arises with a tutor, and they will help you resolve the challenge.
  8. Prepare yourself for the great feelings you get when you have completed a good tutoring session. Your homework will become easier, and your grades will effectively improve!

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Other Services

Group Studying

Group studying is also popular in the ARC, because of the available chalkboard, some supplies (marker pens and pencils, notecards, rulers, scissors, etc.), and large tables. Two iMac computers, with access to internet and printer, are also available.

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Textbooks

The ARC keeps many of the textbooks used in PALY classes, plus some older editions which are still very useful. You may sign one out at a time. These must stay in the ARC, as they are heavily used during tutoring sessions and for group study, and cannot be replaced.

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Make-up Exams

Come during times when the office portion of the ARC is open and tell the staff person the name of the teacher and the class for which you need to make up a test. There is quiet space for test-taking. You will be required to follow instructions the individual teachers give to the ARC staff, and you will be held accountable for following PALY.s Academic Honesty Policies.

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Staff

Name Email Phone
Fatima Jinnah fjinnah at pausd dot palo-alto dot ca dot us 329-3846
Nancy Mayo nmayo at pausd dot palo-alto dot ca dot us 329-3846

Alex·Dehnert