About the Academic Resource Center

Mission Statement

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University exists to support the academic mission of Harvard College and the GSAS by ensuring every student has full access to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. The ARC is committed to empowering students to reach their full academic potential in an inclusive and equitable academic environment. Using evidence-based methods and drawing on recent research in learning assistance, the ARC supports Harvard’s students in developing reading strategies, time management skills, and metacognitive approaches to learning. Students will have access to consultations, workshops, academic coaching, peer tutoring, and skills-based resources.

The staff at the ARC collaborate closely with each student’s advising network. At the ARC, you can expect to find workshops to help you develop time management skills, plan your semester, enhance your reading and retention, and approach your problem sets. You can learn more about your ideal learning styles and environments, how to customize your semester if you are returning from leave, and how to find and connect to instructional support opportunities with your instructors and courses. The ARC can support you if you are recovering from a concussion, resetting mid-semester, or writing your thesis. You can explore all of this and more through workshops or one-on-one coaching. If you have questions about other resources available, the staff at the ARC can direct you and connect you with them.


See our staff list: https://academicresourcecenter.harvard.edu/people-0


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Where is the ARC located?

The ARC is located at 1414 Massachusetts Avenue, floor 3R. This new, inclusive space is an accessible location, which offers students access to distraction-free spaces for group and individual study. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all ARC services will be provided remotely via Zoom for the remainder of  the Spring 2020 term.

Who should go to the ARC?

All College and GSAS students are welcome at the ARC.

Students enrolled in a degree program at the Harvard Extension School, Harvard Gradute School of Education, and Harvard Kennedy School are also welcome.

Whether you are a first-year student or about to graduate, the ARC has something for you: we believe in continual learning and improvement, and we believe that everyone can benefit from coaching.



Why should I come to the ARC?

Would you like to get more out of your classes? Read more effectively, finish your assignments with time to spare? Would you like to find that “aha!” feeling more often? Would you like to feel in charge of your schedule (and not the other way around)? The ARC is here to help with this and more – come see us to find out!

Am I in the right place for peer tutoring?

Yes! The ARC oversees administration of Peer Tutoring. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Peer Tutoring will be provided remotely via Zoom for the remainder of  the Spring 2020 term.

To learn more, visit our Peer Tutoring page here: https://academicresourcecenter.harvard.edu/peer-tutoring

The peer tutoring program typically starts accepting tutoring requests from tutees around the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the term. If you need assistance before then, e.g., tutor help for an off-cycle or late exam, we encourage you to talk with your instructor or please email academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu for additional help.

Before signing up for peer tutoring, please read our policy document, "Peer Tutoring Policy Information for Tutees." By requesting a tutor, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this policy.

Questions? Email academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu

Do I need a referral to use the resources at the ARC?

All Harvard College and GSAS students can access the full range of offerings at the ARC at any time. Please explore our services online or send an email; we are here to help!

GSAS enrolled degree candidates need to apply for funding for ESL peer consultations. HES enrolled degree candidates need a referral from HES for academic coaching. 

Who can use the ARC?

During the 2019-20 academic year, the ARC will continue to support enrolled degree candidates from: Harvard College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Extension School. GSAS enrolled degree candidates need to apply for funding for ESL peer consultations. HES enrolled degree candidates need a referral from HES for academic coaching. 

Does the ARC have student employment opportunities, e.g., Peer Tutors?

The ARC frequently posts openings for Peer Tutors (and occasionally office administrative work) on the Student Employment Office jobs database, https://seo-harvard-csm.symplicity.com/. We encourage you to begin your search there!

The ARC frequently recruits peer tutors, especially for STEM, quantitative, and problem-set courses. Although we have completed our hiring for Spring 2020, if you would like to be considered for next year, please email academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu. 

Please also read our Peer Tutoring Policy Document before applying. By applying to become a peer tutor, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the ARC peer tutoring policy.

To learn more, visit the Student Employment section of our site: https://academicresourcecenter.harvard.edu/student-employment