Q: What is the Academic Resource Center?
A: The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is Brightpoint, becoming Brightpoint’s tutoring center dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals. The ARC provides free tutoring support for students in a wide variety of subjects, including writing, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), business, and study skills/tech help.
Q: What resources does the ARC provide?
A: The ARC offers drop-in tutoring at both the Midlothian and Chester campus (typically Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) in both our STEM and Writing centers, virtual weekend tutoring sessions, weekday zoom appointments, and online submission reviews for papers and Math questions. We can also help form student study groups, create a study plan for the semester, and help you write or refine resumes and scholarship essays. Additionally, we have online resources in the form of our LibGuides, which cover writing, math, science, and study skills. Finally, we offer multiple workshops throughout the semester, such as our Thesis Statement Workshop and our TEAS Prep workshops. All links to our services, including Zoom meetings and appointment forms, can be found above.
Q: What are the operational hours of the ARC?
A: The ARC is open for drop-in tutoring Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at both the Midlothian and Chester ARC. Weekday Zoom appointments are available Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tutoring sessions are based on tutor availability and are available through EAB Navigate in the myBrightpoint portal.
Q: What subjects do your tutors cover?
A: Check out our Course Proficiencies List to see what subjects our tutors cover. This list is updated each semester. Need help with a class, but don’t see it listed here? Email us!
Q: Can I request a specific tutor?
A: We cannot guarantee that a specific tutor will be available when you enter the ARC. Tutor availability is subject to change. We do not accept requests for specific tutors for after-hours appointments.
Q: Does the ARC help with specific math problems?
A: Yes, our math tutors can help you with whatever problem you are working on, given that it is not for a quiz/test/exam.
Q: How do I share my screen in Zoom?
A: When you are in a breakout room on Zoom, there will be a green button at the bottom of the window (next to the chat feature) that says, “share screen." After clicking it, you will be prompted to choose which window or application you wish to share. Select the appropriate window and click the blue “share” button. The tutor should now be able to see your screen.
Q: How does the appointment system work?
A: Students are able to schedule weekday zoom appointment and/or after-hours appointments by using EAB Navigate in the myBrightpoint portal. Appointments are subject to tutor availability.
Q: Does the ARC notify instructors?
A: Yes. Every time you come into the ARC, we log you into our system, which will automatically email your instructor at the end of the day to let them know you came to see us.
Q: Do instructors conduct student engagement hours in the ARC?
A: Many instructors will have their student engagement hours in the ARC, but others will host their own Zoom meetings or meet in their offices. It is best to ask your instructor for clarification.
Q: What is a citation and how do I create one?
A: A citation is an in-text acknowledgement of the source from which you got your information. This often involves referencing the name of the author or the name of the source itself. These references are required in any academic paper and are crucial to avoiding plagiarism. Our Style Guides LibGuide can walk you through the creation of a citation, or you can come talk to one of our writing tutors!
Q: How do I create a Work/s Cited page?
A: This will depend on which style your professor has asked you to use. You can visit our Style Guides LibGuide for information on each type, or you can ask one of our writing tutors for help.
Q: Can you suggest a graphing calculator?
A: Each class you take will have different requirements for the type of calculator you can use. It is best to consult your syllabus or ask your instructor what they recommend. Our tutors sometimes use Desmos, an online graphing calculator, which they find useful.