Learning Resource Network

What We Do

The Learning Resource Network is part of the Office of Academic Development and provides academic support services free of charge to all Arcadia Univerity undergraduate students. The LRN offers peer tutoring and reading/learning/study strategies.

The LRN works closely with faculty and students to provide academic support that takes into consideration the content area, professors’ teaching styles and expectations, and students’ learning styles and preferences. 

Disability Support Services (DSS) is closely associated with the LRN. Information regarding academic accommodations for students with disabilities can be found on their website.

Peer Tutoring

Fall 2018 tutoring has begun! 

Tutoring takes place in the LRN Lab in Knight Hall, Room 142. Please stop by the LRN to schedule an appointment. Appointments are recommended, but drop-in may be available. 

Recruiting Tutors

The LRN recruits for tutors in the Spring Semester for the upcoming academic year. Students who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to apply to be a tutor. Applications are available at the LRN. Typically, LRN peer tutors work with students only on those courses they have actually taken and successfully completed at Arcadia. In general, those who are recruited to be tutors are upper-class students who have taken a number of AU courses. The best candidates will be able to tutor a wide range of courses, particularly “high-demand” courses. However, the LRN hires peer tutors who are not only excellent all-round students, but also possess interpersonal abilities, good communication skills, and enthusiasm for their subject areas.

Students who are are interested in becoming a tutor must

  1. Complete an application;
  2. Receive a recommendation by a member of the faculty. A professor may write you a brief letter, e-mail Linda Pizzi (the Assistant Dean of Academic Development), or provide a signature on the application;
  3. Have a B or better in each course you list on your application;
  4. Maintain a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Once completed, the application can be sent to tutor@arcadia.edu or dropped off at the Learning Resource Network Lab in 142 Knight Hall. Applications should be received by mid-March of the Spring semester. Interviews are scheduled in April and May.

Group Tutoring and Study Sessions

In addition to individual tutoring, students can work with tutors in study groups or attend tutor-facilitated study sessions. Call or e-mail the LRN for the current schedule of group tutoring and study sessions. Students who would like to form a tutor-facilitated study group may contact Linda Pizzi at pizzil@arcadia.edu

Meet Our Staff

Linda M. Pizzi

Assistant Dean of Academic Development

Oversees Learning Resource Network (LRN) and Disability Support Services (DSS). Trains and supervises peer tutors. Provides critical thinking, reading, and learning strategies assistance for all students by appointment.

Gina Szweda

Administrative Assistant, Senior

Kathryn J. Duffy

Disability Services Coordinator

Works with students with disabilities to arrange reasonable accommodations. Serves as resource for ADA compliance for the campus community. Coordinates Accessibility Committee.

Jessica Holdren

Disability Specialist

Works with students with disabilities to arrange reasonable accommodations. Liaises with graduate schools and faculty. Provides support for students who are veterans. Contact person for testing room arrangements.