Spaces and Services in the Douglass Academic Resource Center (DARC)

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SPACES

  •  The Common Room
  •  Conference Room
  •  Individual and Group Study Rooms
  •  Computer Lab

SERVICES

  •    Peer Tutoring
  •    Academic Skills Enhancement Coaching
  •    Study Groups
  •    Writing Workshops
  •    Reserved Course Material
  •    Scheduling and Testing
  •    Final Exam Reviews
  •    Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
  •    Seminars and Workshops
  •    Reference Librarians
  •    Computer Access (desktop/wireless) and Printing
  •    Additional Campus Resources

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutors begin the third week of classes and end the last week of classes. This service is available during the fall and spring semesters only. Tutors attend weekly meetings with the Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist to identify and address faculty and student concerns. Course instructors may also be in attendance to offer best practices advice.

Walk-in Group Tutoring

The College offers walk-in tutoring in some first-year courses. Tutors stationed in study rooms in Douglass Academic Resource Center and at labs in Dansby Hall and Brawley Hall are available to assist students. No appointment is necessary and students are free to walk in anytime to work with a tutor. Space is limited.

One-on-One Tutoring

Subjects tutored vary by semester based upon the subjects offered by paid tutors and student volunteers. Students are required to sign up one week in advance. Sessions per subject are limited to one hour per week.

Academic Skills Enhancement Coaching

Academic coaching is available to help students overcome obstacles that may interrupt or impede their academic progress and achievement. An Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist trained in teaching effective college success skills is available to help students identify their unique learning strengths, develop individual plans for academic support, and promote self-confidence and agency.

One-on-one coaching and group meetings aimed at further developing skills include:

  • improving study habits
  • time management
  • prioritizing & motivation
  • test-preparation/ test anxiety
  • memory strategies
  • note-taking

In one-on-one sessions, the content and structure of each coaching session is determined collaboratively by the student and the Specialist. All sessions are conducted by appointment or during open office hours and are confidential.

The Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist and peer tutors are available to visit classes, present at meetings to discuss best learning practices. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Writing Workshops

The Center assists student writers by offering individualized feedback on their writing, at any stage of the process, including understanding the assignment, brainstorming, forming a thesis, developing content, organizing ideas, and learning proofreading skills. Content and expectations are provided by course instructors.

Study Groups

Study group leaders review course material with students and integrate study strategies—note taking, problem solving, and test preparation—that link course content with cognitive skill development. Study group leaders are trained and supervised Morehouse students recommended by professors in the department. They are not course instructors and are present only to facilitate a study session.

Scheduling and Testing

Standardized tests/assessments (including the Foreign Language Placement Exam for all incoming students) offered by Morehouse College may be administered in The Learning Resource Center to place students in appropriate courses. The Center can also serve as an alternative test location as well as provide a separate room for testing. Students will have a room alone (with a proctor) or a proctor in visual contact at all times. Instructors must request this service.

Final Exam Review Sessions

During the Reading Period, course instructors may reserve the Center for final exam reviews. The sessions may be led by the instructor or an instructor designee.

Reserved Course Material

Instructors and students who have completed courses may contribute textbooks, graphing calculators, and other study aids for use in the Center. Inquire at the Information Desk.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The Center can help accommodate students with disabilities:

  • Requires requests from the student, appropriate documentation and prior approval from Disability Services.
  • Accommodations must be approved a minimum of one week prior to the testing date
  • The Disability Services staff may adjust test times/dates to accommodate student/staff needs

Seminars and Workshops

The Learning Center holds free seminars and workshops on a variety of topics that provide techniques and strategies to help students succeed at Morehouse and beyond. Programs may be offered by Center Staff, registered Student Organizations, Faculty Around Campus, etc.

Reference Librarians

Librarians visit the Center to provide students one-on-one services and assist students with utilizing Robert Woodruff Library resources effectively.

Computer and Printing Services

The computer lab gives patrons access to:

  • 37 terminals  
  • MyPortal & Internet
  • Virtually all databases and online resources licensed by Woodruff Library
  • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Printers