One of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Academic Resource Center is "What advice would you give to an incoming student?". One really important thing to keep in mind is that Whitman's rigorous academic environment often requires changes to the study habits that got you here. The combination of unstructured time, increased independence, and the accelerated pace and intensity of academic work can be really hard to balance!

We also find that students often view academic success as "earned" only if it's been an individual personal struggle. However, there is tremendous value in reaching out for help and accepting it when it is offered. We're here to help you study more effectively so that you can reach your academic goals without sacrificing your other commitments or finding yourself unable to relax and enjoy social or personal time. 

How can the ARC help?

  • Academic Coaching meetings: One-on-one sessions designed with your particular goals in mind. Strategies and topics can include goal-setting, time management, reading and study strategies, and overcoming procrastination. Regular meetings also encourage accountability and can build towards establishing personal accountability.
  • Skill-building workshops and sessions: Common topics include time management, note-taking, critical reading skills, test-taking strategies, and managing test anxiety. We can also bring our workshops to your student organization or campus office! Please contact arc@whitman.edu to schedule a workshop.
  • Four-year planning: Chart your course of study, check your academic evaluation, and set realistic and attainable goals with an ARC staff member!
  • Handouts and planners: We have hard copies available in our office and electronic versions online.

Where is the ARC located?

Come visit us in Memorial 325! Memorial Hall is often called "Mem" for short, and our office is located on the third floor, paired with the Dean of Students Office. If you enter the building using the main entrances, we're up one floor. You can also call us at (509) 527-5213 or email arc@whitman.edu for assistance.