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Academic Resource Center: ARC: Academic Resource Center

Academic Resource Center on 2nd Floor

Meet Our Staff: Virginia Demers


Director of Academic Resource Center

Over my 20-plus years at Ringling College, I've gained a great respect for the talent and work ethic of Ringling College students. But every student sometimes needs a bit of support--whether for writing an essay on a difficult subject or fitting in all your work while still getting sleep. The ARC has a wonderful staff--both student and professional--and our mission is to coach you to success. So make an appointment for help with writing, reading and study or time management.  

Meet Our Staff: Paula Jawitz


Reading and Study Specialist

“The strategies I teach are individualized to each student’s unique cognitive style, strengths and weaknesses, and the demands of their major and current project,” says Dr. Paula Brooks Jawitz. Dr. Jawitz provides students with individualized strategies to read, understand and remember content for exams, and plan your time to ensure that you get your assignments completed and be able to sleep, eat, and socialize. Come take control of your learning! Paula Jawitz, Ph.D.

Meet Our Staff: Barbara Gentry


Reading and Study Specialist

“I believe all students have the ability to succeed, and I’m passionate about helping each student develop the tools necessary to unlock his or her potential,” says Barbara Gentry, one of the center’s study and learning specialists. “I work with individuals to develop skills in test preparation, project completion, note taking, reading comprehension, and time management.”


Welcome to the RCADs Academic Resource Center


The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides a variety of services to Ringling College students, including writing assistance, test preparation and study skills instruction, help with English as a Second Language and time management

How We Can Help


Writing Help (45 minutes): 

Ringling's staff of Writing Consultants can help with any phase of the writing process and any questions, concerns or problems related to writingfrom finding a topic to dotting those i's and crossing the t's (metaphorically speaking). If you have a long composition or anticipate needing lots of editorial and proofreading help, you may want to reserve back-to-back appointment slots. 



Reading and Study Help (1 hour):

Paula Jawitz and Barbara Gentry, Ringling's Reading and Study Specialists, provide students with expert training for time management, reading, test preparation, annotation (taking notes while reading), and discovering the best approaches for you as an individual learner. 



Time Management (1 hour):

We can start you on a path to better management of time and projects! Appointments begin with an overview of your present obligations. You'll leave with a personalized, hour-by-hour and day-by-day schedule for all your activities. 

Contact Us

Academic Resource Center
Alfred R. Goldstein Library, 2nd Floor - Room 211