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What does the ARC provide?

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Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

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Peer and professional academic coaches (PACs) meet with students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills - online learning, organization, test taking, and more.

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Academic Workshops

Academic Workshops

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ARC staff faciliate workshops by request. These small group sessions provide students with opportunities to enhance their academic learning. Workshops are offered either in-person or online.

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Tutoring Central

Tutoring Central

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Get connected with tutoring centers and other academic support resources across campus. View a listing of courses supported by tutoring and make requests for tutoring.

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Mentoring Central

Mentoring Central

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Find mentors, mentoring programs, and access important mentoring resources.

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F1RST Faculty Mentoring

F1RST Faculty Mentoring

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First-generation faculty serve as mentors to ODU's first-generation students. Mentors and mentees communicate regularly through meetings, phone calls, and/or small social events.

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The Readiness Opportunities for Personal and Educational Success (ROPES) program supports new and incoming students in their transition to and through college.

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Custom Training

Custom Training

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ARC staff are available to facilitate trainings for tutor/mentor programs offered by offices, departments, and/or student organizations arcoss campus. View list of training options.

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Peer Academic Coaches Take Over ODU's Instagram Page

On National First-Gen Day, the ARC's peer academic coaches showcased a "day in the life" of a first-gen student.

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For faculty, staff, or student groups who need custom support offered by the Academic Resource Center

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Room 1313



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The ARC Sends Message to its Pre-College ROPES Participants

At the height of the pandemic, the Academic Resource Center's peer mentors sent messages of encouragement to students at Oscar Smith Middle School in Chesapeake, VA.

Meet the Staff

Marissa Jimenez

Marissa A. Jimenez

Director of Academic Resources & Coordinator of Center Operations

2016A Student Success Center

I am the Director of Academic Resources and Coordinator of Center Operations for the Office of Academic Success Initiatives and Support and the Academic Resource Center. With a background in secondary education and fifteen years of experience in higher education, I have provided support and guidance to students as they transition to, through, and out of college. As a first-generation college student, I'm familiar with the unique experiences of other first-gen students and have dedicated my work to provide services and programs for them. I have an MA in English - Professional Writing and am currently working towards a PhD in Instructional Design & Technology.

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Academic Resource Center at Old Dominion University. Here at the ARC, we believe that all students want and have the capacity to be successful both in and out of the classroom. In parternship with our colleagues within the the Office of Academic Success Initiatives and Support, we offer a variety of programs, resources, and high-impact educational activities to help students become successful. We coordinate tutoring on campus, we offer peer academic coaching and faculty mentoring, we facilitate small/large group workshops and training, and we partner with faculty and other offices on campus to support grants, academic initiatives, and the learning needs of all. Visit us on the 1st floor of Perry Library to learn more.

Innovative Projects & Future Directions


Using eLearning authoring tools like Articulate 360, particularly Rise, we've been able to explore the use of short, asynchronous learning modules for a variety of subjects. Microlearning via the use of online modules, is an easy and interactive way to scaffold content. Attached is a presentation we did for NCLCA in February 2021 that summarized our projects.

Tutor Matching Service

This upcoming Fall, we'll be launching Tutor Matching Service as a way to connect students and our community to ODU expertise and resources. The Academic Resources Center will be onboarding a process for training students and staff, not directly connected to a campus tutoring center, to serve as private tutors or mentors (both free and fee-based).

Diana Hernandez

Diana M. Hernandez

Assistant Director of Academic Resources

2016D Student Success Center

I am the Assistant Director of Academic Resources in the Academic Resource Center. I provide resources and trainings to faculty and staff to help students achieve academic success. Besides providing academic resources and assistance to faculty, staff, and students, I have experience working with and advising first-generation college students. To help guide and inform my work, I earned a Master Advisor Certificate, which emphasized the philosophy of advising as teaching. I have a Doctor of Education in Educational Studies, specializing in Eduational Leadership and Higher Education.

Taia Reid

Taia L. Reid

Assistant Director of Academic Readiness

2016E Student Success Center

I am the Assistant Director of Academic Resources. I provide mentorship experiences for pre-college and first-generation college students. Through my role, students can connect with other students, faculty, and staff to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. This role is exciting to me because it closely aligns with my interest in assisting first-generation, students from low SES, and urban backgrounds. I earned my master's degree in Higher Education at ODU, and I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. Through my role and educational experiences, I hope to create affordable and accessible pre-college educational experiences to all students who desire higher education.

Jessica Oszman

Graduate Assistant

1313 Learning Commons

Peighton Corley

Graduate Academic Coach

1313 Learning Commons


The Learning Center was formed in Spring 2018, when newer academic initiatives prompted the restructuring of staff and services.

The University moved toward a more decentralized model for tutoring, in which subject-specific tutoring centers were developed within the colleges. The Learning Center emerged as the leader in not only promoting tutoring services across campus, but as coordinators of tutoring who facilitated requests for tutoring, maintained the tutoring central website, and sought other resources to enhance the tutoring landscape at ODU.

In addition, the Learning Center grew its existing services - peer academic coaching, peer mentoring, workshops & resources - and also emerged as the leader in facilitating tutor/mentor training. Departments and programs across the institution request tutor/mentor training from our center.

What began with a few desks in an open space of the 2nd floor in the Student Success Center, grew into a full physical room, Room 2016A, in the Student Success Center.

In progress for Fall 2021, is a move to an even larger space within the suite - a space that will accommodate more appointments and more student resources and re-named the Academic Resource Center (ARC).

Spring 2018

Learning Center Space 2018

2nd Floor Lobby

Fall 2019

Learning Center Space 2020

Room 2016A

Fall 2021

Coming Soon!