The Academic Resource Center provides a variety of help for students in the areas of writing, science, mathematics, music theory, accounting and Spanish. This free assistance is available on a drop-in basis in Room 109A Davis Administration Building. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The Topeka Writing Center also is open during the week.
Fifteen peer-tutors, two professional writing tutors, and a professional math tutor offer one-on-one instruction for any type of writing, all levels of math, and all varieties of science. Students are asked to bring their assignments, drafts, and/or notes and handouts to facilitate tutoring.
The center is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. This means that we provide tutors with mandatory training and in-services on a variety of matters, and conduct a minimum of 25 hours of tutoring instruction each semester. Currently the center sees more than 3,500 visitors a year and completes more than 3,600 hours of tutoring.
Resources for all types of writing, particularly research and documentation style, are available below. The center keeps a variety of textbooks, handouts and dictionaries for student use. Students may use the computers to write papers, search databases and the Internet, access email, access Moodle, etc.
Group study sessions are scheduled before tests in most of the disciplines.
Students enrolled in Graduate School or the College of Adult and Professional Studies may elect to email their papers to the Academic Resource Center at ARC@friends.edu. This service exists throughout the year.
Along with quick writing advice, we have numerous grammar handouts, style and writing handbooks, several ESL (English as a Second Language) resources, dictionaries, individual grammatical software programs, and computers with Internet access, word processing and printing. In addition, specific workshops take place at various times throughout the year.
Handouts and Resources
Writing a Research Paper
- Examples of Argument for Support
- Guidelines for Attributing Quotes
- Tips to Avoid Plagiarism
- Rules for Writing Summaries
- Guidelines for Abstracts
- Punctuating Quotes
- Paraphrasing in Research Writing
Identifying and Correcting Punctuation/Grammar Problems
- Punctuation Rules
- Punctuating Quotes
- Common Capitalization Errors
- Basic Comma Rules
- Spotting Problem Sentences
- Fragment Problems/Run-On Errors
- Comma Splice Errors
- Parallel Structure Problems
- Active/Passive Voice Verbs
- Choosing the Appropriate Words
- Other Punctuation Rules
- Master of Arts in Teaching Action Research Project
- Prewriting Techniques
- Moving from Topic to Thesis Sentence
- Patterns of Organization
- Transitional Devices for Writing
- Writing a Critical Analysis
- Tips for Reading and Writing Poetry
Documenting Styles for Research
- APA Reference Sample Page
- APA Electronic Reference Citation Guide
- APA Title Page Format
- APA Use for In-Text Citations
- New Reference and In-Text Citations
- Basic Citation Style Chart
- Sample Title Page with First Page of Text
- Four-Page Sample (Includes title page, abstract, first page and references)
- MLA Works Cited Guidelines
Solving Math Problems/Tutorials
- Derivatives Tutorial
- Factoring Tutorial and Methods
- Fractions-Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
- Linear Inequalities and Graphing Tutorial
- Logarithms and Natural Logs Tutorial
- Statistics Tutorial
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of writing will the Writing/Academic Resource Center help me with?
Our staff will assist you with any type of writing, whether it be class essays, research projects, graduate theses, grant applications, biology reports or even history term papers. Just bring in your draft and assignment (class notes, handouts, syllabus, etc.), and we can help you.
Where is it located, and who helps you there?
Our main facility is located centrally on the main floor of the Davis Administration Building. For those students in Northeast Kansas, our Topeka Writing Center is also open during the week. Our staff is comprised of Friends University English instructors and student upperclassmen who have been through many hours of training to help you meet the demands of our faculty.
Besides tutoring, what does the Writing/Academic Resource Center offer?
Along with the quick writing advice you can receive, we have numerous grammar handouts; style and writing handbooks; several ESL (English as a Second Language) resources; dictionaries of all kinds; individual software programs for grammatical help; and computers with Internet access, word processing and printing. In addition, specific workshops are held at various times throughout the year.
How can I use the Writing/Academic Resource Center if I am not on campus during the hours the Center is open?
If you are in need of a resource handout, just access the link to our resources. If you are in need of help with a draft, you can email a Word document to email@example.com.