Academic Resource Center

Academic Connections for Bryan Students

The ARC offers many services to help students succeed at Bryan College. We house freshman advising, peer subject tutoring, the writing center, individual success coaching, calling and career services, and the testing center. We also have study rooms available for use anytime, or to get a group together for a study session. We have free coffee available and occasional snacks, so come hang out with us! We’d love to get to know you!


Sun: CLOSED | Mon-Thur: 8:45 am – 11 pm | Fri: 8:45 am-5 pm

Comm Banner

“To connect with students where they are, to help them discover where they want to go, and to provide resources to guide them towards meaningful success.”



The ARC provides academic resources to help students succeed in their degrees.

Do I have to make an appointment?

We welcome all students to drop by and get to know our staff and services. We are available to answer questions and assist you in getting the tools you need to make the most of what we have to offer. Drop-in subject tutoring is available if the tutor is not committed to a previous appointment. The best way to get tutoring, coaching, advising, and testing is to make an appointment through the Penji app.

How do I make an appointment?

Download the Penji app on your phone or online, and follow the instructions to create an account., and follow the instructions to create an account. Once you’ve created an account, log in to Penji and select the community that meets your current need. Follow the instructions on the app to schedule an appointment. Follow the instructions to reserve a time slot for your appointment.

If you are a BCO or Dual Enrollment student, you too can use schedule a tutoring appointment using the Penji app. When making the appointment simply choose the tutor’s online option as your desired location.

What if I can’t make it to my appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please let us know immediately

Will my professor know that I visited the ARC?


What exactly happens in a tutoring appointment?

We don’t have a checklist of tasks to accomplish in each appointment; rather, we tailor each meeting to our client’s individual needs. Typically, we will ask what concerns you have and then go from there. (So bring your questions!)

Specifically, if you just want to talk about what you’re learning in class, we’re happy to listen and discuss it with you. If you’re having trouble understanding your textbook or class lectures, we can talk you through that information. If you want, we can give you study tips or help you review for exams.

What should I bring to my tutoring appointment?

You should bring anything that will help us accomplish your goals for your appointment. This often includes your:

  • Course textbook(s)
  • Class notes
  • Homework assignment (if you want to work on homework)

How do I become a tutor for the ARC?

You can apply online to Become a Peer Tutor.

What can the Writing Center do for me?

At the Bryan Writing Center, we believe that writers need readers. Why? Because writers write for readers. When you write, you participate in a conversation—a conversation between you and your reader. But unlike other kinds of conversations, your reader usually won’t have the opportunity to ask for more explanation, clarify the meanings of words, or point out gaps in your logic. Talking through your writing with another person helps you identify potential questions about it so you can make it clearer and more convincing—before you present your finished work to your audience.

More specifically, if you’re uncertain about how to begin, we can help you understand your assignment and brainstorm. If you have ideas but can’t get started, we can help you get some words on paper and make a plan. If you have a specific question about grammar or punctuation, we can help you find the answer. If you only want to talk through your ideas and test their logic or clarity, we’re excited about discussing them with you.

What is a Writing Center consultation?

A WC consultation is simply a time for you to sit down and talk about your writing with one of our trained writing consultants. It’s a chance for you to show your writing to someone else and to get answers to questions that often trouble writers: “Does this idea make sense?” “Does my paper flow alright?” “Do I have enough support for this point?”

What exactly happens during a consultation?

We don’t have a checklist of tasks to accomplish in each consultation; rather, we tailor each meeting to our client’s individual needs. Typically, we will ask what concerns you have with your paper and then go from there. (So if you have questions, bring them!) If you have a draft, we will usually read some of it aloud together (sometimes the whole paper, sometimes only the introduction and conclusion) and discuss it—strengths, spots that could be improved, problematic habits, grammar, punctuation, tone, etc.

We’re happy to help you however we can, but remember that a Writing Center visit is only one part of the process of writing a good paper. Since polished papers require much more than 30 minutes of work, you will almost always need to continue working on your draft after your consultation.

Will the Writing Center proofread my paper?

We can’t proofread your paper for you because our goal at the Bryan Writing Studio is not simply to help you turn in a better paper; it’s to help you become a better writer. If we proofread your paper, you won’t learn how to do that job on your own. Instead, we will help you acquire the skills that you need to proofread your paper for yourself. We will certainly answer any questions you have; we can help you get started proofreading and guide you through the process. In the end, though, proofreading is up to you.

 What should I bring to my Writing Center consultation?

  • Your assignment
  • If you have a draft, 2 copies of it (one for you to read and one for the consultant to read)
  • Anything else that might help us work on your assignment: notes, outline, previous drafts with instructor comments, etc.

What if I don’t have my paper done in time for my consultation?

No problem! We’re here to help you at any stage of the writing process, so bring your assignment and whatever work you’ve done so far, and we’ll go from there.

Are Writing Center consultations only for class assignments, or may I bring my other writing to the Writing Studio also?

Sure! Whether you’re fulfilling a class assignment, writing poetry for the Literary and Visual Arts Contest, or just writing a personal essay for your own enjoyment, we want to discuss your writing with you. We’re here to serve the Bryan community by encouraging and equipping students, staff, and faculty to write excellently, so we’re interested in talking about any of your writing that you want to bring to us.

What Can I Do With This Major

What Can I Do With This Major? is an invaluable online resource boasting 106 comprehensive major profiles, offering insights into prevalent career trajectories, industry-specific employers, and effective strategies for career advancement. With curated links to professional associations, occupational outlooks, and diverse job search resources, this platform equips students with a holistic approach to navigating and excelling in their chosen fields.

wcidwtm-round-logo-blue - EMILIE NEWPORT (staff)

ARC Services

All Bryan College students have access to free tutoring and student success coaching. Tutors will help you with papers, homework, and preparing for upcoming tests, while student success coaches serve as mentors and work with students throughout their time at Bryan College.

Our tutoring services offer free one-on-one and group tutoring to all Bryan College undergraduate, BCO, and dual enrollment students. Each of our tutors is equipped to help students succeed and have demonstrated mastery in their respective courses as well as being recommended by their department.

BCO students have tutoring available through This link can be found in Brightspace.

Make an Appointment

When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring papers with instructor comments, instructions for assignments, textbooks, and other necessary items.

Become a Tutor

Do you excel in a particular subject? Do you enjoy helping others? Consider applying to be a tutor!

Become a Peer Tutor

Student success coaches learn about students’ experiences at Bryan, identify obstacles that may be barriers to their academic success, and help strategize solutions and next steps. Some of the topics discussed may include:

  • Accountability
  • Time management
  • Study Skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Setting and working toward goals
  • Connecting to campus resources
  • Academic advising

Student Success Coaching Appointment

The Calling & Career Development office is passionate about supporting students & alumni through every stage of their career development journey!

Learn more! 

Disability Services at Bryan College equips students with disabilities, with the academic accommodations or other specialized services they may need.

Common disability accommodations include:

  • Extended time on tests and quizzes
  • Test proctoring that is free of distractions
  • Access to audiobooks and special materials
  • Alternative test methods
  • Lecture recording or materials available early

Learn more


Academic Resource Center (ARC)
721 Bryan Drive, Dayton TN 37321
Mercer 212 (next to Common Grounds), Box #7646
Su: CLOSED, M-Th: 8:45 AM – 11 PM, F: 8:45AM-5PM, Sa: CLOSED

Office Phone: 423-775-7579