About the ARC

The central purpose of Los Angeles Valley College's Academic Resource Center (ARC) is to provide individualized, collaborative, self-paced learning opportunities and tutorial support for students. The ARC is committed to assisting students develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in their coursework, as well as in their academic, professional, and personal pursuits. The Academic Resource Center helps to increase the success and retention of students at Los Angeles Valley directly supporting the institutional mission of the College. The overview of services includes tutorial support for writing across the curriculum, mathematics, and multi-disciplinary subject-specific areas. Depending on the course, the ARC offers in-person tutoring in small groups on a drop-in basis or individual tutoring. The ARC also provides dedicated equipment and support to accommodate all of the students' computer related needs with access to over 150 computers including dedicated labs in the Computer Commons.

Overview of the Services


Computer Commons, LARC 234, 818-778-5725

The lab is located in the Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC), Room 234, on the second floor, above the library.  As one of the four areas that make up the Academic Resource Center, the Computer Commons is an open computer lab, designed to support Valley College students’ academic needs. The lab offers a wide variety of software, internet access, printing, scanning, and copy services. The lab has 95 computers with Windows 10, and two iMac stations. Headphones and flash drives can be borrowed with your student ID card. There are also two group study rooms available.  Students can print or make copies in black and white for 10 cents a page, and print in color for 25 cents per page. Printing instructions are posted at the print release station.  A high resolution scanner is also in the lab. 


General Tutoring, LARC 213, 818-947-2744

General Tutoring provides tutoring on walk-in basis. Tutoring is available in most subjects, such as Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Accounting, and Economics. Although we cannot guarantee a tutor for every subject, we strive to meet the needs of students.


Math Skills Lab, LARC 226, 818-947-7263

The Math Lab is a walk-in tutoring lab. Three to four tutors are available at any given hour to work with students on a one-on-one basis for short periods of time as needed. The tutors circulate around the lab. The lab also provides computers with math software, textbooks on reserve, a loan program for videos, CDs, calculators, math worksheets, and class workshops.


 Embedded Tutoring (In-Class Tutoring), LARC 213, 818-947-7260

The Embedded Tutoring Program is a support service provided by the Academic Resource Center. Embedded tutors, who are successful college students, work with instructors in specific courses to provide supplemental practice and direction for students. Before ever stepping foot in the Library and Academic Resource Center, students enrolled in a course with a Embedded tutor receive guidance throughout the semester. In addition to providing assistance in the classroom, Embedded tutors host weekly workshops, group study sessions, and one-on-one consultations with students. This personalized kind of academic coaching and peer mentorship has proven effects on the success, retention and persistence of students. 


The Writing Center, LARC 229, 818-947-2810

The Writing Center provides indiviulazed tutoring on a walk-in basis for writing, reading, or critical thinking assignments. Students may receive assistance through one-to-one and group tutoring sessions, writing workshops, and instructive handouts. Students are invited to work independently at the Writing Center and are encouraged to use the Writing Center’s computers for word processing, printing, and internet research. If students who are working remotely may can take advantage of the Writing Center’s comprehensive website that provides instructive handouts, self-guided tutorials, assistance for non-native speakers and English Language Learners (ELLs), and various links for research. 


**All tutoring centers and the Computer Commons require a monarch card (student I.D.) for entry. Tutoring centers require enrollment in a section of Supervised Learning Assistance, a non-graded, zero unit course that does not appear on transcripts.**