“A very present help in trouble”  – Psalm 46: 1

The mission of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is to support classroom instruction and educational skills development for the Pillar College learning community. The Academic Resource Center seeks to encourage students by identifying skill needs and providing appropriate remedial help. Through these means, the ARC contributes to the achievement of the educational goals of the Pillar mission. The ARC at Pillar College provides tutoring, study skills training, and other focused support to assist all Pillar students on their journey toward academic success.

Areas of assistance include the following:

• Rhetoric and Literature
• Writing: rhetorical strategies, thesis formation and content development
• Research
• Grammar & Mechanics
• MLA Format & Citation
• Math
• Computer Literacy
• Time Management, Study & Test-Taking Tips
• Leadership Tips
• Public Speaking Tips
• General Etiquette

General Etiquette: Conventional Rules for Acceptable Social Behavior

Etiquette rules for our times
Resources/ tipsheets/skills-Business etiquette
Workplace issues/ business-etiquette – you should know
Unwritten rules – college etiquette

Disability Services:

Pillar College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure that its educational programs and activities do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating against persons with disabilities in accordance with Federal and State law and College policy. Academic requirements that are justifiably essential to a student’s program of instruction are not considered discriminatory. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive approved modifications, accommodations, or auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities at Pillar College

For more information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities, contact Ms. Amy Huber, Asst. Vice President of Academic Affairs: 973-803-5000 ext. 1104 or email [email protected]

ARC Resources:

Mr. Michael Wattkis
Director of ARC

To set up an appointment, send an Email to [email protected] OR call 973-803-5000 x1016


Welcome to the ARC!

Operational Objectives

  1. The ARC will assist students requesting or needing remedial help.
  2. The ARC will monitor student interests and issues to determine emerging educational needs.
  3. Given the time-constrained, commuting nature of our student body, the ARC will provide as much information and assistance by website and email as possible.
  4. The ARC will promote a satisfying educational experience to Pillar students.


An Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

The History Place, Great Speeches Collection:
The History Place covers more than 50 famous speeches from American and world speakers.

EServer, Accessible Writing:
A unique website where writers, artists, editors, and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works.

Glossary of Poetic Terms:
Features pronunciations, cross referencing, as well as numerous examples and quotes.

Great Books Index:
From Aristotle to Shakespeare to Mark Twain, all the classics from every time period are listed here in an easy to use index.

Labyrinth Pedagogical Materials:
Provides links to past and current pedagogical materials.

Internet Public Library, Literary Criticism:
A public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Contains English literature: early 17th century (1603-1660).

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature:
A research and reference guide maintained by Dr. Paul Reuben, Professor of English at California State University Stanislaus.

Perseus Digital Library:
An evolving digital library engineering interactions through time, space, and language.

Voice of the Shuttle:
Provides a structured and briefly annotated guide to online humanities resources and points toward the transformation of this discipline as it interacts with sciences and social sciences with new digital media.

Common Errors in English:
Concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users.

English Works Index:
A general English site that provides free English tutoring, writing advice, and online writing and reading resources to undergraduate and graduate students.

Exercise Central:
A large collection of editing exercises available online that provide practice for mastering the skills of editing grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics.

Guide to Grammar and Writing:
Search activities and guides by word, paragraph, essay, and research paper level, take quizzes and participate in polls on the interactive site.

Dictionaries including: language, multilingual, ‘nyms & such, translation, specialty and a highly organized search.

Virtual Salt:
The site contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices.


Advanced English lessons included weekly lessons; grammar, vocabulary, verbs (and more) workshops; dictionaries, and a thesaurus.

Learn New Testament Greek:
An evolving online textbook for beginning New Testament Greek.

Study and Research Guides

Documents in the News:
Current events research organized alphabetically on everything from affirmative action to Nigerian religious riots to the 2000 Yugoslavian elections.

Practice Tests:
Your Source for Free Practice Tests! Here you’ll find a lot of resources and information about the test preparation process. Hopefully you’ll learn the right methods of preparing for the test in your future.

Research, Writing, and Style Guides for Students (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, CGOS, CBE):
Provides the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings.

Study Guides and Strategies:
Information on preparing to learn, studying, classroom participation, reading skills preparing for and taking tests, writing basics, math and science, and using the web.

Citation Machine:
Want to avoid plagiarism? Have difficulty in remembering how to use the MLA rules when citing an article from a journal on the web, as opposed to an article from a printed source? Don’t know how to cite a website, or other online material? Then, let Citation Machine help you to cite your sources correctly.

Christian Resources

Bible Gateway:
A free service for reading and researching scripture online, all in the language or translation of your choice.

Bible Study Tools:
From Crosswalk.com, it contains a Bible search, online studies, projects, encyclopedias and more.

Blue Letter Bible:
3,560,000 links onsite to over 165,000 pages of concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, images, and Bible versions.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library:
Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves!

Credenda Agenda:
Credenda Agenda is a bimonthly periodical exploring all areas of life from a Biblical, classical Protestant perspective.

SOON Online Magazine:
This paper is designed to assist those who are learning English. It is written in easy English and has a restricted vocabulary of about 1500 words.

Star 99.1 FM:
Our ministry partner features the best in Contemporary Christian Music.

Over 300 individual online ministries working to use technology and the Internet to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ.