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Hints,Tips, and Handy Things!"

Here are some quick tips for you to use when you just don't know or are in a bind!"

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Study Skills

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Taking Tests


Handy Hints and Tasty Tips


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Each hall has PASS (Peer Academic Support Services) volunteers who are willing and able to help you.  PASS members offer to lend a hand in their best classes where you might need a hand.  You can visit PASS members in any building!  As soon as we have some PASS members identified for this year, you will be able to click on the link on the logo above to see a list for each hall.




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Welcome to the ARM Academic Success Spot. As you know, each of your buildings has at least one ARM, or Academic Resource Mentor. But there are lots of you, and they can't be everywhere at once, so we've created this page to provide you with some resources that you can access when your ARM isn't there to help.  

button logoWho and what are the ARMs?

ARMs are Academic Resource Mentors -- peers whose goal is to help you find the information, locate the resources, and connect you to people who can help you in your academic endeavors. They provide academic and life skills programming, too. ARMs have office hours in your halls, when you can see them to get assistance. They are students, just like you! They can also help you touch base with PASS members, student volunteers who offer tutoring or assistance in subjects they do well in.

We're sure you'll see your ARM around in the building, but just in case, here are the ARMs for 2014-15:

Who Am I?   Where Am I?
Jeff Field


Jeff Field



Jeff is a business major who joined the staff in the spring semester.  In addition to being an ARM, Jeff is a member of the Student Government Association and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Jeff is really interested in helping you to get your finances in good shape, but he can help you out on a variety of subjects - including music, which is a passion of his.

Kenny Ward






I'm Kenny Ward, a senior, double-majoring in English and Communication Studies.  Additionally, I am enrolled in the University Honors Program.  I work as an Academic Resource Mentor after two years of working in Housing as a Resident Assistant in Centennial Hall.  In addition to my position with Housing, I serve as the president of the English Society and the vice president of the WCSU Adventure Club and am a member of the 2014 cohort of the Hancock Student Leadership Program.

Kyle Venditti




Hello, my name is Kyle Venditti and it is my first year working as an ARM. I'm eager to learn the ropes and help better your experience as a student here at Western. I'm a Sophomore in the Professional Writing program with a concentration in Creative Writing, which means I love the creative process, despite the hiccups that typically entails. After graduation, I hope to become a novelist, but really, as long as I'm writing something for the general public, I'll be happy. I'm involved with multiple clubs on campus, including the Echo, Honors Student Organization and Habitat for Humanity. I became an ARM because of my love of seeing others succeed and facilitating a great growing environment. You can reach me at my office hours where I will be eagerly waiting to help those in need. See you soon and let's have a great year!

Let me know if you need anything else from me and I look forward to working with you!

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Hello! My name is Colleen Mair and I am from Milford, CT. This is my first year as an Academic Resource Mentor! This Fall I will be a Junior Justice and Law Administration Major with a focus in Criminology. I will be living with the First Year students in Litchfield Hall. I am the President of WCSU's Debate Team and the Vice President of the Astronomy Club. I am really looking forward to helping students achieve a strong academic foundation while also helping them develop good habits for the future. Feel free to email me or approach me for questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you!

Jamie Maitland








Hi! My name is Jamie Maitland and this is my second year as an ARM. Nursing is my passion and I plan on working with kids after I graduate. I love to watch movies and shows on Netflix, so if there is a particular show or movie that you like please tell me about it and maybe we can watch it together sometime. I love eating junk food. However, I do not like to work out, so if you like to work out please feel free to invite me to the gym with you sometimes because I could really use the push.

I decided to become an ARM because I love to help others in any way that I possibly can. There is more to college than just academics, and my ARM position helped me understand that. Balancing academics and a social life isn’t always the easiest task. However, it is possible - but you must have confidence in yourself. Instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I can” and your optimism will take you a long way. I am excited that I will be working with freshmen again. Please feel free to knock on my door for help in anything! I plan on making this academic year a great one!   

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Allo! My name is Alex and I'm working towards completing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance with a minor in Philosophy.  This will be my second year as an ARM in Pinney and I look forward to connecting with more residents.  I am also a music theory tutor and the treasurer for Keyboard Club.  I am originally from Watertown, CT but have spent some time living in Vermont and New York City.  Outside of WCSU I enjoy making music and playing shows with my band, Zanders.

Saraphina Mwangi








My name is Saraphina Mwangi, this is my first year as an ARM in Pinney Hall, and I am looking forward to supporting the students that live in the residence hall. I am a senior Social Work major, and social work is my passion. I am hoping to earn my Masters in Social Work right after I graduate from Western. My hometown is Windsor CT; I enjoy reading and attending Broadway productions, I also love to travel. I am looking forward to this academic year, and all the adventures along the way!

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