ARC Appointments

Need help writing a paper or preparing for tests? Through one-on-one and group consultations, trained peer consultants can help you..

Read. Write. Learn... Better.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides free writing help and academic coaching to traditional undergraduate students and is located on the first floor of the Murdock Library.

Graduate students and George Fox Connect students can get assistance from the Portland Writing Center.

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Schedule an ARC Appointment

We offer 25- or 50-minute appointments during these hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 1-10 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon – 4 p.m.

The best way to schedule an appointment is through Penji, the ARC’s online scheduling system.

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Schedule Appointment

You can also download the Penji app or access Penji through Canvas.

Watch a video to learn how to schedule an appointment using Penji

  1. Access Penji using the “Schedule Appointment” button above, the Penji App, or through Canvas
  2. Sign in with your George Fox username and password
  3. Select the "Learn" tab in the ARC Community
  4. Choose the appointment option that works best for you
  5. Choose the class you'd like help with. If the course you want help with is unavailable, choose "Writing Help" or "Academic Coaching." Chances are one of our consultants will still be able to help you out!
  6. A calendar view will pop up. Choose the day/time that works best for you.
  7. Choose your consultant
  8. Choose location "Murdock Library"
  9. Let us know what you want help on. Your class not showing up? Type in "Academic coaching" for general assistance in any subject or "Writing help" for help with any type of paper.
  10. Select "Complete" and "Create" when you are sure your appointment is right

You should receive a confirmation email with a calendar invitation.

After your appointment is made, you can upload any documents or course materials you want help with in the "Open session materials" or "Chat" functions. 

Canceling an Appointment in Penji 

  1. Open the app or website and select your appointment
  2. To cancel a session, select the three dots on the right-hand corner, and then select "Cancel Session"

You can also schedule an appointment by:

What can I use an ARC appointment for?


  • Brainstorming a topic
  • Organizing information
  • Transitioning between sentences, paragraphs
  • Critiquing your final paper

Academic Coaching

  • Planning your schedule
  • Taking notes more efficiently
  • Improving study habits
  • Overcoming test anxiety

Be sure to plan ahead and schedule appointments as soon as possible. The ARC schedule fills quickly, especially during busy phases of semesters, such as midterms and finals. The quickest and surest way to schedule an ARC consultation that fits into your academic plan is to schedule through our online system.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

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When you come for your consultation, be sure to bring:

  • Your class syllabus
  • The assignment sheet (if separate from the syllabus)
  • Any work you have done on the assignment
  • Other materials you need to complete the assignment (textbook, source materials, class notes)
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Watch video: Scheduling an Appointment with Penji