University of Texas at Arlington

Academic Plaza

A suite of services known as the Academic Plaza resides on the second floor of the Central Library. Ranging from tutoring to peer mentorship, money management to a place to hang out and buy snacks, the Academic Plaza will serve you well during your time at UTA.

Current Services and Partners Include:

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I.D.E.A.S. Center

The I.D.E.A.S. Center provides academic support for students in transition (transfers, sophomores, veterans, and first generation college students).  We are located in the Academic Plaza on the west side of the 2nd floor of the Central Library.  Students are able to walk-in to receive Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and FREE Peer-to-Peer Tutoring.  We have day, evening, and weekend hours; however, the space will be available for students to study individually and in groups during the Central Library’s regular hours.  Please reference the Academic Plaza Calendar or the UTA Calendar of Events for our current schedule.  For any questions about the I.D.E.A.S. Center, visit us online.


University Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction

UTSI provides one-on-one, as well as group-based supplemental learning.

Tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who have been recommended by professors, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and received an A or B in the subject they tutor. They must complete at least 10 hours of training before working with students and attend additional training sessions each semester.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of peer-assisted weekly study sessions designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are regularly scheduled sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings and course lectures, and work together to master the course material. Tutoring appointments can be made online after first registering in-person with UTSI in Ransom Hall room 205. View the Supplemental Instruction schedule.

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Research Coaches

Research Coaches are UTA students trained to offer peer-to-peer help for students seeking individualized assistance with their research and course assignments. Research Coaches help frame research questions, develop search strategies, understand citation styles, and select and evaluate relevant resources. Contact Diane Shepelwich,, with questions. 

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Writing Center

The Writing Center, a division of the Department of English, is located on the 4th floor of the Central Library and offers a welcoming and supportive environment for students who seek assistance on a wide variety of writing assignments and needs. Writing Center staff encourages and motivates student writers of all levels, and provides clients with the highest quality assistance available.

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College of Business

The College of Business is offering walk-in advising in the Academic Plaza this Summer. See them in Central Library, room 212, from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on the following Thursdays: June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, and August 10. For more information, call 817-272-3368 or email

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Transfer UTA

TransferUTA achieves the University’s vision of streamlining the transfer student experience by coordinating its services and programs in one online location.


Faculty Office Hours

Faculty are welcome to use the Central Library to hold office hours. If you are interested in holding office hours in the Central Library, contact Gretchen Trkay,  

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Research Assistance

Librarians are available on-call for research/reference help, by chat, phone, or in-person. See Subject Librarians' contact information and office hours. In addition, you can also request an appointment with your subject librarian or call the service desk at 817-272-3395 for more information.

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For questions about the Academic Plaza, please contact Gretchen Trkay,