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Academic Support

Do you need help with writing, math or statistics? The writing and math/statistics specialists at Bethel's CAPS, Seminary and Graduate School Academic Resource Center will help build your skills so you're prepared to succeed in your academic work and professional life.

Meet us either at Bethel's Anderson Center (ANC301, 2 Pine Tree Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112) or through email.

Schedule your writing session

Schedule for Tuesday, January 2, 2018, through Sunday, May 27, 2018

Writing Sessions (by appointment only)

Mondays 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST Email sessions and Face-to Face sessions in ANC301

noon - 8:30 p.m. CST

Email sessions and Face-to Face sessions in ANC301

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

Email sessions and Face-to Face sessions in ANC301

There are no sessions available on Thursdays


7 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

Email sessions

8 a.m. to noon CST

Telephone session (8 a.m.) or and Face-to-Face sessions in ANC301

How to make a face-to-face or email appointment

Writing Help

Schedule your appointment by clicking the blue button above that says Schedule your writing session. This will take you to a Google Calendar. You must be logged into your Bethel email to make this appointment.

If you have problems scheduling your appointment, email caps-sem-gs-arc@bethel.edu or call us at 651.635.8777.

Math and Statistics Help

Ms. Patricia Barnard is available to help students with the following: MATH080, MATH180M, MATH301M, PSYC335M, the math portion of the NES basic skills test, and the MTLE mathematics subtest 1 and subtest 2.

Pat will have open math/stats labs at the Anderson Center in room 301 on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in January, February and March 2018. She may also have other times she can meet with you, so email her to let her know when you’ll be coming to open math/stats labs or would like to meet with her. Pat’s email address is pbarnard@bethel.edu.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of training has the specialist had?

Our writing specialists are exceptional writers with graduate degrees in writing-related subjects. Most of them have additional experience in writing-related professions such as teaching. All of them are proficient in working with ELs. Our math specialist taught math at the K-12 level for many years, and has her master's degree. She also taught Bethel math courses for many years, and currently supervises Bethel’s graduate math teacher candidates. 

My specialist was very helpful. May I always work with him or her?

Yes, because for the most part, each specialist works the same shift each week.  

How long are sessions?

Our writing help sessions are 50 minutes long, and we welcome you to schedule a session once per week. Many students visit the Academic Resource Center a few times each month.

If you are working in a thesis or capstone paper (that is 50 pages or more) you may make two, back-to-back appointments, once per week. This will allow the specialist to have more time to review your paper.

What kinds of help will a math or writing specialist offer me?

The math specialist can help you with the problems and assignments you have in your math class. She can also help with assignments that use Microsoft Excel. The writing specialist can assist you at any stage of your paper, whether you are having trouble with an outline, writing a thesis, developing paragraphs, APA or Turabian style documentation, formatting, revising, or grammar, punctuation and mechanics.

Formatting a paper using the style required by your professor can be difficult and frustrating. Our specialist will work with you on the mechanics of APA (for CAPS and GS students) or Turabian style (for Seminary students).

How much does this cost?

Because you are enrolled in a Bethel University graduate or adult program, or a Bethel Seminary program, writing, math, and statistics assistance is free. We are able to help you for one 50-minute session per week. Many students visit us every week, and we look forward to getting to know you.

I would like to hire someone to work with me for longer periods of time. Can Bethel suggest anyone?

Some students want more assistance with a trained writing specialist than the one, 50-minute free session available from the Academic Resource Center. The ARC maintains a list of writing specialists who do editing and proofing as independent contractors (for an hourly rate) for CAPS and GS students. Email the ARC if this interests you and we will try to help you find a private tutor.

What if I can't make it to my scheduled appointment?

Our specialists are in high demand. If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so 24 hours in advance by going into your Google Calendar and deleting the appointment so we can see that the spot has opened up for other students to take.  If you miss two appointments and do not cancel them in advance, we reserve the right to refuse you future sessions with our specialists.

Contact us

General questions: caps-sem-gs-arc@bethel.edu or call us at 651.635.8777.

Director: Professor Molly Wickam, 651.635.8007, or m-wickam@bethel.edu

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