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Academic Support

Do you need help with math, statistics, or writing? The writing and math consultants at the CAPS/GS Academic Resource Center will build your skills so you're prepared to succeed in your academic work and professional life.

Meet us either in the Bethel University Library on Bethel's main campus, at the Anderson Center, online, or via Google Chat!*

Summer 2016 Hours - through August 31

Writing Sessions (appointments are needed)

Mondays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Online, Anderson Center 301 and Google Chat*
Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Anderson Center 301

Open Math and Statistics Lab (no appointment needed)

 Mondays starting July 11  

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                          Anderson Center 301                

The ARC will be open six days a week beginning September 6.

*We would love to answer brief writing questions for you via Google Chat on these days and times. You can watch a brief tutorial on how to set up your Google Chat. The Academic Resource Center's chat address is caps-gs-tutors@bethel.edu. If you have problems with Google Chat, call Bethel's Teaching and Learning Technologies help desk at 651.638.6500.

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

Writing Help

Schedule your appointment through Blink (Student Academics tab > Academic Resource Center blue box > Writing Help > Schedule an appointment for writing help), or through your Google Calendar. If you have problems scheduling your appointment, email caps-gs-tutors@bethel.edu or call us at 651.635.8777.

Math and Statistics Help

You do not need an appointment to come to open math/statistics labs. Please just email us at caps-gs-tutors@bethel.edu to let us know that you are coming.

Phone appointment: If you'd like the math specialist to call you to discuss math problems and/or concepts by phone, email caps-gs-tutors@bethel.edu and give us your phone number as well as what time on a Monday night between 6 and 8 p.m. you'd like her to call.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of training has the specialist had?

Our math specialist taught math at the K-12 level for many years, and has her master's degree. She has also taught Bethel math courses for many years, and currently supervises the math teacher candidates in the MA Teaching program. Our writing specialists are exceptional writers with graduate degrees in writing-related subjects. Most of them have additional experience in writing-related professions with as teaching. If you are an ELL student, see the schedule above to see when our ELL writing specialist works. All of our specialists enjoy working with adults to improve their academic skills.

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

For the most part, each consultant works the same day or evening shift each week, so you should be able to work with the same consultant if you schedule a visit when that consultant is working.

How long are sessions?

Our sessions are generally 50 minutes long, and we welcome you to schedule a session once per week. We have many students who visit the Academic Resource Center a few times each month.

If you are working in a thesis or capstone paper (this 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 consultant 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 consultants can assist you at any stage of your paper, whether you are having trouble with an outline, writing a thesis, developing paragraphs, formatting, revising, grammar and punctuation, or pulling it all together into a concise, cohesive paper.

Formatting a paper using the style required by your professor can be difficult and frustrating. Our consultants 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 learners 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 Center maintains a list of writing specialists who do editing and proofing as independent contractors (for an hourly rate) for both CAPS and GS students. Email the ARC if this interests you, and we will gather some information from you.

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 consultants.   

Contact us

General questions: caps-gs-tutors@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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