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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.

Fall Schedule for 2021

Hourly Writing Sessions (by appointment only)

Date & Time Specialist


7 a.m.—5 p.m.

8 a.m—1 p.m.

6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.


Lisa Bekemeyer

Sue Howell

Sandy Oslund (Turabian Specialist)


8 a.m.—1 p.m.


Sue Howell


7 a.m.—5 p.m.


Lisa Bekemeyer 


4:30 p.m.—9:30 p.m.

6 p.m.—9 p.m.


Kyle Lemberg

Sandy Oslund (Turabian Specialist)


9 a.m.—noon


 Steve Hunt

Note: All appointments are with APA specialists, unless indicated otherwise. Also, Lisa and Steve have received special training in working with English Learners (ELs), although they work with all students. 

How to make an appointment

Writing Help

  1. Click the blue button below that says Schedule Your Writing Session. This will take you to Google Calendar (you must be logged into your Bethel email). Select a grey box to book an appointment time. If you don’t find a grey box, all of the sessions are filled for that week. Find an appointment slot for the next week by clicking the little blue arrow in the upper left corner of the page.
  2. Once you have made your appointment, please email your paper (at least one hour before your appointment—several hours or the preceding day is preferable) to caps-sem-gs-arc@bethel.edu, indicating the date and time of your appointment. Please also include your professor’s first and last name, your course title and course number, and any assignment details that would help the specialist better understand the paper. The specialist will review your paper and send it back to you with comments and edits later that same day. 

All appointments are scheduled as email sessions, meaning you do not need to be available during your appointment time.

However, if you would like to meet with an ARC tutor via Zoom to review your writing or discuss a writing assignment, then sign up for a session in the same manner, but indicate the preference for Zoom when you email your paper. Your tutor will then send you a meeting link at least 10 minutes before your appointment.

If you have problems scheduling your appointment, email caps-sem-gs-arc@bethel.edu and we will help.

Schedule Your Writing Session

Math and Statistics Help Sessions

Patricia Barnard is available to help students by appointment 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.

Email Pat to schedule an appointment with her (pbarnard@bethel.edu).

Frequently asked questions

What kind of training does the specialist have?

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 English Learners (ELs). Our math specialist, Pat Barnard, taught math at the K-12 level for many years and has her master's degree. She has also taught math classes at Bethel and currently supervises graduate math teacher candidates.

Can I work with the same specialist over time?

Yes. For the most part, each specialist works the same shifts 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 work with a specialist at the Academic Resource Center several times each month or even on a weekly basis.

If you are working on 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 does a math or writing specialist offer?

The writing specialist can assist you at any stage of your paper, whether you are seeking assistance outlining, writing a thesis, developing paragraphs, implementing APA or Turabian style documentation, formatting, or revising.  They can also assist with grammar, punctuation and mechanics.

Our specialist will work with you on the mechanics of APA (for CAPS and GS students) or Turabian style (for Seminary students). Please be sure to sign up for appointments specifically with the Turabian specialist if you desire assistance with Turabian style.

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.

How much does this cost?

Because you are enrolled in a Bethel University graduate or adult program or a Bethel Seminary program, assistance with writing, math, and statistics 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 open the slot for other students.  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 

Director: Professor Nikki Weber Daniels

Assistant Director: Lisa Bekemeyer