Metropolitan State students have multiple options to obtain tutoring:

  • On-campus, in person at the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE). Read below for information.
  • Online, using tutor.com (visit D2L). Please note that the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) and tutor.com are separate entities. Tutor.com is a 24/7, commercial tutoring platform for students at all colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system.

The Center for Academic Excellence has professional and peer tutors to help you navigate conceptual difficulties and develop your skills. Our tutors will help you learn.

The CAE is devoted to helping currently enrolled students achieve their academic goals and supports their life-long learning.

We offer expert tutoring in an evaluation-free setting for Accounting, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics & Symbolic Logic, Science; Biology, Chemistry, Geology & Physics, Writing

  • We see students as people first
  • We promote independence
  • We are learner-centered

We are here to help!

All work you submit to your instructors should always be your own and reflect your own understanding of the material. Because our goal is to help students be independent, responsible learners, our tutors refrain from:

  • Completing assignments for you
  • Teaching you material as an instructor
  • Providing advice better left to your academic advisor

To schedule an appointment, please choose from the following options:

  1. Give us a call during business hours. A member of our talented front-desk staff would be happy to assist you in registering and scheduling an appointment over the phone. Our number is 651-793-1460.

  2. Send us an email. You may also send appointment requests to centerfolk@metrostate.edu. Please provide: your name, StarID, course number, course name, instructor name and desired appointment time(s).

  3. Schedule your own tutoring appointment, day or night. You can schedule a 50-minute face-to-face appointment.

To better serve everyone, Center for Academic Excellence limits students to only one tutorial per day for each class you are taking.


Accounting, Finance and Economics

When should I debit accounts and when should I credit accounts? How do I use a financial calculator? I need help reading these financial statements.

We’ll help you:

  • Format journal entries to record financial transactions
  • Interpret and adjust supply and demand graphs
  • Take step-by-step approaches to understanding problems

Courses our accounting, economics and finance tutors help with:

  • ACCT: 210, 311, 312 and 320
  • ECON: 201 and 202
  • FIN: 390 and 392
  • MIS: 100

Center for Academic Excellence does not currently offer any tutoring for 500-level courses in these disciplines.


Information and Computer Science

Why won't my code compile? How do I draw shapes using turtle methods? I need help building this MS Excel spreadsheet.

Courses our computer scientists tutor:

  • ICS: 140, 141, 225, 232, 240, 311, 325, 340, 365 and 382
  • We can also help with some topics in CFS 264


What is the point-slope equation? How do I solve this word problem? I need help making StatCrunch work.

The courses our mathematicians tutor:

  • MATH: 098, 102, 110, 115, 120, 208, 210, 211, 215, 301, 310, 315, 320, 340, 350 and 420
  • PHIL: 204
  • PSYC: 307, 312 and 343
  • STAT: 201, 252, 301, 311, 321, 331, 341, 353 and 621
  • We can also assist nursing students with dosage calculations


What is a mole? How does the Krebs Cycle work? I need help surviving physics.

Courses our scientists tutor:

  • BIOL: 101, 105, 106, 107, 111, 112, 211, 301, 302, 304, 310, 311, 312, 315, 316, 322, 324 and 479
  • CHEM: 105, 107, 111, 112, 231, 332, 341 and 351
  • GEOL: 110, 118 and 314
  • HBIO: 201, 202 and 205
  • NURS: 306
  • NSCI: 201 and 204
  • PHYS: 100, 101, 111, 112, 211, 212 and 351


How do I cite my sources using APA style? Is my thesis statement concise? I'm not sure how to organize my paper.

We’ll help you:

  • Understand your assignment and figure out what to do next
  • Build your research and citation skills
  • Get past writer’s block and develop your paper

Our writing tutors are willing and able to help with papers for any course, including written assignments in math and science courses.

Write @ the Desk

Writing tutors are available for drop-in help alongside a librarian several days a week during Reference Desk hours for Write @ the Desk sessions. We can help with identifying topics, assignments, citations, reading, revision, and all things writing—no appointment needed!

Librarians staff the Reference Desk on the first floor to help with students’ research assignments and problems, information needs and other questions—no appointment needed! Hours vary by semester; find them through the link above.

Write at the Desk hours (summer semester):

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. -1 p.m. & 2 – 5 p.m.