Center for Academic Excellence Tutoring Services

The Center for Academic Excellence is now fully online for all services. Make an appointment online or by emailing centerfolk@metrostate.edu.

Writing Tutoring

Tutoring in writing is available through written feedback or real-time Zoom sessions. To get started, review our guide for online writing tutorials and our list of frequently asked questions about writing services.

For written feedback, be sure to attach a .doc file to your WCOnline appointment, or email the file to centerfolk@metrostate.edu referencing their appointment time and date.

STEM+ Tutoring

Real-time Zoom sessions are available for math, science, ICS/MIS, and ACCT/ECON/FIN tutoring. Before your tutorials, please review our guide for math, science, ICS/MIS, and ACCT/FIN/ECON tutorials. You can also review our list of frequently asked questions about STEM+ services.

Drop-in Tutoring for ICS 140, 141, and 240 is available on Saturdays via Zoom.

About CAE

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) has professional and peer tutors to help students navigate conceptual difficulties and develop their study skills. Our tutors are devoted to helping currently enrolled students achieve their academic goals.

The CAE offers expert tutoring in an evaluation-free setting for Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Geology, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, Statistics, Symbolic Logic, and Writing.

Student Expectations

All work students submit to their instructors should always be their own and reflect their own understanding of the material. Our goal is to help students be independent and responsible learners. Our tutors refrain from:

  • Completing assignments for students
  • Teaching students material similar to an instructor
  • Providing advice better left to students’ academic advisor

We are here to help!

Scheduling an appointment

  • Give us a call during business hours. A member of our talented front-desk staff will be available to assist students in registering and scheduling an appointment over the phone at 651-793-1460.
  • Send us an email. Students may also send appointment requests to centerfolk@metrostate.edu.Please provide: your name, StarID, course number, course name, assignment details the student would like help with and desired appointment date(s) and time(s).
  • Schedule a tutoring appointment online. Students can schedule a 50-minute face-to-face appointment. Students will need their StarID to register/log-in. The online schedule can be viewed 24/7 on My.Metro and displays when tutor(s) are available to assist students with a particular subject.

Note: Students requesting a written feedback session should attach an electronic file of their paper to their Writing Center online appointment a or email the file to centerfolk@metrostate.edu referencing their appointment time and date.

To better serve all students, Center for Academic Excellence limits students to one tutorial per day for each class students are currently enrolled in. Students who are 10 minutes late may need to reschedule. CAE reserves the right to place students with another qualified tutor and cancel appointments in extenuating circumstances.

Locations

Saint Paul Campus

  • Library and Learning Center, Room 130
  • Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 122

Midway Center

  • East Entrance, lower level, Room I

What tutoring is available

Accounting, Finance, and Economics

What is a financial calculator, and how do I use one? What is the time value of money? Tutor(s) help students:

  • 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 assist with:

  • ACCT: 210, 311, 312, 320, 340
  • ECON: 201, 202
  • FIN: 390, 392
  • MIS: 100, 328
  • MS Excel

Center for Academic Excellence does not currently offer any tutoring for 400- and 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 science tutor(s) assist students with:

  • ICS:140, 141, 225, 232, 240, 311, 325, 340, 365 and 382
  • CFS: 264 (limited topics)
  • MIS:328

Math

What is the point-slope equation? How do I solve this word problem? I need help making StatCrunch work. Courses our mathematics tutors assist with:

  • MATH: 098, 102, 110, 115, 120, 208, 210, 211, 215, 301, 310, 315, 320, 330, 340, 350, 355, 370, 420, 450, 471
  • PHIL:204
  • PSYC:307, 312 and 343
  • STAT: 201, 251, 252, 301, 311, 321, 331, 353, 621
  • NURS: We can also assist nursing students with dosage calculations

Science

What is a mole? How does the Krebs Cycle work? I need help surviving physics. Courses our science tutors assist with:

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

Writing

Currently enrolled students can receive tutoring for writing assignments for all courses, including written assignments in math and science.

How do I cite my sources using APA style? Is my thesis statement concise? I'm not sure how to organize my paper. Students who receive writing tutorials will:

  • Understand assignments and learn how to figure out what to do next
  • Build research and citation skills
  • Get past writer’s block and develop their paper

Write @ the Desk

A tutor and a librarian can help with identifying topics, assignments, citations, reading, revision, scholarship essays and all things writing—no appointment needed! Write at the Desk is now available on Zoom. Visit the Library Services Write at the Desk Zoom Schedule.

Write at the Desk is a partnership between librarians and writing tutors to provide research and writing help on a drop-in basis on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Write @ the Desk Student Expectations

All work students submit to their instructors should always be their own and reflect their own understanding of the material. Our goal is to help students be independent and responsible learners. Our tutors refrain from:

  • Completing assignments for students
  • Teaching students material similar to an instructor
  • Providing advice better left to students’ academic advisor

What is TUTOR.COM?

Students should note that the Center for Academic Excellence and tutor.com are separate entities. Tutor.com is a 24/7, offering each student limited hours of commercial tutoring at all colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system. To access tutor.com, login to your Metropolitan State D2L account and click on the tutor.com tab at the top of the D2L homepage.