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Campus Tutoring Support

M State offers professional and student tutoring online via our eTutoring platform as well as on our campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

We encourage you to stop by your campus Spartan Center. Whether you need a place to study, a bit of support on a homework assignment, or the opportunity to use a white board, this is the place for you. Our staff, faculty, and student mentors are eager to work with you and help you achieve academic success at M State!

Each of the campuses offers free workshops that are open to all students on topic such as time management, study skills, financial planning and how to read your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) audit. Visit a campus Spartan Center to see what will be offered throughout the academic year. If you have suggestions for topics, we encourage you to share them with the staff.

As the schedules for tutors are established, updated hours will be provided below.



eTutoring - Available to any M State student taking an online course

Virtual walk-in room hours: Monday 8 am - 10 am

Email submissions: Sunday - Wednesday at midnight.

To connect with the eTutor, please email or call: etutoring@minnesota.edu or 218.299.6932

Detroit Lakes Campus - Room F116:
Closed during the summer

Fergus Falls Campus - Room C321:
Closed during the summer

Moorhead Campus - Room E112

Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wadena Campus - Room S29:
Closed during the summer


eTutoring for Writing

M State is currently offering a pilot online writing tutor service, eTutoring. Any M State student with an online course has access to eTutoring.

How will students access eTutoring?eTutoring is available online within D2L Brightspace under "My Courses." eTutoring can be accessed in one of three ways: one-on-one eTutor appointments scheduled via Calendly, virtual walk-in appointments and via email. Once a student has accessed the eTutoring site, they can choose the option most convenient for them:

  • One-on-one eTutor appointments will be scheduled for approximately 30 minutes via Calendly. (See availability below)
  • A virtual walk-in room will be available for 15-minute tutoring sessions. (See availability below)
  • Email is available 24/7, and submissions will be responded to within 24 hours Sunday through Thursday.

When is eTutoring available?

  • One-on-one eTutor appointments: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
  • Virtual walk-in room hours: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday.

The eTutoring Program is an online resource for writing support that is funded through the Title III federal grant and part of the component three structure: Student Support and Success. As the number of online learners continues to grow, M State recognizes the need for student and academic services to address their specific needs. While we understand online tutoring might not be for everyone, we encourage you to give it a try. If you live near an M State campus, you are also welcome to use the tutoring services available in the Spartan Centers.

For assistance learning how to utilize this service, review the information and tutorial videos available within D2L Brightspace eTutoring page or contact Jennifer Aranda at etutoring@minnesota.edu or 218.299.6932.


D2L Brightspace Support

If you need assistance learning to navigate an online course, log into your D2L site, look at the top left drop-down menu for "Academic Resources," click on that drop-down arrow and locate "How to Use D2L Brightspace." This overview will guide you and provide tutorials to get you comfortable with navigating your online course. If you're in need of additional assistance, we recommend you stop by your campus Spartan Center or speak with your instructor.

Smarthinking Tutoring

Smarthinking Tutoring


Online Tutoring Support

Online students can visit any campus location that is convenient. In addition, M State offers free online tutoring to all students. The free online tutoring services are available any day, at any time through Smarthinking. Subject areas that are supported include accounting, English, economics, biology, chemistry, math and physics. Bilingual math, finance and Spanish tutoring are also offered.

To access Smarthinking, log in to your D2L account, click on the drop-down menu labeled "Academic Resources" and click Smarthinking. This will automatically direct you to the academic support services provided through Smarthinking. If you need assistance learning how to utilize this service, please visit with a tutor in the Spartan Center, or review the information and tutorial videos available on the Smarthinking website.

If you have difficulty accessing Smarthinking or need additional minutes of tutoring support, please email Barbara LaPlante for assistance.

Be sure to also check out the resources offered through M State Libraries.

For questions, concerns, or more information about the academic support services, contact the Dean of Academic Quality and Support, Angela Mathers


Career Services Support

With a focus on excellence, M State Career Services provides students access and opportunity to develop a personalized career track, connect with employers and job openings, and obtain job search support to build a foundation for a dynamic next step toward employment or continuing education.

Your Spartan Center professional tutors can assist you with preliminary resume reviewing and resources. They are also able to refer you to our Career Services Director. For more information, visit the Career Services Resources Page.



M State is committed to providing support and resources to all students wishing to transfer to or from our college. Our staff will work with students who have previously attended another college or university who want to transfer credits in to M State as well as students who plan to transfer to another college or university after attending M State.

Whether you intend to transfer into or out of M State, advanced planning is encouraged to ensure a smooth transfer experience.

For information about how to transfer to M State, please visit the Transfer to M State page.

For information about how to transfer from M State, please visit the Transfer from M State page.

Last modified: April 20th, 2018 at 01:21pm