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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Math, Science & Business Center FAQs

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Do I need to make an appointment?

All math, science, and business subjects have walk-in hours. However, you may want to make an appointment to guarantee a one-on-one tutoring session.

Do I need my Mavcard?

Yes, bring your Mavcard whenever you visit the CAS.

Will you help me with my homework?

The Center for Academic Success has a strict policy of not working out homework problems with the students. Instead we will give you examples and help you with the topics covered in the homework so that you can complete the homework yourself. You are welcome to come into the center and work with your homework, but we will never work out homework problems for you.

What if a subject I need isn't offered or the available hours won't work with my schedule?

We will attempt to make reasonable accommodation for students based on our personnel, but we cannot guarantee that we have staff at all times for all courses.

If you are looking for tutoring on a course that is not commonly offered at the center, there are two options:

  • You can fill out a tutor request form, or
  • You can come into the center and talk with the Assistant Director for Math & Science, and we will try to find a tutor for the course you need help with.

If you are looking for tutoring during hours when the center is closed or if the available hours do not fit your schedule, we offer online tutoring services. There are a number of online tutoring options available for you:

  1. You can fill out an online support form and specify the course, date and time you would like to receive tutoring.
  2. You can fill out a tutor request form with the course for which you would like to receive tutoring, making sure you specify that you are requesting online tutoring.
  3. You can come into the center during your available times and talk with the Assistant Director for Math & Science, and we will try to find you an online or offline tutor at a time that fits your schedule.
  4. We also offer online tutoring through Smarthinking, which is available anytime.

Will I be tutored one-on-one or in a group?

Due to the nature of walk-in tutoring, we cannot guarantee one-on-one tutoring for individuals. However, our tutors have been trained extensively on how to effectively manage a group-based tutoring center. If you prefer one-on-one tutoring, please fill out a tutor request form and specify that you would like one-on-one tutoring, and we will explore options with you on how to find an individual tutor.

Is it alright if I bring friends to the Math, Science, and Business Center?

If they require or could be helped by our tutoring services, then we would strongly encourage bringing friends down. Tutoring groups with friends can be some of the most productive sessions in a tutoring environment. However, out of respect for others that may be studying, if the friends are here for strictly social purposes, we ask that you refrain and socialize outside of the Math, Science, and Business Center.

Are there textbooks for students to use?

Students are expected to bring all study materials required for a successful session; this INCLUDES bringing their own textbooks. Any textbooks that we may have are for tutors' reference only.

Are there solutions manuals that students can use?

Any access to solutions manuals that our tutors have is for their benefit to quickly get students on the right track with their session. Answer manuals are never to be directly used by students.

Do you have any resources for anatomy?

The CAS has a full skeleton, as well as access to the muscles. We also have tutors located in the Anatomical Models Room, next to the ERC in the other library basement.

What if I have a complaint or a suggestion about the Math, Science, and Business Center?

The Director of the Center for Academic Success and Assistant Director for Math & Science would love to hear from you. Please send us an e-mail at