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Campus Tutoring Support

M State offers professional and student tutoring on our campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. For some selected subjects, faculty tutors may also be available.

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 here.



Detroit Lakes Campus - Room F116:
Academic year hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday - Sunday - Closed

Fergus Falls Campus - Room C321:
Academic year hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am - 11 am, Tuesday, Thursday 1 pm - 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Moorhead Campus - Room E112

Academic year hours:
Monday - Thursday Open 8 am - 5:30 pm Friday Open 8 am - 2:30 pm Saturday-Sunday Closed

Wadena Campus - Room S29:
Academic year hours: Monday and Wednesday 9 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday Friday 8 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed


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: August 21st, 2017 at 08:23am