Instructional Center

Educational Consulting  
Benefits of Using MCAE Instructional Center  
Campus Resources  


Fall 2016 Educational Consulting

MCAE Instructional Center will have educational consultant support for Fall 2016 starting the week of September 12, 2016.

DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE HERE: Appleby Hall--Summer 2016--MCAE Educational Consultant Schedule.pdf

The MCAE Instructional Center is located in Appleby Hall.  The Center provides group and individual tutoring to University of Minnesota students.  It is a place where students can take their time to learn and where students are not afraid to ask questions.  It is a place where students study together and develop support groups and lasting friendships. Studies show that students who attend learning centers achieve better grades and are more successful during their college careers. The tutorial staff offer one-on-one assistance for help in gateway courses and skills such as mathematics, sciences, statistics, economics, writing, and library research. Additional courses are also supported, based on the backgrounds of our tutorial staff in any given semester. 

The MCAE Instructional Center offers walk-in tutoring from the first week of classes through the last full week of classes.  The walk-in tutoring schedule also includes hours for the Peer Research Consultants, both at the MCAE Instructional Center in Appleby Hall and at University of Minnesota Libraries locations.

Practice Exams

Academic Resources

  • Academic Success Workshops are held throughout Academic Year 2016-2017. Workshops are held at scheduled times and some are available on request for multicultural student organizations, programs, and peer-organized study groups. New workshops are added at regular intervals.
  • Make an overview of all your Fall 2016 exams and major project due dates! -  Check out your course pages. It's never too soon to plan your studying. Additional time management resources can be found at the Student Counseling Services site, Student Academic Support Services Self-Help Materials.
  • Exam Jam is held before finals week each semester and offers academic support and food to help prepare for final exams. Fall 2016 Exam Jam will be held Saturday, December 10, 2016 9am to 1pm in Appleby Hall room 140.
  • Late Nite @ MCAE is held every Thursday evening from 6 to 10pm during the Spring and Fall Semesters and offers exdended academic support, dinner, and community building in a fun, relaxed setting. The first session for Fall 2016 is Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Spring 2016 Academic Success Workshops

Gilman/Freeman-ASIA Workshop

Learn how to craft high-quality scholarship essays. Email an essay in advance (by February 15) to for individual feedback. Register here.

FAFSA, Subsidized Grants, Work Study

This session will help U of M students undersand the ins and outs of different parts of financial aid, and how your decisions as students and families can impact your aid. Join One Stop Student Services Counselors on Wednesday, February 24th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm to prepare for your 2016 - 2017 year. To register, stop by the President's Emerging Scholars office in 133 Appleby Hall and see Joe Zerka. To reserve your spot, turn in $5 to Joe. This will be returned upon completion of the session. Email with questions.

Talking with Faculty

You know you're supposed to go to office hours to talk to your professors.. but what do you talk to them about? Get advice and learn how to make the most of your relationships with your professors. Register here.


Learn how to stop the pitfalls of procrastination - and how to make your procrastination work for your benefit. Register here.

Budgeting and Saving 2.0

Interested in learning more about how to manage your spending and credit scores? Join the Peer$ and One Stop Counselors on Thursday, April 7th from 4:30 - 5:00 pm. To register, stop by the President's Emerging Scholars office in 133 Appleby Hall and see Joe Zerka. To reserve your spot, turn in $5 to Joe. This will be returned upon completion of the session. Email with questions.

Resume Writing 101

Come learn the basics to make your experiences stand out at this workshop. Register here.

Sticking To It

Come to this workshop to learn how to change your habits to be the student you want to be. Register here.

Campus Resources

Benefits of using the Instructional Center

  • Reduce study time by learning to study more effectively
  • Become better prepared for exams by learning concepts and mastering course material
  • Develop a more personalized approach to learning
  • Develop confidence in your academic abilities
  • Have the opportunity to study cooperatively in small groups

In addition to extra instruction for your courses, the IC also offers: 

  • A complete computer lab with up-to-date hardware and software, as well as access to the Internet. 
  • Professional and graduate school preparation materials (LSAT, MCAT, GRE, etc.). 
  • Individual and groups study spaces are available in the Center centers for self-directed study on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information

Instructional Center Contact:

Paul Edwards
(612) 626-7152