The Writing/Reading Center and Math/Science Center will be closed over the Easter Break, beginning at 4:30 pm on Thursday, 4/18/19, through Monday, 4/22/19.
We will reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, 4/23/19.
Coeur de Catherine, Room 21
Professional Staff Hours
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Regular Drop-in Hours for Writing and Math/Science Tutoring
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.*
Saturday, 12–3 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
*Writing and Science tutors available this entire period; Math tutor available until 2:45 p.m.
Professional Staff Hours
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hours will vary.
Tutoring Hours (walk-in and by appointment)
Hours change each subsession. For current walk-in schedule or to make an appointment, call 651.690.7832.
Get one-on-one assistance with your writing and reading skills at any stage of the writing process.
Visit the Writing/Reading Center during our drop-in hours for a one-on-one dialogue with a trained peer tutor. Sessions last up to 45 minutes. Come early and come often!
What to bring:
Visit Room E370 for walk-in writing assistance. Staff work interactively with you to increase your recognition of strengths and difficulties in your writing. It works best to come for help with papers a day or more before due dates. Writing lab hours change every subsession. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled writing lab hours, you may meet with a staff member by appointment. For current walk-in hours or to set up an appointment, call 651.690.7832.
In addition to the face-to-face writing assistance that is available on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, online writing support is available by appointment to graduate students, undergraduate distance learners, and students taking some OTA online and pre-professional courses. To use the online writing system, you must first register for an account. Then you are welcome to book an appointment on the appropriate schedule. At the time of your appointment, log in to the online system again and click on the appointment you made to start the session.
Graduate Students and Distance Learners
Your paper may be uploaded when booking the appointment or when you return for your session. You will be an active participant in the one-hour session, which will occur by online chat with a trained graduate assistant. The graduate assistant will collaborate with you, help with questions you have, and offer suggestions for going forward with your writing project.
Students in OTA Online and Pre-Professional Courses
The drop-down menu at the top of each schedule lists the courses for which assistance is available. Choose the appropriate schedule to book your appointment. For more information, call 651.690.7832.
If you have a research question or a quick citation question that doesn't warrant a tutoring session, contact a reference librarian or consult the library's citation guides.
View these video modules for ASL instruction on the topics of APA writing and citing.
Take advantage of the writing guides we have created for some of the programs taught at St. Kate's.
Get one-on-one or small group assistance in math, statistics, chemistry, biology, physics, and more.
Visit the Math/Science Center during our drop-in hours for one-on-one or small group assistance in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Our trained peer tutors are here to help you with topics found in core math and science courses through the 2000 level.
During spring semester 2019, join us each week to talk math and science in a relaxed, informal format. All sessions are facilitated by an O'Neill Center math/science tutor.
|Organic Chemistry Q&A||Mondays||6–8 p.m.|
|General Chemistry Q&A||Wednesdays||6–8 p.m.|
|Foundations of Biology||Thursdays||6–8 p.m.|
To arrange for content tutoring in Science courses, contact 651.690.7832.
Student mentors are available on the St. Paul campus to lead study sessions on selected courses. These include:
Need more information? Contact the O’Neill Center at 651.690.6563.
Need to take Statistics, but not quite ready?
MATH 1010 is offered fall and spring terms, on-site and online. Successful completion of MATH 1010 ensures placement into Stats (MATH, PSYC, ECON or HLTH), CHEM 1010 and CHEM 1110/1120.
MATH 1010 is a 2-credit developmental math course designed for students who are under-prepared for college-level mathematics. The course utilizes a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system, which identifies individual student’s deficiencies and permits each student to work on the mathematical skills and concepts that she needs to master. Each student works at her own pace in an instructor-supported, computer classroom. Class time and required lab component provide 3.5 hours per week of devoted practice time with professional assistance. Attendance and active engagement are considered essential elements of the curriculum.
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The following links review the essential structures of the respiratory system as well as the process of gas exchange between cells.
The following websites review how nerve impulses are conducted.
These links review cells, structures, and processes that are involved in immunity.
The following links review the key structures and steps in the formation of urine.
These sites review the divisions of the autonomic system and their roles in the nervous system.
These sites define hormones, how they form, and how they work.
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Most exams in math and science involve problems where you must apply the concepts and techniques learned in the course to new situations.
Before the Exam
Set up a schedule so you make time to study every day. Cramming the night before will not lead to success.
Do all of the homework problems. For most students, the course grade or exam grade is directly proportional to the number of problems they do. Build confidence by mastering the easier ones before tackling the very difficult ones.
When you seek help from your instructor or the O’Neill Center, be prepared with a list of specific questions. Show the professor your attempts at the problem, and he or she will be able to offer more help.
Get plenty of rest the night before and eat something nutritious the day of the exam. (Fresh fruit is recommended to reduce stress.)
Arrive early for the test so you have time to relax and do not feel rushed.
During the Exam
First do the easy problems. Skip the questions that you cannot immediately answer; later the tougher questions might look more familiar or you may get clues from other questions on the exam. Read the problems carefully. Determine exactly what you are required to find. What does the answer look like? Is it a speed? A temperature? What are the units?
Estimate the answer before you begin to work the problem. It helps to have a rough idea of the size of the answer.
Include the units with all the answers and round them to the proper place (significant digits!) Remember that you do the rounding at the end of your calculation, not before.
Your professor will have worked problems in class and you have worked examples in your text. Try to see the exam problem as another example of a problem you have already solved or studied.
If you feel nervous, remember to take deep breaths to help you relax (nobody will notice). While you are taking deep breaths, replace any negative thoughts with positive thoughts. For example, repeat positive statements to yourself such as “I am relaxed,” “I will be OK; I can do this,” or “I am prepared.”
After the Exam
Go over every question of every test. Learn how to do the problems you have missed. The ideas in math and science courses build upon each other so that you really want to address any confusion that occurs along the way!
We create and promote accessible and inclusive learning environments.
For information regarding testing services or to schedule an appointment, contact:
Alternative testing is available for authorized students on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. This may include testing with extended time, reduced distraction, or in an alternative format. Testing appointments should be made at least one week in advance.
If you would like alternative testing accommodations, you must first meet with and receive authorization from Disability Resources on your campus.
Limited testing services are available for multilingual students with authorization from the director of the O’Neill Center.
Make-up testing is available on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses based on space availability and prior approval from your professor. No make-up testing will be allowed during finals week. If you are unable to take your exam at the scheduled time, you will need to make arrangements with your professor.
You may need to take a placement test to assess your skills before you register for a math, statistics, chemistry or physics course.
Four pieces of information determine whether you need to take a placement test:
You need to take a math placement assessment only if your math ACT subscore is below the required level for the math course that you are interested in pursuing or if you do not have a math ACT subscore on record with the Registrar.
Click "View Math Requirements by Major" below to view the required math courses and math ACT scores.
|Major||Required Math Course||If Your ACT Subscore is Below:||Take:|
|Accounting||Statistics* or MATH 1130||19||Algebra Placement|
|Biology||Statistics* required||19||Algebra Placement|
|Biology||MATH 1130 recommended||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placements|
|Business-to-Business Sales||Statistics*||19||Algebra Placement|
|Chemistry||MATH 1130 and 1140||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity||Statistics*||19||Algebra Placement|
|Dietetics||PSYC 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Economics||ECON 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Elementary Education||MATH 1050 and MATH 2500||19||Basic Skills Placement|
|Financial Economics||ECON 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Food and Nutrition in Business||PSYC 1090 or equivalent||19||Algebra Placement|
|Food and Nutrition: Science||PSYC 1090 or equivalent||19||Algebra Placement|
|Food and Nutrition: Science||MATH 1130||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Healthcare Sales||Statistics*||19||Algebra Placement|
|International Business & Economics||ECON 1090 and one course in Math or Computer Science||19||Algebra Placement|
|Marketing Management||Statistics*||19||Algebra Placement|
|Marketing Management||MATH 1130||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Mathematics||MATH 1130 and higher||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Pre-Dentistry||STAT 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Pre-Optometry||STAT 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Pre-OT||STAT 1090||19||STAT 1090|
|Pre-Medicine||MATH 1130||19||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Pre-Engineering||MATH 1130||19||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Pre-Pharmacy||MATH 1130||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Pre-PT||MATH 1130||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
|Psychology||PSYC 1090||19||Algebra Placement|
|Respiratory Care||MATH 1050 or Statistics*||19||Basic Skills Placement or Algebra Placement|
|Small Business/Entrepreneurship||MATH 1130||26||Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement|
*Statistics is satisfied by ECON 1090, or HLTH 1090, or PSYC 1090 or STAT 1090.
If your major is not on this list, it does not have a specific required math course. Work with your advisor to determine which math course is right for you.
For students wanting to take Mathematical Ideas in Contemporary Society (MATH 1050), Mathematical Structures for teachers (MATH 2500) with an ACT score below 19.
Assesses knowledge of equations and number properties.
Basic Skills Placement covers the following areas:
For students wanting to take Statistics (STAT 1090, PSYC 1090, HLTH 1090,or ECON 1090), General Chemistry (CHEM 1110), or Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHEM 1010) with an ACT score below 19.
Assesses knowledge of basic algebraic manipulation and equations.
Algebra Placement covers the following areas:
For students wanting to take Calculus (MATH 1130) with an ACT score below 26 or Pre-Calculus (MATH 1090) or Computer Programming I (CSCI 1110) with an ACT score below 23.
Assesses algebra skills, including logarithms and quadratic equations.
Calculus Readiness Placement covers the following areas:
For students wanting to take Physics 1080 or Calculus (MATH 1130) with a math ACT subscore below 26.
Assesses trigonometry skills, with an emphasis on right triangle trigonometry.
Trigonometry Placement covers the following areas:
There are four math placement assessments — Basic Skills, Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus Readiness. Make sure you prepare for the test that is designated for your major's math course requirement.
You may borrow textbooks or work with math tutors before taking your placement test. You may also check out our workshops, classes and math refresher problems available on Math Foundations and Khan Academy.
Use Math Foundations if you are taking the basic skills or algebra placement. Use Khan Academy to prepare for the calculus readiness and trigonometry placement assessments.
When should I take the math placement assessment?
You may take the assessment only once per placement period. The placement periods are:
Jan 1–Mar 31
Apr 1–Jun 30
Jul 1–Sep 30
Oct 1–Dec 31
You may take the math placement assessment online up to 72 hours before your registration event. The assessment is timed so that you will need at least 45 minutes when you can work without interruption.
Where do I get my placement assessment results?
When you complete the assessment, click the SUBMIT ASSESSMENT button. The assessment will immediately respond with a message regarding your results.
What if I don't pass the math placement assessment?
You may take the assessment only once per placement period. Before re-taking the assessment, you must develop a plan to improve your skills. Options to help you meet your academic goals include classes, workshops, and independent study. You will be directed to our innovative MATH 1010, a 2-credit math course devoted to meeting students "where they are at" so that can enroll in college level math.
Math placement assessments are administered by the O'Neill Center. If you encounter technical problems or have questions, feel free to visit or contact the O'Neill Center at email@example.com or 651.690.6563.
Improve your studying efficiency and comprehension, and reduce test-taking anxiety by consulting these resources. Contact the O'Neill Center if you need an appointment to go over any of them in more detail.