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Helping you prepare.

Every step of the way.

Here's one more way we help you succeed: Baker College Learning Support Services. Our Learning Center—staffed with a full-time director and equipped with computers and a quiet study area—is available for you to use whenever you need it.

We offer testing services, writing help, academic resources, and free tutoring for all Baker students in every academic area. All you have to do is ask. 

Contact Us

(810) 989-2126
learningcenter-ph@baker.edu

FAQ'S

  • How do I find out if there are any waiver tests for courses in my program?

    Any former, current, or prospective student may take any waiver test, as long as prerequisites have been met. The list of classes you can test out of are listed in the Baker catalog. To make an appointment to take a waiver test, contact Learning Support Services on your campus.

  • Where can I find practice tests for my exam?

    First, search for the name of your exam in Baker's Book Catalog or the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). We can send books to your campus library for you to pick up. You will need your 14-digit Library Card number, which can be found on the back of your Baker ID Card or in SOLAR.

    Baker also subscribes to Learning Express Library, a database that specializes in providing practice exams.

    • Visit the Baker Library Articles and Databases.
    • Click on the Practice Tests and Career category.
    • Click on Learning Express Library.
  • How do I sign up for tutoring?

    Contact Learning Support Services on your campus to sign up for tutoring. If you're a Baker Online student or the in a Center for Graduate Studies program, you may request tutoring by visiting Blackboard's Community tab, in the Institution Discussion Boards area.

  • Do I have to take the SAT or the ACT test to be admitted to Baker College?

    As a “right-to-try,” or “open opportunity,” institution, Baker College does not require either ACT or SAT tests as a condition of admission. However, if you do take one or both tests, we encourage you to have the test results sent to Baker College. Talk to the admissions advisor on your campus to learn more about our undergraduate admissions policy.

  • If I need help with my reference page, should I make an appointment at the Writing Center or can someone at the library help me?

    It depends on the help you need. A reference librarian or Learning Center staff member may be able to help you, but they may refer you to the Writing Center. To find out how to schedule an appointment at your campus, contact your campus librarians.

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Learning Support Services at Baker College

Learning Support Services

Helping you prepare.

Every step of the way.

Here's one more way we help you succeed: Baker College Learning Support Services. Our Learning Center—staffed with a full-time director and equipped with computers and a quiet study area—is available for you to use whenever you need it.

We offer testing services, writing help, academic resources, and free tutoring for all Baker students in every academic area. All you have to do is ask. 

Contact Us

(810) 989-2126
learningcenter-ph@baker.edu

Staff

Gytina Roy
Academic Resource Coordinator

Netra Hughes
Academic Resource Coordinator

Ellen Horton
Academic Resource Coordinator 

Tutoring

Take advantage of our free tutoring services whenever you need some extra help with a course. Tutoring is available to all registered students on any campus within the Baker College System.

For certain courses, you may have a professional tutor. For others, your tutor will be a student who has already taken and passed the course successfully. Studies show that this type of tutoring—called peer tutoring—is very effective. By sharing experiences, actively listening, and asking questions, students and tutors can develop a rapport and a relationship that fosters learning and independent thought.

What to Expect from Tutoring 

  • Tutoring is collaborative.
  • You are expected to be an active participant and contributor in each session.
  • Your tutor will determine what help you need. For example, if you need to work on math fundamentals, an explanation of an algebraic concept will be unproductive. 
  • Your tutor will discuss underlying principles, and walk you through examples to help you understand concepts and resolve errors. You then apply what you learn to your homework, reinforcing your learning through practice.

Schedule Your Tutoring Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a tutor:

  • Contact Learning Support Services on your campus. Tutors may not be available for all subjects. 
  • You can schedule two tutoring appointments per week, per subject. 
  • Walk-in appointments depend upon tutor availability. 

If you are unable to keep your appointment with your tutor: 

  • Contact Learning Support Services as soon as possible. 
  • Cancellations made within one hour of your appointment will be counted as a missed appointment. 
  • Excessive missed appointments may revoke your future tutoring privileges. 

Prepare for Each Tutoring Session

Make the most of your session by being prepared: 

  • Attend class.
  • Take notes.
  • Read assignments.
  • Do homework problems.
  • Bring all relevant materials, including textbook, the syllabus, class notes, past papers, and past tests to tutoring sessions.

Becoming a Tutor

  • Most student tutoring positions are work-study positions, paid for by the Federal Work Study program. 
  • Check with the Financial Aid Office on your campus to see if you qualify for the work-study program.
  • If you qualify, contact your campus Learning Center for open positions. 
  • For more information on how to apply, please see Financial Aid/Work Aid
Testing

Learning Support Services oversees tests for placement and waivers and can provide test proctoring and accommodations for students with special needs. 

Placement Tests 

When you enter Baker College, you must complete a placement test—either ACT, Compass, or ASSET—unless you have:

  • College-level transfer credit in English or math, or
  • Scores from previous testing that meet Compass, ASSET, ACT, or SAT minimum scores, or
  • You are not seeking a degree.

To learn more about placement tests visit the Compass/ASSET Web Site.

To see examples of placement test questions, visit the ACT Compass Web Site.

For more information about placement testing, please see your Academic Advisor.

Waiver Tests

Through waiver testing, Baker College is able to offer non-traditional credits for students who have already gained knowledge and experience through their academic and professional backgrounds.

You can earn waiver test credit for the knowledge and skills you have.

  • Credit is awarded based on an examination developed by Baker College in the subject area.
  • Any former, current, or prospective student may take any waiver test, as long as prerequisites have been met.
  • You must take a waiver test before the course begins. Once you begin a course, you are not eligible to take a waiver test.
  • A waiver test for a course may be taken only once.

For a full list of Baker College courses that have waiver tests, download the current catalog (22.2 MB).

To see the required student learning outcomes for courses with waiver tests:

  • Go to Solar System.
  • Type in User ID and Password.
  • Select Star System.
  • Go to Academic Office.
  • Click on Course Documents.
  • Select Undergraduate (submit).
  • Select the Course Area.
  • Select the Course.
  • Click on Student Learning Outcomes.

Credit by Examination - Baker College of Flint 

National credit by examination programs offer the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. At Baker, these exam programs are only available through the Flint Campus. They include:

For more information about credit by examination or to schedule an exam, contact the Testing Services Department by email at fltesting@baker.edu or call (810) 766-4300.

GED Testing Service

Baker College is an authorized GED Testing Facility. Testing is done via computer through the Pearson VUE testing system.

Requesting Accommodations for Special Needs

Each Learning Support Center has assistive technology for students with documented disabilities.

  • Talk with the Learning Support Services staff on your campus to set up testing times and discuss options available.
  • Accommodations that require Learning Center staff assistance may require 72 hours notice.

For more information on requesting accommodations, contact the disability services coordinator in your campus Academic Office.

Test Proctoring

If you cannot take a test during its scheduled testing time, test proctoring services may be available. However, other instructor/student alternatives should be considered first.

Non-Baker Student Proctoring

  • COMPASS Test for non-Baker students:
    • $50 for all three tests
    • $20 for each individual test
  • Other Non-Baker tests may be proctored for a small fee.
Resources

Learning Support Services offers many academic resources to enrich your classroom learning and explore subjects in more depth. 

In addition to free tutoring, workshops, study groups, DVDs, CDs, and other academic resources we provide in the Learning Center, you can access computers and online tutorials. 

Online Tutorials

Below, you'll find links to web sites designed to help you improve study skills, prepare for tests, and increase your understanding of math, science, and writing. 

Test, Certification, and Licensure Exam Preparation
Baker's Learning Express Library Database has:

  • Practice exams and tutorials for math, reading, writing, law enforcement, education nursing, allied health, and more. 
  • Practice tests for both pre-professional entrance exams and licensure/certification exams.

How to Study 
Helpful insights that can help you:

  • Prepare and set goals
  • Gather information and work with it
  • Take tests
  • Handle anxiety

Academic Skills Online Videos 
Developed by the Centre for Student Development at McMaster University, these videos focus on: 

  • How to effectively study
  • Time management
  • Note taking
  • Test prep
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Problem solving
  • Writing, and more

How to Study - Dartmouth
Helpful ideas on:

  • How and where to study
  • Improving your concentration and memory

Videos - Learning Strategies - Dartmouth  
Tips and information about: 

  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Reading improvement
  • Test prep
  • Stress management
  • Test taking

Study Guides and Strategies
Information to help you with: 

  • Time management
  • Studying
  • Memorizing
  • Reading, and more

Math Resources

MyFoundationsLab
Offers skill-building activities for:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math

Math Tutorials 
Videos provide step-by-step explanations of math concepts including:

  • Dividing polynomials
  • Slope
  • Slope-intercept, and more

InterAct Math 
Exercises that supplement Pearson math textbooks. Before you visit the web site, read these instructions. InterAct Math exercises include:

  • Interactive guided solutions
  • Sample problems

Khan Academy Math Videos 
Instructional videos on:

  • Basic math
  • Pre-algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus, and more

Math TV.com
Math videos on:

  • Basic math
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus, and more

HippoCampus Videos
Video and digital media covering:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Probability, and more

That Quiz
Math test activities and practice quizzes, with instant feedback on accuracy.

Reading and Writing Resources

MyFoundationsLab
Skill-building activities for:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math

Turnitin.com  
A Web-based tool to help students avoid plagiarism. Before visiting turnitin.com, please read these instructions.

Additional Writing and Research Resources

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Offers over 200 free resources for:

  • Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Style guides, and more

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Extensive resources on grammar and writing at the:

  • Sentence level
  • Paragraph level
  • Essay and research level, and more

Dr. Grammar
This University of Northern Iowa service offers tips and insights:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Grammar and writing resources
  • Business communication, and more

Science Resources

The Virtual Body
Maps of:

  • Brain
  • Skeleton
  • Human heart
  • Digestive system

That Quiz
Quiz yourself, with instant feedback on accuracy, on:

  • Human anatomy
  • Cell structure
  • Elements, and more

Web Site Links for Anatomy and Physiology 

Anatomy and physiology resources are available on Baker's Research Guide page.

HippoCampus Videos
Video and digital media covering:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science, and more

Khan Academy Videos 
Instructional videos on:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry, and more
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FAQ's

  • How do I find out if there are any waiver tests for courses in my program?

    Any former, current, or prospective student may take any waiver test, as long as prerequisites have been met. The list of classes you can test out of are listed in the Baker catalog. To make an appointment to take a waiver test, contact Learning Support Services on your campus.

  • Where can I find practice tests for my exam?

    First, search for the name of your exam in Baker's Book Catalog or the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). We can send books to your campus library for you to pick up. You will need your 14-digit Library Card number, which can be found on the back of your Baker ID Card or in SOLAR.

    Baker also subscribes to Learning Express Library, a database that specializes in providing practice exams.

    • Visit the Baker Library Articles and Databases.
    • Click on the Practice Tests and Career category.
    • Click on Learning Express Library.
  • How do I sign up for tutoring?

    Contact Learning Support Services on your campus to sign up for tutoring. If you're a Baker Online student or the in a Center for Graduate Studies program, you may request tutoring by visiting Blackboard's Community tab, in the Institution Discussion Boards area.

  • Do I have to take the SAT or the ACT test to be admitted to Baker College?

    As a “right-to-try,” or “open opportunity,” institution, Baker College does not require either ACT or SAT tests as a condition of admission. However, if you do take one or both tests, we encourage you to have the test results sent to Baker College. Talk to the admissions advisor on your campus to learn more about our undergraduate admissions policy.

  • If I need help with my reference page, should I make an appointment at the Writing Center or can someone at the library help me?

    It depends on the help you need. A reference librarian or Learning Center staff member may be able to help you, but they may refer you to the Writing Center. To find out how to schedule an appointment at your campus, contact your campus librarians.

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