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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. Your Baker College campus Learning Center, staffed with a full-time director, and equipped with computers and quiet study areas, is available for you to use whenever you need it.

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

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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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. Your Baker College campus Learning Center, staffed with a full-time director, and equipped with computers and quiet study areas, is available for you to use whenever you need it.

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

Writing Center

Writing Center

Baker College has Writing Centers on six campuses, staffed by Baker instructors. These writing experts can help you improve your writing skills and provide individual assistance throughout the writing process for research papers, essays, presentations, and other class assignments.

To make an appointment for writing assistance, contact the Writing Center on your campus. For writing assistance and appointments on other campuses, contact Learning Support Services.

Contact Us

Allen Park
(313) 425-3711

Auburn Hills
(248) 276-5532

Cadillac
(231) 876-3123

Clinton Township
(586) 790-5229
Visit WCOnline to schedule an appointment.

Muskegon
(231) 777-5345
writingcenter-mu@baker.edu

Owosso
(989) 729-3682
E-mail specific questions to writingcenter-ow@baker.edu

Tutoring

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

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 website.

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

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:
    • $25 for all sections
  • Other Non-Baker tests may be proctored for a small fee.
Resources

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 websites 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

InterAct Math
Exercises that supplement Pearson math textbooks. Before you visit the website, 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

Website 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

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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