Instructions for Postal Submissions

As a Trinity student, you may eliminate paper, envelopes, and postage charges by sending your lessons online. An online lesson will usually be graded and returned within 30 business days of the time received.

For complete instructions on how to submit your lessons online go to the Online Lesson Submissions Instructions page.


TIPS

  1. Answers to audio recording questions should provide complete and concise responses to each question. Moreover, they should not aimlessly ramble on indefinitely. Therefore, good judgment must be exercised in determining what constitutes a response of adequate length. As a general rule, and depending on the nature of the question, questions that simply require the regurgitation of facts should not exceed 2 paragraphs; questions requiring analytical and critical thinking should not exceed 250 words (unless the question directs otherwise).

  2. Proofread your work before submitting your lesson. Take a break and review your lesson again even after you think you have made all of the corrections.


FORMATTING

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Sixth Edition by Kate L. Turabian is to be used as the default writing style manual where students do not receive explicit instructions from Trinity materials. Any specifications from the Trinity Course Study Guide take precedence over Turabian or any other Trinity materials.

Postal lesson submissions must adhere to the layout shown on the Submission Page Format which is included in Tab 3 of the Trinity Orientation Manual. Also, the layout is in the Frequently Used Forms section of the Appendix in the Student Handbook.

  1. Single-space and double-space appropriately:
    • Type the assignment word for word from your Study Guide, single-spaced.
    • Type and underline the question number and question single-spaced.
    • Double-space, then type your answer double-spaced – International Students except UK students may single-space their answers.

  2. Use font and margins appropriately:
    • Use Times New Roman size 12 point or equivalent font.
    • Use 1 inch top and bottom margins, 1½ inches left margin, and 1 inch right margin.
    • Begin typing on the first line or space below the top margin.
    • Pay careful attention to the audio recording and question number.
    • Include the question number (Example: Question 3 continued) when an answer continues on additional pages.

  3. Place the page number in the center at the bottom of the page. If the lesson includes front or back matter, divide the lesson into three sections with section one including the cover page and title page if applicable; section two including the body of the lesson; and section three including the bibliography if applicable. Only section two would need page numbers. To insert a cover page, title page, and back matter such as a bibliography without page numbers, using Microsoft Word, insert section breaks before and after the main body of the lesson by following the steps below.
    • Go to Insert, then Break, then Section Break (next page), then click OK.
    • Go to View, then Headers & Footers and center the cursor in the footer of section two. Go to the “header and footer” toolbar and click the button that says “same as previous.” The section two footer should go from saying “same as previous” to nothing at all.
    • With the cursor still in the footer box go to Insert, then Page Numbers (aligned to center), then click Format, and change the “Page numbering” from 'Continue from previous section' to ‘Start at,’ and set the number to one. Then click okay.

  4. When quoting material of eight lines or more—including Scripture verses—indent four spaces from the left margin and type single-spaced.


SUBMISSION

  1. Each Postal Lesson Submission must have a Cover Sheet. There is one blank master copy of the Cover Sheet included in Tab 3 of the Trinity Orientation Manual and the Frequently Used Forms section of the Appendix in the Student Handbook. This master copy may be duplicated for your use. When you complete a Cover Sheet, you must include your first and last name, student identification number, email address if available, the course name and course number, the assignment identification in the Study Guide, (for example, Assignment One), the Study Guide Code/Date/Version (found on the first page of the Study Guide), your degree program, and your current address and telephone number. If the assignment identification does not list an audio or project number, place “NA” (for not applicable) instead of an audio or project number. If you fail to include these items on each Cover Sheet, you run the risk of not receiving credit for your lesson submission.

    Faculty members are committed to giving lessons the attention they need to ensure quality grading. Lessons may take up to four weeks to be graded. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances which may cause a longer turnaround time. If a grade for a lesson is not received by the expected return date, an inquiry will be sent to the faculty member. Consequently, if a student does not receive a grade within an additional ten business days, the student may contact the Grades Coordinator at grades@trinitysem.edu.

    For dissertations, major writing projects, capstones, and theses, a minimal of forty-five days of turnaround time for grading should be allowed. The forty-five days applies to each submission (Proposal through Rough Draft).

  2. Always staple the pages of your lesson submission together in the upper left corner. For larger lesson submissions, you may use a binder clip. For dissertations, major writing projects, capstone research projects, and theses, rubber bands are acceptable. Remember that a Cover Sheet must be attached to each copy of the lesson submission.

  3. Lesson Submissions should not be faxed except under special circumstances and as approved through the Academic Department. Contact the Postal Lessons Coordinator at contact@trinitysem.edu. Use the following mailing guidelines.

    • United States Students will send completed lesson submissions to Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, 4233 Medwel Drive, Newburgh, Indiana 47630-2528 U.S.A. When sending a completed lesson submission to Trinity, always attach a self-addressed envelope of sufficient size. This will be used to return your lesson submission. Return envelopes must include prepaid postage. Students will be charged shipping and handling for insufficient size envelopes and/or postage. Refer to the Fee Schedule in the Student Handbook. Since different faculty members may evaluate lesson submissions from different courses, it will be necessary for you to provide a different self-addressed stamped envelope for each lesson submission bearing a different course name and number.

    • All International Students will send completed lesson submissions to Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, 4233 Medwel Drive, Newburgh, Indiana 47630-2528 U.S.A. When sending a completed lesson submission to the United States, always attach a self-addressed envelope of sufficient size. This will be used to return your lesson submission. Trinity will provide United States postage and charge your account for the postage required plus any additional shipping and handling costs. Students will be charged shipping and handling for insufficient size envelopes. Refer to the Fee Schedule in the Student Handbook. Since different faculty members may evaluate lesson submissions from different courses, it will be necessary for you to provide a different self-addressed envelope for each lesson submission bearing a different course name and number.

  4. To protect yourself against possible loss, please keep copies of all your lesson submissions before mailing them to the Trinity academic office. Please remember that credit cannot be given for lesson submissions that do not reach Trinity.