myMCLA LOGON
DIRECTORY | SUPPORT MCLA   
MCLA Logo 125
A math formula written on glass

QUAC: Math Drop-In Center

About

After a successful first two years, MCLA is continuing to run the Mathematics Help Drop-In Center, a place for students with any questions related to mathematics. It is a low-stakes, low-pressure place for anyone to get help with any kind of math from tutors who are trained in mathematics and pedagogy and who know how to avoid pitfalls of stereotype threat and confirmation bias. Peer tutors will be available in the Center during daytime and evening hours, as shown below, with more than one tutor usually present. Among our tutors, we have the ability to assist with the mathematics portions of problems from any course in any department on campus, as well as the ability to help students studying for the mathematics portions of exams like the MTEL, GRE, and TEAS. The Center is free for the MCLA community to use, and all are welcome to drop in--no appointment necessary!

Location

The Center is located in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 101.

Hours, Autumn 2019

Hours for Autumn 2019:

  • Sundays, 4 - 8 pm
  • Mondays, 11 am - 1 pm and 4 - 6 pm
  • Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm and 2:15 - 8 pm
  • Wednesdays, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Thursdays, 4 - 8 pm

When can I meet with tutors who've taken my class?

The Math Drop in Center can help with other courses outside of the math department! See the Subject Matrix below for tutors who can help with courses in departments such as chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, and business. (click to expand):

How can I get the most out of my visit?

  • Sign the sign-in sheet when you first arrive.  A written record of how many students we serve, what the busiest times are, and in what course students are seeking help assists us in planning.
  • Leave your anonymous comments using the sign-out sheet when you leave. All feedback is welcome!
  • Bring your syllabus, textbook, class notes, homework and computer/calculator if appropriate.
  • Have specific questions.  It's not very helpful to tell the tutor you're confused about everything.  It's much more helpful to have picked out particular homework problems you are stuck on or particular topics or examples you want explained.
  • Seek out other students in the Center who are in the same course as you.  A lot can be accomplished by working in small groups, and it makes good use of the time you're waiting for the tutor.
  • Even though the tutors are very good mathematics students, they are still students, and so there may be occasional questions they can't answer.  Don't let this bother you; just return when a more experienced student or professor is in the Center.
  • Don't ask tutors to help you with a take-home test.  They are not allowed to do so.
  • The tutors have their own studies, so please don't bother them with questions when they are not working. We all need our spare time.

Tips in this section were adapted from Hofstra University's page.

Where can I get general help with math and coding on my own time?

Tutors

Amalia Badohu

Amalia works Tuesdays 11-1.

Erika Burgess

Erika Burgess (2020) is a math major from Bennington, Vermont. She has taken Calculus I-IV, Graph Theory, Intro to Mechanics, and Proof I. She also has a basic understanding of statistics. Erika enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and being President of the Cheer Squad.

Erika works Mondays 4-6 and Thursdays 6-8.

Erika Burgess - Headshot

Kelli Garrant

Kelli works Sundays 6-8 and Tuesdays 2-4 & 6-8.

Samantha Hinds

Samantha Hinds (2020) is a Fine and Performing Arts major from Northampton, MA. She has taken statistics, honors Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry. She enjoys performing and working on various artworks. Samantha works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4-6.

Dean Little

Dean Little

Dean Little (2021) is a double major in physics and biology with a minor in mathematics from Lowell, MA. He enjoys swimming and is interested in foreign languages. He has taken Calculus I-III, ODE, Intro E&M, and Mathematical Physics, and is currently enrolled in Partial Differential Equations, Calc IV, and Waves, Optics, and Relativity.

Dean works Sundays 4-6, Tuesdays 6-8, and Wednesdays 11-1.

Benjamin Michener

Ben Michener is a junior Computer Science major and Math minor from Mansfield, Massachusetts. Among other courses, he has taken Intro to Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, and Calculus I-III. In addition, Ben is also happy to look at any Java, Python, C#, C++, or PicBasic programs for his fellow software developers. In his free time, Ben can be found hiking in the woods around North Adams and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Ben works Sundays 4-6, Mondays 11-1, Tuesdays 11-1 & 4-6, and Wednesdays 11-1.

Benjamin Michener - Headshot
Meg Richardson (photo: MCLA Athletics via the Berkshire Eagle)

Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson is a math and secondary education double major and history minor from Adams, Massachusetts. She has taken Calculus I-IV, Proof I, Proof II, Linear Algebra, ODE, the History of Mathematics, Intro to Mechanics, and Psychology Research Methods I and II. She also possesses knowledge in Statistics. Megan is also a member of the Women’s Soccer team and has passed her Mathematics MTEL (teacher certification test) at both the secondary and middle school levels.

Meg works Mondays 11-1.


Sara Trova

Sara works Sundays 6-8 and Thursdays 5-7.



Ways to Encourage Your Students to Visit

Include This Blurb in your Syllabus

For help with mathematics, please visit MCLA’s Mathematics Help Drop-In Center, located in CSI 101 and open Sunday through Thursday nights. There you will find trained peer tutors who can help you with all matters related to math, from figuring out where to start, to firming up a shaky background, to practicing concepts and studying for exams. For information such as this semester’s hours of operation, please visit the Math Help Drop-In Center's website at mcla.edu/mathcenter

Invite a Tutor to Visit your Class

Have a friendly math tutor visit your class for a 15-minute presentation on the services the Math Help Drop-In Center offers. To schedule a class visit, please e-mail Kebra Ward at kebra.ward@mcla.edu.

Use Pre-Tests in your Class

Ungraded pre-tests can often help students decide early whether they will need help with the mathematics that an upcoming course topic entails, and such evaluations can often be given in five minutes, or as take-home assignments. For templates on particular topics, please e-mail Kebra Ward at kebra.ward@mcla.edu.

Invite Your Class to the Drop-In Center

Beginning a unit where the math is typically the students' biggest stumbling block? Schedule an after-hours help session inside the Drop-In Center! Tutors will meet with you beforehand, and will be on hand to help you help your students. To schedule a session, please email Kebra Ward at kebra.ward@mcla.edu.

Hand Out Promotional Materials

If you'd like informational brochures, flyers, and other such items to give to your students, please contact Kebra Ward at kebra.ward@mcla.edu.