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Math Drop-In Center

For the Autumn 2021 semester, we are open in-person and online. In-person tutors will be working in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 101. Our hours are:

  • Sundays and Thursdays 7-9pm,
  • Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-12pm and 6-9pm
  • Wednesdays 11am-12pm and 7-9pm

During open hours, tutors in the Center will monitor our virtual Teams Channel on a laptop. Outisde of open hours, tutors are not required to respond to your message on Teams, but may sign in to do so if they are able. To visit the Channel virtually, please fill out the sign-in form here: bit.ly/MCLA_math_SIGNIN and then check your e-mail for an automated message describing how to proceed to our Teams Channel.

About

After a successful first four years, MCLA is continuing to run the Mathematics Help Drop-In Center, a place for students with any questions related to mathematics.

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 MCLA students, faculty, and staff are welcome to drop in—no appointment necessary!

How can I get the most out of my visit?

  • When you first arrive in the virtual Channel, file the sign-in form that will tell us: (1) what course you're here for, and (2) who your professor is. These records of how many students we serve, what the busiest times are, and in what course students are seeking help assists us in planning.
  • When you first arrive in the physical Room 101, fill in the sign-in form on paper (or online, your choice). This is for our own records, which we use in making staffing and operational decisions.
  • Leave your anonymous comments after your tutoring session by following the form link that will be sent to you via e-mail, and that is available on the "General" Teams sub-Channel.
  • Have your syllabus, textbook, class notes, homework and computer/calculator available 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 or Channel who are in the same course as you. A lot can be accomplished by breaking out into small group chats/calls, 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; if you can't work through the material, just return when a more experienced student or professor is in the Center or Channel.
  • 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 flood 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 outside of the drop-in center's hours?


Tutors

 

Robert LeonardRobert Leonard Headshot

Robert Leonard (2023) is a physics major from Watertown, MA. He offers tutoring in all introductory physics courses, Calculus 1-3, Differential Equations, and Modern Physics. He also has experience programming in Java and C++. Robert is currently enrolled in Electricity & Magnetism, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Thermodynamics and Intro to Python.

Robert works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8-9pm, and also Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm.

 


Tarcisio Ramos dos SantosPhoto of Tarcisio Ramos dos Santos

Tarcisio Ramos is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a minor in Math and Leadership. He is originally from Brazil and has been in the Berkshires for the last 9 years and counting. He has taken Calc I-III, and Intro to Stats.

Tarcisio works Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Mondays 6-7pm.

 

 



Holly Swanson HeadshotHolly Swanson

Holly Swanson is a computer science major and IT, math, and business administration minor from Poquoson, VA. She has taken Intro to Statistics, Calculus I-II, Intro. to Mechanics, Database, and Physics for Superheroes. 

Holly works Sundays through Thursdays 7-9pm.

 

 


Megan Walsh

Megan Walsh has recently been hired! We are awaiting a biography and photograph, but:

Megan works Tuesdays 10am-12pm and 6-8pm. 


Encourage Your Students to Visit

Include This Blurb in your Syllabus

The Math Help Drop-In Center is now open in-person as well as virtually on Microsoft Teams! To get in-person help with any math question from any course, please visit the Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation, Room 101 from 6-9pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. To get online help, follow this link: bit.ly/mcla_math_signin (case-sensitive), then fill in the sign-in sheet and follow the instructions that arrive in your e-mail inbox. Our tutors are friendly, supportive, and ready to help!

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 Erin Kiley at emkiley@mcla.edu .