The Mathematics Tutoring Center (MTC), located in Stillwell 455, is an associated service of the Writing and Learning Commons Group. We are located on the fourth floor of Stillwell, within the Math and Computer Science Department. Please come visit us!
Hours of Operation
Below, is the normal schedule of operation, subject to change due to tutors' schedules,
holidays, and other scheduling shifts. Each semester's schedule is posted inside the
MTC, so drop by to check for variations.
Fall/Spring 2019-2020 Hours
MONDAY - THURSDAY 9AM-9PM
Summer 2019 Hours
MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-5PM
Tutors are available during these hours to help with 100-level and 200-level math
courses. For certain 300-level courses, we can offer some limitted guidance, but students
are typically asked to work with their professors for these courses. Specifically,
in the 100 and 200-level courses, we can offer guidance for: homework problems, review
concepts, help with study skills, and answer general mathematics questions or offer
similar problems to mirror the ones from your class that are giving you trouble. Students
are welcome to use the MTC as a study location so that a tutor is available if questions
arise. Students should attempt homework on their own, first, and then bring specific
questions in for tutor input.
STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE PREPARED TO WORK
Students getting help in the MTC
Come prepared with course textbook(s), class notes, laptop (if needed, some desktops
are available but are limited), calculator (if needed), and attempts at homework problems.
Though it does maintain a library of textbooks, the MTC does not always have copies
of all current textbooks, so it is important for students to bring their own copy.
Bringing attempted work, even if it is incorrect, will help the tutor diagnose any
challenges you may be having efficiently. Class notes allow the tutor to follow the
same approach as the instructor to avoid confusion. Please understand that the MTC
tutors do not re-lecture material from class. MTC tutors are highly trained and motivated
students, but they cannot do your work for you, nor can they shoulder the responsibility
to teach you. Our tutors are trained to meet you where you are having trouble, and
our expectation is that you come prepared to learn and work with us.
The center also offers an individual tutoring program with regularly scheduled appointments
for students with a specific peer tutor. This program is available to students who
have tried the drop-in service and find that they need more structure and consistency
than drop-in tutoring. Most students find that the drop-in service will meet their
needs, once they develop a routine of attending.
Drop-in Tutoring Program:
Peer tutors available during regular hours to help with homework, review concepts,
study skills, and to answer questions about math courses. Just come on in Stillwell
455 and find a seat anywhere there is space. You will see a blue and a red cup stacked
on each table in the MTC - flip the cups so that the red one is on top when you have
worked yourself into a place where you need help, and a tutor will get to you as soon
as they can. Does the drop-in style not work so well for you? Please let the Director
know if you are having difficulty with the drop-in model, so other options can be
A library of textbooks is maintained for students, as supplement to their regular
textbook. Materials from this collection, or materials provided by an instructor,
may be checked out by students.
The MTC keeps a few spare calculators in the Director's office that it loans out to
individuals. We do not keep many, so come early if you know you forgot yours and
you have a test that day! All we ask is that you return it as you found it, and leave
your CatCard in exchange for the calculator until you are done with it.
Course-Specific Tutoring Sessions:
The MTC will often announce course-specific tutoring sessions that are held around
campus. Keep an eye out for digital signage around campus for these announcements.
And if you are registered for a math class, keep an eye out for emails from MTC@WCU.EDU,
for regular announcements and updates about tutoring sessions.
Visits to appropriate classes:
At the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester, visits to 100-level mathematics
courses are made by the Director or trained MTC student representatives.
The MTC offers help with studying for the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT exams. Visit our Graduate and Professional Exam Preparation page to learn more.
Interested in working in the mtc?
Learn about becoming a a MTC Tutor here.
Learn About becoming a Tutor for a specific Math Course here.
Learn about other Campus Employment options here.
Other Student resources
A student's first and best resource for their mathematics course is the professor
or instructor teaching the course. Students should make every effort to meet with
their professor or instructor, early on in the semester, if and when they feel the
need, as a best practice for student success. Keep in mind that there is no substitute
for: showing up for class prepared, engaging in classroom lectures, discussions and
assignments, doing the homework, reading the textbook(s), taking good notes, and asking
*For other questions about mathematics tutoring, please contact Sibley Bryan, MTC Director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-227-3830).