Mathematics Tutoring Center

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 2018 Hours

MONDAY - THURSDAY 9AM-9PM
FRIDAY 9AM-5PM

Summer 2018 Hours

MONDAY - FRIDAY 1PM-4PM

Tutors are available during these hours to help with homework, review concepts, help with study skills, and answer questions about math courses. Students are welcome to use the MTC as a study location so that a tutor is available if questions arise. Students may attempt homework on their own, and then bring specific questions in for tutor input.

STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE PREPARED TO WORK

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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 problems efficiently. Class notes allow the tutor to follow the same approach as the instructor to avoid confusion.  Please be aware that the MTC tutors do not "re-lecture" material from class.  MTC tutors are highly trained and motivated, but they cannot do your work for you, nor can they "teach" you, though they can help you learn to help yourself.  Relying on the MTC tutors to help you through your mathematics, before you have tried it on your own, is not a best practice for student success.

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.

MTC Services

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 discussed.

Library:

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.

Calculator Loans:

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.

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 questions. 

 *For other questions about mathematics tutoring, please contact Sibley Bryan, MTC Director (fsbryan@wcu.edu, 828-227-3830). 

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