Who are the Math Tutors?
We are primarily students like yourself with a little more experience in math. Some of us started with Math 054 or 055 and slowly made our way to calculus, so we know what you are going through. If you prefer working with an "expert," we have Educational Technicians who have already acquired their degrees in math or sciences.
Why go to the LC for math help?
If you are having trouble understanding what is going on in your math class or cannot finish your homework, you can come for help. Helping students in distress is indeed one of our main functions, yet it would be wrong to think that having "trouble" is the only reason to come see us. Students come for everything from a little moral support to sharing insights to discussing the nature of mathematics.
What are the Tutors likely to do for you?
We will try to make the math you are doing more comprehensible. This might include working on problems with you, explaining a concept, or simply letting you know you are on the right track. A simple statement of our philosophy might be that we help you help yourself. Yes, we know how trite that sounds, but it does underscore the idea that we are a resource to aid in your understanding, not a substitute for understanding.
Will I pass my math class if I come to the Learning Center?
Coming to the Learning Center will almost certainly increase your understanding of math, which is directly related to passing the course. But that alone will not get you through--attending lectures, doing your homework, and passing exams are important too. The more you do to try and better understand the mathematics you are learning, the better you will do in your math courses.
What other services do you provide?
A grant from the Alaska State Library provides Alaskan students with free access to live one-on-one online help with assignments, papers and exam preparation in math, science, social studies and writing. Visit tutor.com via the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway on the web any day of the week from 1 pm until 12 am.
There are periodic workshops offered during the semester that range from course specific problem solving sessions to how to effectively use your calculator. During these workshops you can review course material in a group setting, moderated and assisted by a tutor. We also have a collection of math exams for review online, which will help you prepare for your tests. Textbooks and calculators are available for use at the Learning Center, and some textbooks can be checked out.
If there is a service you wish we offered, come tell us about it or call us at 796-6348. We are always open to suggestions.