Appointment Tutoring

The MSLC offers 30-minute Recurring Appointment Tutoring

 

Appointments are best used when you need more assistance than you're able to receive in drop-in tutoring.  For example, students who find they regularly need help on more than half the homework problems.

You will schedule your first appointment through OnCourse: Step-by-step Instructions on scheduling an appointment

At the end of your first appointment, the tutor will ask if you'd like to make the appointment weekly recurring and then help you schedule.

We offer recurring appointments for:

Math 1050, 1075, 1120, 1130, 1131, 1140, 1148, 1149, 1150

Math 2153, 2173, 2177, 2182H, 2255, 2415, 2568, 3345

Expectations

Our expectations are created with the learner in mind.  Through assisting on homework, our goal is to help you understand and make sense of the mathematics.  Learning and being successful in math requires more than memorization of formulas and procedures.  Learning math requires each student to reason through and make sense of why procedures work and the concepts behind them.  It requires students to make connections across mathematical topics and between algebraic notation and graphs.  To create an environment which supports these goals, we have the following expecations of you, as well as expectations for your interactions with the tutor.

  • Tutoring should be used in combination with attending lecture and recitation.  Not only is there not enough time in the tutor session, but your instructors have valuable knowledge as instructors that our tutors cannot replace.
  • Come to tutoring with questions in mind.  You'll get the most out of tutoring if you've already started the homework and identified problems which cause difficulty or if you come with questions regarding your lecture/recitation.
  • It is important that you are the one doing most of the writing and thinking to develop your own understandings.  Our tutors are trained to ask you questions to help you think through problems, not to do problems for you.
  • We prefer you join the Zoom meeting with both your iPad to screenshare your writing and homework, as well as a laptop or phone for video.  Facial expressions tell the tutor a lot about what you're thinking and can help tutoring be more effective. You can use a virtual background if that would make you more comfortable. 
  • Try to minimize distractions during your tutoring session.  We prefer you keep your phone on silent and refrain from eating.  Animals are welcome to make an appearance, but do your best to not let them be a distraction from your learning.
  • Please be respectful of the tutor's time as well as others needing appointments.  If you need to cancel, do so at least 24 hours in advance.  After a third cancellation or no-show during the semester, your remaining appointments will be cancelled.
  • Be on time.  Tutors will only wait 10 minutes past your scheduled start time.  Your session will also end promptly at the ending time as there may be a student scheduled after you.

Technology

Please read our technology instructions on using Zoom screensharing, whiteboard, and annotating before your first tutoring session: Zoom Instructions

Please note, our tutors are peer undergraduate tutors who have recently taken the course and received a B+ or higher.  That means they may not know all the answers right away but are in an excellent position to work through the problems with you and give you student to student advice on the course.

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