FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for the Math Center


What is the Math Center?
The Math Center is a free, walk-in tutorial service which offers assistance to students in math courses. No appointments are needed; students are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Because the lab is designed to assist as many students as possible, we cannot offer extensive, one-on-one tutoring. If you need extensive tutoring, you may want to consider to sign up for a one-on-one tutor.

How can I sign up for a one-on-one tutor?
You are able to sign up for one-on-one tutor service through Starfish in Blackboard. Follow instructions as follows:
1. Sign in Blackboard
2. Click on Starfish tab
3. Click on Courses icon
4. Pick the course you need tutoring help with and selection service you need, Math Coaching.
5. Click on schedule appointment
6. Choose a day that works for you. Bold days indicates availability.
7. Pick time slot
8. Briefly, explain your goals or you want the coach should know
9. Click submit

Where is the Math Center?
The Math Center is located in Jordan Student Academic Center #2210.

Why should I come to the Math Center?
If you're currently enrolled in a math course, the Math Center is a good place to do your homework. If you have any questions on your homework assignment, a coach will be available to provide a guide. Having your questions answered while you are doing homework which allows you to finish your assignment in less time with less frustration.
If you're having trouble understanding the material that's being covered in class, our coaches can provide you a quick review of the mathematical concepts to better understanding. The Math Center is not a substitute for class.
If you are studying for a test or exam, Math Center coaches can help you review and understand for your test/exam preparation.

Who works in the Math Center?
Math Center Coaches are graduate and undergraduate Gallaudet University students who are majoring in math, education, business, computer science, physics and other fields of study. A full-time faculty member as Math Center Coordinator supervises the Math Center.

What happens when I come to the Math Center?
Once you are in the Math Center, make yourself comfortable at a table. Many students use the lab as a place to do their homework, so it's not unusual to see students quietly working on their own. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask one of our coaches. Even though they sometimes seem preoccupied with other things, our coaches are always ready and willing to help answer your questions. The Math Center is a place where active learning occurs. There are white boards where you can write down math problems and learn the process on how to solve.

How can I use the Math Center's computers?
Computers use is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a few rules that you need to keep in mind when using computers: It's always wise to save your work often and save your work on your own memory storage device (USB). There is no printer available in the Math Center.

When should I come to the Math Center?
You are welcome to visit the Math Center anytime it's open. Why not make the Math Center a regular part of your study routine? Then when test/exam comes, you won't have to do any frantic, last minute cramming; you already will be relaxed and ready for the test. It's a place where you can practice and review your math skills.

What can we cover in math coaching session?
It's best to come prepared with questions. Typically, the coach will work with you through a problem similar to those you're working on in class. The coach will demonstrate and then allow you to do some problems to make sure you're on the right track.

How much does it cost?
The services of the Math Center are covered by the University. There is no additional cost.

Are there time limits on the amount of tutoring offered?
To receive help, you may walk in anytime during our posted Math Center hours. There are no constraints on the number of walk-in visits. However, during peak times, coaches may be busy and will assist every student in a fair manner as time allows.