Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for the Math Center

What is the Math Center?
The Math Center is a drop-in center for any student taking a math class at Gallaudet University. The primary purpose of the center is to offer an active learning environment which encourages students to become independent learners. Students may use the center to study, practice skills, and work on assignments for classs. 

How can I sign up for a one-on-one appointment?
You are able to sign up for one-on-one appointment 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.

Can Math Coaches help with graded assignments and take-home tests?
No, we can't help to answer the questions from graded assignments and/or take-home tests.

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.

Is the Math Center equipped with computers and printers?
Yes, we do have computers but  have no printers. Students are welcome to use these computers as long they are available. The best practice is to save your work often on your own memory storage device (USB).

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 do you expect from tutoring?
A tutor is not a substitute for your teacher. Prior to a tutoring session, read your textbook and complete as much of your homework. You will benefit from tutoring if you come to the center with questions about homework or project that you didn't understand. You should bring your textbook, class notes, graded test papers, class handouts, etc. Math Coach provides expertise, experiences and encouragement. Coaches do not provide "answers" but assist in problem solving and helping students find their own answers.

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.