Math CenterMath, Science, and BIT Tutoring



 MATH, SCIENCE, AND BIT TUTORING

Need a little help with math or science? Our qualified tutors are available to provide individual and small group assistance on a drop-in basis. All of our tutors are prepared to work with students through at least MATH 142 and many have completed more advanced coursework. We are also able to provide some tutoring in chemistry, physics, and programming (BIT). Services are free and available to all currently enrolled Cascadia students, and no appointment is necessary.
         

Tutoring Hours Fall Quarter: September 27 - December 15, 2017

Monday - Thursday
9:00am-7:00pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday Holidays and Non-Instructional Days CLOSED

CLOSURES 
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017      Friday Hours Observed
Friday, December 15 CLOSED: Last day of classes

 

Math Center Policies and Procedures

Make the Most of your Tutorial Services

The tutors will help guide you through the process of understanding the subject matter. They will not do your homework for you or answer questions without challenging you to think. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your tutorial time:

  • Study your textbook and lecture notes thoroughly and attempt your assignment before you go for tutoring help.
  • Try to identify specific questions or concepts you need to address during the tutoring session.
  • Expect the tutor to ask you questions about the material. They do this to find out what you understand and to provide you with information and strategies tailored to your individual needs.
  • Be patient. During peak times we often run a waitlist. Use this opportunity to review your notes and textbook, work on your assignments, and form peer study groups. You should take advantage of the benefits found in group study.
  • Expect the tutor to suggest general study strategies to help you improve your overall academic performance. These strategies will help in all of your courses.
  • Never wait until the day before the test to seek assistance. Study a few hours each day, and keep up with your assignments. It is easier to keep up than to catch up!
  • Remember that there are many support services available to you as a student at Cascadia. Visit faculty office hours, attend supplemental instruction sessions and student success workshops when available, form study groups with your friends, and visit the Learning Center. Take advantage of all of your resources! 

Waitlist Procedures

Tutoring for math, science, and BIT operates on a drop-in system. This means that you can stop by at any time during our hours of operation to work with a tutor. We work with students on a first-come-first serve basis and use a waitlist when there are more students needing help than tutors available. During busy times, the wait time can be significant. We encourage students to work on their assignments individually or with peers while they wait.

Guidelines of Use

  • Sign In. All students must sign in to use this space at the kiosks located at the entrances to the Learning Center. If you are having difficulty signing in, our office assistants are happy to help.

    Use of space. The Learning Center may be used for most academic purposes. Students can work on assignments individually or in small groups, request tutor help, or use our computers for coursework. Because this is a learning environment we ask that you use break out areas for all recreational activities.

    Computer use. Learning Center computers are for academic purposes only. Please note that video games in the Learning Center, on our computers or your personal devices, is strictly prohibited.

    Noise. The Learning Center is an academic space and we ask that you observe the following guidelines to ensure a productive work environment for all:

    • Please silence cell phones and take phone conversations into the hallway
    • Please use headphones for all audio material (video clips, music, etc.). If you do not have your own, you may borrow a pair from the front desk at no charge.
    • Please take social conversations out of the Learning Center.
    • Please respect others’ work space by remaining aware of the volume of your voice and that of your group.

    Food. Food and uncovered beverages are not permitted at Learning Center computers. Away from the computers, students may consume unobtrusive food or drinks while working. If not working, please use break out areas to eat.

    Requesting tutor help. Drop-in tutoring in the Learning Center takes place on a first-come-first-serve basis. To add your name to the waitlist, please see the office assistant at the entrance. 

    Clean up after yourself. Before you go, please check your work area and clear any debris.

We appreciate your cooperation!

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Requesting a Disability Accommodation

If a student would like to request that any branch of tutoring services provide an accommodation due to a disability, they should work directly with Disability Student Services (DSS) to complete the accommodation application paperwork. Information about this process is available on the DSS webpage. Once this step has been completed, tutoring services will work with DSS to determine a reasonable accommodation for the student. Accommodations are generally made on a quarter-by-quarter and class-by-class basis. This means that most arrangements pertain only to a specific class and quarter.

 

Please note that tutoring services cannot work directly with students to make accommodations as we are not qualified to evaluate individual disabilities. To ensure that student requests are handled in a manner that is informed, consistent, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodation requests must come to us directly from the DSS office.

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Useful Links

eTutoring

This is a link to Cascadia's online tutoring service, free to all currently enrolled students. Tutoring is offered in most subjects.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers video tutorials in a wide range of disciplines and subjects. 

Paul's Online Math Notes

This site offers downloadable "cheat sheets" for algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

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Tutor Assisted Study Groups 

 

 Students can now request tutor support for their existing study groups. For more information about this program and information about requesting a tutor, please review this handout [pdf]

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Tutoring by Appointment

We offer 45 minute tutoring appointments for a limited selection of courses each quarter. For information about this program and how to schedule appointments, please read the following document [pdf]

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Handouts and Worksheets

Coming soon...  

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FAQ

 

Tutoring Services General

 

Who can use tutoring services in the Learning Center?

 

All students currently taking classes at Cascadia College may use tutoring services.

 

Who are the tutors?

 

Our tutors have successfully completed coursework in their designated tutoring subject(s), have been recommended by a faculty member in their tutoring area(s), and have completed a tutor training program.  While most of our tutors are current students at Cascadia or a four-year institution, some of our tutors have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

 

How much does it cost?

 

Tutoring services are free to all currently enrolled Cascadia College students.

 

Can I get tutoring help online, by phone, or by email?

 

Cascadia College participates in the Western E-Tutoring Consortium, which offers online tutoring in most subjects and is free to all currently enrolled students.  You can access this service at http://etutoring.cascadia.edu.  The Learning Center does not offer tutoring by phone or email.

 

Where are you located?

 

CC2-060 and CC2-080, in the north corner of the CC2 building.

 

Why do I have to log in?

 

Logging-in allows us to track usage of the center: the days, weeks and hours students are using our services, the courses that bring you to us, and the total number of students using the Center during a given quarter.  These numbers help us secure funding to keep the center running, determine when and how to schedule our tutors, and develop other learning assistance programs like workshops and Supplemental Instruction (SI). 

 

Math, Science, and BIT Tutoring

 

What kind of help do tutors provide?

 

Tutors work with students individually and in small groups, and each session is tailored to the specific needs and questions of the individual.  While our tutors are knowledgeable they are not experts, so helping students may mean that they work alongside them to review notes and the textbook. 

 

Our goal is to provide students with the skills to think and work independently.  To achieve this, our tutors use questions and dialogue to actively engage students in the learning process.  Please note that tutors cannot provide students with help on take-home exams and will not do homework for the student. 

 

Can I make a one-on-one appointment to work with a math tutor?

 

Our math, science, and BIT tutoring function primarily on a drop-in basis, but we have appointments available on a limited basis. Please review our ‘Tutoring by Appointment’ link above.

 

How do I know if there will be a tutor working who can help me with my subject?

 

A schedule is posted in the Learning Center and on our webpage listing tutor hours and the courses they have completed.  Please reference this schedule to determine the best time to receive help in your area. 

 

What should I bring to the Learning Center?

 

You should bring your textbook, calculator, class notes, and any questions that you have. 

 

How much time should I allow?

 

Tutors generally work with students in 10-15 minute blocks of time.  Students can receive additional help as needed using the waitlist system and they may continue to work independently on homework in the Center after receiving help from a tutor. 

 

I don’t like waiting for help.  What days/times is the tutoring area less busy?

 

It is hard for us to predict when we will be busy as this can change from week to week and quarter to quarter.  The first and last hour we are open is generally less busy and Fridays are traditionally our quietest days, but we can never guarantee that immediate help will be available.  If you require immediate assistance and the tutors are busy, you can always take advantage of our free online tutoring services available through etutoring.cascadia.edu. 

 

 

I am interested in hiring a private tutor.  Can the Learning Center recommend one of its tutors?

 

We are unable to share our tutor information with the public or provide any kind of reference.  These tutors often post signs with their services and contact information on the communal bulletin boards around campus, so we recommend that you reference these.

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Become a Tutor

Visit Become a Tutor page for details and application.

Tutoring is a great way to strengthen your content knowledge while helping fellow students better understand their course material. 

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