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 Summer Quarter: July 1 - August 22, 2019
Monday - Thursday
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays and Non-Instructional Days
Monday, July 1 CLOSED: First day of classes
Thursday, August 22 CLOSED: Last day of classes
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!
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.
The Learning Center is an academic space and we ask that you observe the following guidelines to ensure a productive work environment for all.
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.
- Cell Phone Use
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.
We appreciate your cooperation!
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.
This is a link to Cascadia's online tutoring service, free to all currently enrolled
students. Tutoring is offered in most subjects.
Khan Academy offers video tutorials in a wide range of disciplines and subjects.
This site offers downloadable "cheat sheets" for algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.
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
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.