Panorama of students working in the MLC

 

The MLC is a safe place where students can ask mathematics or statistics questions of qualified tutoring staff. We aim to assist students develop their current understanding of respective course content by asking questions and guiding students through the learning process. We help students obtain the necessary study skills in order to communicate course material effectively and take responsibility for their own learning.

Hours and Location

Fall and Spring Semester Hours

Location

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm  
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm 
  • Wilson Hall 1-112
  • This is the first floor and southwest corner of Wilson hall

Note: The MLC is closed on all student holidays and the hours apply to all regular class days. The hours for finals week Fall 2018 are slightly adjusted:

Monday 12/10/18 - Thursday 12/13/18: 8am-6pm

Friday 12/14/18: 8am-10am 

A schedule of Instructors for Finals Week can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Math courses we tutor: M105, M121, M132, M133, M151, M161, M165, M166, M171, M172, M181, M182, M221, M273, M274, M283, M284

Statistics courses we tutor: Stat 216, Stat 217, Stat 332

We are staffed by the Department of Mathematical Sciences Instructors. These Instructors consist of both Mathematical Sciences graduate students as well as non-tenure track faculty. We also have undergraduate tutors. These undergraduate tutors typically have taken mathematics courses at least through M172. We have between 4-8 tutors on staff at all times and the combined experience typically covers most course levels at any given time.

The MLC is a drop-in tutoring center supported by the student fees from the courses we tutor. We scan student IDs to ensure students are enrolled in one of the courses listed above.

We are sorry, but since the MLC is supported by student fees from courses we tutor, we cannot offer assistance for other courses.

The undergraduate student at the sign in desk will ask for your Cat card. They will swipe the card and confirm you are enrolled in a course. We encourage you to sit at the table with your course number assigned to it as you'll likely find other students taking that course sitting there. Of course, however, sit where is most comfortable for you. Once you arrive, get out your assignment, course notes, and pencil.  Raise your hand when you have a question and a tutor will come over to assist you.

It's a great idea to bring any materials necessary to effectively work on your assignments. Bring your course notes, textbook, and/or computer if desired. Once you've worked on a problem and have a question, raise your hand and a tutor will come to you to assist. Please come prepared to invest your time and energy in fostering new and improved study skills. You can expect a tutor to ask you what you have already attempted. They might inquire where the material is located in your notes. The might ask what your thoughts are on an initial direction for the problem.
Yes! Honestly, a lot of us don't know how to start a math or statistics problem immediately. We must all read the problem a couple of times and think about what we've learned and how to address the problem in front of us. It's okay to not know exactly where to start. Your job is to think of some ideas about what could be a place to start. It's okay if ultimately, we need to go in a different direction. The tutor's job is to understand where you are so they can help guide you through the learning process by developing your critical thinking skills.
Learning can be a frustrating process. Our tutors are trained in helping you develop responsibility for your own learning so you can approach many math and statistics problems in the future- not just the one immediately in front of you. The purpose of the Math Learning Center is to engage you in learning how to learn mathematics. There is a lot more to this process than providing single answers. Try to keep this larger picture in mind and understand that it may be possible they tried to help you be able to approach another similar problem in the future. If you feel that a tutor did not adequately check back in on your after providing initial assistance, ask them to! Once you've gotten set up with a problem, it is common that a tutor will make themselves available to other students while you work through the remainder of the problem. Before they step away, ask "Would you come back and check on me in a little while?"
The MLC can get very busy on exam days and when course assignments are due. Typically, Wednesday and Friday are the least busy days. If you can attend in the morning or late afternoon on these days, you'll likely get more personalized help. It's a good idea to start assignments with plenty of time in advance of the due date. This way, if you discover you need help, you can plan the time you need in the MLC.
You are of course welcome to visit your specific course Instructor in the MLC. Check your course syllabus or view the Schedule of Instructors to find the appropriate time. However, you do not have to visit only your instructor. There are many tutors available qualified to aid with your course content. Follow the color coding on the Schedule of Instructors to get the course specific help you need. You can also ask at the Front Desk for help in finding a list of current course instructors to find other instructors that teach the class you're looking for.
Yes. The undergraduate student at the desk is also a tutor. Please bring your question to the front desk. Sometimes, and especially during the passing period between class times, the front desk tutor is quite busy scanning people in and out of the center. Please have patience as this is very important for the front-desk tutor to attend to. 

Tutoring Schedules

Fall 2018 Schedule of Instructors

Fall 2018 Finals Week Schedule of Instructors

Working in the MLC

  • Currently, all positions for the upcoming academic year have been filled. If you want to be a future peer (undergraduate) tutor for the MLC, fill out an application and email it to Sabrina Stites.
  • We accept applications anytime, but we generally do our hiring for the following year in early April.

MLC Faculty

Sabrina Stites Director MLC

Sabrina Stites

Director

   Wilson 2-260
   (406) 994-5357
   sabrina.stites@montana.edu
Elizabeth Mery Assistant Director MLC

Elizabeth Mery

Assistant Director

    Wilson 2-260
   (406) 994-5357
   elizabeth.mery@montana.edu