Panorama of students working in the MSC

The MSC is a 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 2021 Hours

Location

  • Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • We will be open for In-person, Drop- In tutoring!
  • Wilson Hall 1-112
  • This is the first floor and southwest corner of Wilson hall
 
 
 
 

 

Note: The MSC is closed on all university holidays and these hours apply to all regular class days.

Frequently Asked Questions

M105, M121, M132, M133, M151, M161, M165, M166, M171, M172, M181, M182, M221, M234, M273, M274, M283, & M284.

STAT216, STAT217, & STAT332.

Our staff is comprised of undergradute tutors and Department of Mathematical Sciences Instructors. These Instructors consist of both Mathematical Sciences graduate students as well as various teaching faculty. 

These undergraduate tutors have taken mathematics courses at least through M172 and come from a variety of majors such as mathematics, mathematics education, and engineering. 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 MSC 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 MSC 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. The MSC also has chromebooks you can check out for use on site. 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. They might ask what your thoughts are on an initial direction for the problem. If you plan on re-watching any course videos, you can expect a tutor to request you use headphones.

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 MSC is to engage you in learning how to learn mathematics and/or statistics. 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 you 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 MSC can get very busy on exam days and when course assignments are due. In the past, Wednesday is the least busy. If you can attend in the morning or late afternoon, 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 MSC.
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 their primary job duty when sitting at the desk.

 

Working in the MSC

  • We are currently accepting applications for undergraduate tutors. All applicants must have sucessfully completed Calculus II (M172).
  • Please fill out this application form to express your interest in a MSC Tutor position. 
  • If you have questions regarding this position, please email Elizabeth Mery.

MSC Faculty

Elizabeth Mery Assistant Director MLC

Elizabeth Mery

 Director

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

Derek Conder

Assistant

Director

   TBA
   TBA
   derek.conder@montana.edu