Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Developmental Math Tutor Lab

The tutor lab is located in 2261 Rood Hall
Building Map (thanks to Shelley K. Speiss )


Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(Summer Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-3; Friday 9-12)

Our tutor lab offers one-on-one and group tutoring. There are also computers on site to give you hands on help with MathXL. The tutors will not do your homework for you. Instead they will ask you how you approached the problem and where you started having difficulty. This way they are following your thought process rather than forcing their method on you.

Tips for a Successful Tutoring Session

Before your session:

* Bring your textbooks, notes, assignment guidelines or syllabus, study guides, past exams, and other study tools you might use (flashcards, etc) to your session.
* Have specific questions for your tutor. Think about on what you want to focus: concepts, vocabulary, prioritizing information, study skills, or something else.
* Start your homework. It will become clear to you where you need to focus once you have gotten started on your assignment.
* Set realistic goals for yourself. You are not going to learn the whole course in an hour! Discuss your goals with your tutor at the start of your session.

During your tutoring session:

* Actively participate! You will be doing most of the talking.
* Ask questions. Please don’t feel embarrassed if you need to have things repeated or need your tutor to slow down.
* Have realistic expectations of your tutors. They are professional, knowledgeable, patient, and recommended by WMU faculty members. It is not their job to give away answers to your assignments, do homework for you, or proofread your papers.

General advice:

* Attend all classes.
* Go to your instructors’ office hours. They are there to help, and nobody is more qualified to tell you what you need to do to excel in their class!
* Consider forming study groups (3-4 people, no more than that) to review homework and study for exams.
* Review what you covered in your tutoring session soon after the session has ended. This will reinforce what you learned, and is a step towards improving study habits as well.
* Don’t wait until the last minute. Seek help well in advance of exams, homework, or projects.



Developmental Mathematics Program

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5248 USA
(269) 387-4117 | (269) 387-4530 Fax