Math & Science Center FAQs

What is the Math & Science Center?

The Math & Science Center is a place to drop in and get help from tutors in your math, physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science course when it's convenient for you. You are also free to do your own work at one of our tables or computers, or to meet with a study group. Our computers have all of the required software for all DCC math, physics, chemistry, and computer science courses. We also have calculators and textbooks for use while in the lab and a few calculators for students to borrow to take a test, once per semester.

You may schedule an appointment with a tutor for help with Statistics (MAT118), Precalculus (MAT185), Calculus I (MAT221), or Calculus II (MAT222).  Click on the Appointments link.

Where is the Center?

The Center is in Washington 224/226. Go in the front door of the Washington building, go up one flight of stairs (the stairs are on the right when you enter the building) or take the elevator to floor 2. The lab will be on your left.

How do I get help?

Just come to W224/226 during the hours the lab is open, sign in (with your ID or name), find a place to sit, then put up a sign that indicates which subject you want help with.

What kind of help do you offer?

We offer help on a drop-in basis in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science.  We also have appointment based group tutoring in MAT118, MAT185, MAT221, and MAT222.

Is it free?

Yes, help from the tutors, use of the computers, and use of the printer and scanner are all free.

Do I need an appointment?

No, just come when it’s convenient for you! The Math & Science Center is also a good place to do your homework or study, even if you don’t require the help of a tutor.

Who are the tutors?

The tutors are DCC students who have been recommended by faculty as well as several professional tutors. 

What tutors do:

  • Help students begin homework and projects
  • Answer questions about how to approach problems
  • Encourage students to learn problem-solving techniques

What tutors don’t do:

  • Solve assigned problems
  • Check completed problems for errors
  • Sit with you as you complete an entire assignment
  • Act as personal tutors

When are you open?

Check our website for our current hours.

Is going to the Center the same as getting an individual tutor?

No, an individual tutor will devote an entire hour to helping you only. Our tutors help many students during the course of an hour. If you feel you need individual tutoring in any course except MAT118, MAT185, MAT221, and MAT222, go to Academic Services in Hudson 315 and apply for a tutor. (See their website by following the “tutoring” link in the Academic Resources for Students box in myDCC, under the Student tab.) If you do have an individual tutor, you may still use the Math & Science Center.

When can I get help with my particular course?

Click on the “Hours help is available by course” link to find hours for drop-in tutoring or the Appointments link if you would like an appointment for MAT118, MAT185, MAT221, or MAT222.

May I use the printer?

Yes, the printer may be used for printing assignments (such as papers, graphs, presentations, etc.). If you wish to print a PowerPoint faculty lecture, guidelines which are posted in the lab must be followed.

Do you have textbooks?

Yes, textbooks and graphing calculators may be borrowed for use in the lab. TI-84 calculators may be borrowed for tests once a semester.

Why do I have to log in?

Logging in allows us to keep track of how many people use the lab and for which courses. Your individual information is not used by the Center.