Math & Science Center FAQs

NOTE: The Math & Science Center will offer drop-in remote tutoring using the Zoom platform for Fall 2020 courses in Accounting, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as a limited amount of in-person tutoring by appointment. Remote tutoring will be available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Every student who comes to a tutoring session must follow the COVID-19 Safety Protocols, including wearing a face mask and campus ID, and practicing social distancing. Prior to every campus visit, every student must complete the Student Health Screening Survey. This is located in the student tab on myDCC and can be accessed on your phone. The Student Heath Screening affirms that you are not symptomatic, have not tested positive for COVID-19, have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days and have not traveled either internationally or to states designated under the Governor’s Travel Advisory. Students who do not meet those criteria should not be on campus and should isolate at home according to CDC and Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health Services guidelines. Please understand that you will not be able to attend classes or be on campus during isolation or any mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The information below will not be valid until we fully return to campus.  For Fall 2020, we have remote tutoring as well as on-campus, in-person tutoring by appointment only in W132 on Tuesdays 11am-3pm & Wednesdays 2:30pm-6:30pm .  Anyone with an appointment must follow all Covid-19 Safety Protocols. Please contact the Math & Science Center if you have any questions at (845) 431-8538 or email us at masc@sunydutchess.edu.


What is the Math & Science Center?

The Math & Science Center is a place to drop in and get help from tutors in your astronomy, math, physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science, or computer information systems 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.

Where is the Center?

The Center is in Washington.  There are 3 levels: Level 1 in W126 for CIS tutoring as well as appointments for some math courses, Level 2 in W224/226 for math and science, except Biology, and Level 3 in W326 for Biology.. 

How do I get help?

Just come to one of the levels when the center 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 astronomy, math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer information systems, and computer science.  We also have appointment based 1 on 1 tutoring in some math courses.

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.

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 select math courses.

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.