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The labs have the most students on Mondays and Fridays, lab coordinator says.

By CARLOS FERRAND

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

If you are taking any math courses this semester, you might want to make a list of items you will need to succeed.

• Textbook

• Calculator

• Computer

• Tutor

Students can check those off the list because the math labs in McCreless Hall have them covered.

There are two math labs in McCreless, one in Room 121 for developmental math students — MATH 0300-MATH 303 — and one for college-level math students.

There are usually four or five tutors in the lab.

Tutors range from graduate students to students enrolled at this college.

Thirteen computers are available for students using Connect Math and other math programs.

The developmental math lab also has 17 tables that groups of students can use to study together.

Students can check out textbooks while working in the lab and graphing calculators for a test or the entire semester.

Educational DVDs are available for check out for use at home.

The developmental lab can get)_busy at times — Monday and Friday are the busiest — because all development math courses require lab hours.

Lab Coordinator Steve Ochoa recommends students not wait until the end of Friday to get all their lab hours.

“These labs can get very busy,” Ochoa said.

Last fall, more than 14,000 students visited the math labs.

The math learning resource lab in Room 124 of McCreless is for college-level or higher-level math courses.

The college-level lab offers 20 computers, two rooms for study groups and six tables for group use.

The college-level lab has four to five tutors always scheduled.

Both labs are for math only, no Web surfing or Facebook.

“If you’re struggling in math, come and use our facility,” Ochoa said. “You get results.”

Visually impaired students needing special equipment should first contact disability support services on the first floor of Moody Learning Center before visiting the math lab.

DSS will be able to transport any equipment needed to either math lab.

Hearing-impaired students can request an interpreter by contacting interpreting services Supervisor Francis Quick in Room 109D of Nail Technical Center.

An interpreter should be scheduled at least 48 hours prior to lab time.

Hours for the developmental math lab are 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Hours for the college-level math lab are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday though Thursday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call Ochoa at 210-486-0204.

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