Math Space solves problems

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By Michael Meinen

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students enrolled in math may require a calculator, numerous textbooks, computer, protractors, rulers and tutoring services.

It starts to add up. That’s where Math Space Labs in McCreless Hall come in. Two labs are accessible to students struggling with a mathematical dilemma.

One lab in Room 121 is for students in MATH 0300-MATH 0303, and one in Room 124 is for college-level math students.

Tutors are graduate students and students enrolled in this college. There are three tutors in the morning, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and two tutors in the afternoon and evening.

Appointments are not necessary for tutors. Tutors “float” around the lab ready to help.

There are 17 tables available for individuals or groups.

The computer lab in Room 119 has 23 computers allowing students to run math programs. Students cannot surf the Internet or access Facebook.

The college-level lab for MATH 1314-MATH 2320 offers six tables, 20 computers and two study rooms.

Both labs are for math only, but students can come in and study if they are not disruptive, Coordinator Steve Ochoa said.

Ochoa said “grades seem to improve” when students use the labs. “Students get an explanation of math in the classroom, but our tutors help guide them.”

Ochoa said students can take make-up tests and receive handout materials that will help them with homework and future assignments.

He said any student 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 any of the math labs.

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-Thursday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call 210-486-0240.

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