Math tutors tackle statistics need

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By Juan A. Rodriguez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students having trouble in math should go to Room 121B of McCreless Hall.

The math lab offers one-on-one tutoring, math software and a workspace.

Lab Coordinator Steven Ochoa said textbooks and graphing calculators are free to check out and use while in the lab.

This semester, the college is offering 16 sections of statistics, including MATH 2442, Elementary Statistical Method (Business Majors), and MATH 1442, Elementary Statistical Methods, which means more than 480 students are enrolled in statistics classes.

Ochoa said he is proud of the tutors he has brought on board to help students: Stephen Reyna, Adam McGregor and Vincent Spadafore, who specialize in statistics.

“We provide a good service to our students,” Ochoa said, adding the tutors share his philosophy of “the kids come first!”

Ochoa said students should enjoy the one-on-one extra attention from tutors while it lasts.

As the semester progresses and the work gets harder, he said he usually sees a larger influx of students needing tutoring services.

Spadafore said he believes that part of being able to help students who come in is being able to explain the same thing their professor discussed but in a different way.

“Explaining it differently to different people” helps him bridge the disconnect from the professors’ instruction to a students’ grasp of the concept.

If you like a certain tutor’s teaching style, look for their work schedules posted by the sign-in desk in Room 121 of McCreless or on the window of Ochoa’s office.

A lab for students enrolled in developmental math is also available in Room 218 of Oppenheimer Academic Center.

One-on-one tutoring is available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.- noon Friday.

The math labs hours are 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit Room 121 of McCreless or call 210-486-0240.

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