Learning Centers

The Mathematics Department provides services to students in two locations:

Mathematics Department services in both locations are coordinated by Aimee Calhoun, Mathematics Learning Center Coordinator and Kathleen Milligan, Mathematics Learning Center Senior Technical Assistant.

 

Please view our brochure that describes our services.

 

MyMathLab Links:

  • Directions for using computers on campus for MyMathLab (MML)
  • Directions for using MyMathLab

Robert A. Fratangelo Mathematics Learning Center


Facilities
11-202
11-204
11-206
The Math Learning Center is open Mon - Thu 8 am - 8 pm, Fri 8 am - 3 pm, and Sat 12 - 5 pm.

* Tutoring is available during all open hours with the exception of 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.

 

Professor Robert A. Fratangelo was a founding member of the Monroe Community College Mathematics Department; he was a dedicated teacher, humanitarian, counselor, mentor, friend, and confidante. In 1989, Monroe Community College recognized Professor Fratangelo for these qualities by making him the recipient of the Wesley T. Hanson Award for teaching excellence. He co-authored several college mathematics textbooks and inspired many students to become mathematics teachers. After his untimely death in 1992, the Mathematics Department renamed the Mathematics Learning Center the Robert A. Fratangelo Mathematics Learning Center in his honor. Students may obtain information about the Robert A. Fratangelo scholarship from the Mathematics Department office, 8-510.

RAFMLC POLICIES:

  • You must swipe in when entering and out when leaving. This helps generate operating funds for the RAFMLC.
  • Effective this semester, RAFMLC will allow students to present EITHER an MCC ID OR a CURRENT PHOTO DRIVER'S LICENSE to take exams. No other forms of ID (e.g. credit cards, IDs from other colleges, etc.) will be accepted. Please note that the ID policy for borrowing reserve materials has NOT changed; an MCC ID is the only form of ID that will be accepted.
  • Cell phones may not be used in the MLC. Please disable your ringer when you enter; you are entering an area for testing and studying.
  • Computers are for academic purposes only. No chat rooms, pornography, or games.
  • Food is strictly forbidden in all rooms of the RAFMLC.
  • Beverages in closed containers are permitted in 11-204 only. No beverages are permitted in 11-202 or 11-206, to protect the computers.
  • Please be considerate of other students, and keep noise level to a minimum.
  • Phones for personal use are located in the hallway of building 11.

Computer Classroom 11-202

The Computer Classroom houses 30 mediated learning stations for MTH 098 and MTH 104 mediated learning classes.  This classroom providing individualized instruction was made possible through a grant from the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation in 1997.  First through their personal donations and later through the Foundation they established to continue their philanthropy beyond their own lives, the Schmitts have provided area colleges and universities with funding for buildings, research, exchange programs, scholarships, and academic initiatives.  The projects supported by the Schmitts and their Foundation foster discovery, learning, and understanding; and open doors of opportunity to individuals for academic and professional success.

In mediated learning classes, each student is the center of instruction. The instructor serves as a tutor/mentor/coach/advisor/facilitator of instruction who works with individuals, small groups, and sometimes the entire class. Computer software that uses artificial intelligence and interactive multimedia technology individually prescribes, delivers, and modifies instruction based on each individual student's answers to questions testing mastery of the material. The instructor is in the classroom to assist students with their learning -- to answer questions that may arise, and to supplement the on-line instruction. Students have on-line access to reports on how they are doing, and the instructor has detailed information on the work done by each individual and the class as a whole.

Study and Tutoring Area 11-204
The following services and facilities are found in 11-204:

  • Study Area
    Students can study in groups or alone. Copies of textbooks and their solutions manuals for all mathematics courses offered, and scientific and graphing calculators are available at the student aide desk for room use only with MCC photo ID.
  • Tutoring Professional mathematics tutors are available in 11-204 to answer students' questions on a walk-in basis. Students are encouraged to look at the Suggestions and Guidelines for Tutoring before seeking tutoring in 11-204.
  • Tutoring Hours in 11-204 and 11-206:

    11-204
    First week of class - Center is open, but no tutoring is available.
    2nd week of class - Center is open and limited tutoring is available.
    3rd - 15th week of classes - Center is open and tutoring is available in 11-204 throughout the day.

    11-206
    Limited tutoring is available in 11-206 throughout the semester.

  • Testing
    Mathematics instructors can, at their discretion, arrange for a student to take an exam or make up an exam.  Students must present their MCC or DMV photo ID in order to take an exam.
  • Reference and Reserve Library
    • Instructional videos, located in carrels equipped with VCRs for:
      • Elementary, Intermediate, and College Algebra;
      • Statistics; Precalculus;
      • Calculus I, II and III;
      • Survey of Mathematics I and II; and
      • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II.
    • Textbooks
    • Solutions manuals
    • Study guides
    • Videotapes
    • Calculators
    • Faculty reserve materials

Computer Room 11-206

There are 60 PCs available for students to use on a drop-in basis. On occasion, faculty may reserve some of the computers for class training sessions. There is a daily computer reservation schedule posted on the inner and outer doors of 11-206, noting the times of day that computers have been reserved and the number of computers reserved. Computers that have been reserved will have RESERVED signs placed on them. Students are free to use any computers that have not been reserved. Students may be assigned by their instructors to complete work in the Computer Room or they may choose to use the available software for their own exploration. Also available are two high-volume laser printers and two scanners.

Available software includes:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet and E-mail access
  • Minitab
  • MathType 6

Tutoring

Professional mathematics tutors are available in 11-206 on a walk-in basis during limited hours for students in need of mathematics assistance while working on tutorial software or other mathematics programs such as Minitab.

Integrated Learning Center - Damon City Campus (Room 4-258)

Professional mathematics tutors are available to answer students' questions on a walk in basis. Texts, solutions manuals, instructional videos and software are available for student use.

Tutoring Hours in ILC

Tutoring begins the second week of the semester. Tutoring is available for several hours every day the ILC is open each semester.
Times: Vary. Please visit the ILC for more information.

Math Computer Room - Damon City Campus (Room 4-260)

There are eleven PCs and a laser printer for students to use on a drop-in basis.

Available software includes:
MyMathLab - Course Compass access
Aplia access
iLrn
Minitab
SUNY Learning Network access
Equation Grapher
Geometer's Sketchpad
Microsoft Office

For a listing of labs and learning centers at MCC, see the Labs and Learning Centers Directory.

GUIDELINES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDENTS SEEKING
MATH TUTORING IN THE MATH LEARNING CENTER:

  • The tutor is here to provide assistance in mathematics to students who are currently registered in a MCC mathematics course, or a MCC math-related course.  For assistance in any other course, please contact the department for that course.
  • Be patient! To indicate that you would like assistance, raise your hand. Tutors try to spend at most 5 minutes per student, but sometimes there are many students and you may have to wait. The tutor will circulate among the students who are waiting.  We do not take appointments.  If you need an individual tutoring appointment, you may apply for one in the Academic Foundations Learning Center (room 11-211 at the Brighton Campus, room 4-262 at Damon).
  • Plan ahead.  It could be quite busy if you plan to drop by right before an exam!  Persistence and regular study habits will build success in mathematics.
  • While you wait, use your time wisely.  Continue studying: read your text, review your class notes, try other homework problems.  Try to find an example problem that is similar to yours.  Consult any solutions manuals available for your course, by presenting MCC ID at the front desk.
  • Have your questions ready for the tutor. Some students use post-its, or mark their questions in a bright color so they can find them quickly.
  • Make a serious attempt to do the homework before asking the tutor to help you.  Then, show the tutor a sample of your work. This will enable the tutor to see where you have trouble. (Don’t erase it all!)
  • Your instructor is your primary learning resource.  The tutoring service we provide is not a substitute for attending class.  The role of tutor is quite different from that of the role of your instructor.  Let the tutor guide your study, but please don’t expect a replacement lecture for a missed class.
  • Do not ask for help with graded assignments.  It is the policy and practice of the Mathematics Learning Center tutoring staff to assist students with questions about specific mathematical concepts, information from their class notes, and non-graded homework assignments from their texts.  Tutors will not provide assistance with specific problems from any take-home exam or other graded assignment, including online graded assignments, tests, or quizzes. 
    • Students must be able to demonstrate to the tutor the origin of specific problems for which they are seeking tutor assistance.   
    • Tutors will assist students only with problems from their textbook or worked-out examples from class notes.  If the student cannot show the tutor the problem in his/her book or notes, the tutor will not give assistance with that problem.  
    • Tutors will not assist students with problems on a take-home exam or other graded assignment.  It is the responsibility of the student and NOT the tutor to identify a similar problem from his/her text for help. 
    • Students will not receive tutoring assistance with problems written on a piece of paper that are not clearly identifiable as being part of class notes or that cannot be found in their text.
  • Tutors have varying teaching styles and backgrounds.  You may want to try working with different tutors to find those whose teaching style and expertise are best suited to your learning style and needs.
  • Please be considerate of other students who may be studying or taking an exam, and keep your voice low.
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