Developmental Math Tutor Lab

The Developmental Math Program in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University offers a tutor lab for program participants. The tutor lab offers one-on-one and group tutoring.  There are computers on-site to give you hands-on help with on Learning, Desmos and Mobius. The tutors will not do your homework for you. Instead they will ask you how you approached the problem and where you started having difficulty. This way they are following your thought process rather than forcing their method on you.

 

Location and hours for summer 2022

The Developmental Math Program offers walk-in assistance both virtually (on line) through Microsoft TEAMS and in person inside the Bronco Study Zone (3374 Rood Hall). To get to the in person department tutor lab, enter the Bronco Study Zone, show your green badge, and enter the first door on the left-hand side. 

Below are the hours and format of the department tutor lab for Summer I 2022.   This information is provided in table form for a better visual.  Note that the department tutor lab will not be open for Summer II 2022. 

Virtual through TEAMS at https://bit.ly/WMU_Math_Tutoring

  • Monday through Wednesday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday the department tutor lab will be closed

In person inside the Bronco Study Zone (3374 Rood Hall)

  • Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday the department tutor lab will be closed
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 5 p.m.   closes at 5 p.m.

 

Bronco Study Zone Hours for Summer I and Summer II of 2022

Bronco Study Zone Summer I and Summer II hours of operation for virtual and face-to-face course assistance:

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

 

Tips for a successful tutoring session

Before your session

  • Bring your textbooks, notes, assignment guidelines or syllabus, study guides, past exams, and other study tools you might use (flashcards, etc.) to your session.
  • Have specific questions for your tutor. Think about on what you want to focus: concepts, vocabulary, prioritizing information, study skills, or something else.
  • Start your homework. It will become clear to you where you need to focus once you have gotten started on your assignment.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself. You are not going to learn the whole course in an hour! Discuss your goals with your tutor at the start of your session.

During your tutoring session

  • Actively participate! You will be doing most of the talking.
  • Ask questions. Please don’t feel embarrassed if you need to have things repeated or need your tutor to slow down.
  • Have realistic expectations of your tutors. They are professional, knowledgeable, patient and recommended by WMU faculty members. It is not their job to give away answers to your assignments, do homework for you, or proofread your papers.

General advice

  • Attend all classes.
  • Go to your instructors’ office hours. They are there to help, and nobody is more qualified to tell you what you need to do to excel in their class.
  • Consider forming study groups (three to four people, no more than that) to review homework and study for exams.
  • Review what you covered in your tutoring session soon after the session has ended. This will reinforce what you learned, and is a step towards improving study habits as well.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Seek help well in advance of exams, homework, or projects.