Developmental Math Tutor Lab

Tutoring continues

Updated: January 11, 2021

By now, you have received multiple communications from President Montgomery and our Provost, Dr. Jennifer Bott, regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. WMU remains open and the Department of Mathematics is here to provide assistance in your math courses. 

Currently tutoring services will be offered from a distance as our staff works remotely during this time. You will be able to connect with tutors via Video chat. Tutoring is in the same Microsoft Teams channel as the Bronco Study Zone.  The times of operation are listed by subject in the "Tutoring Subjects and Hours of Operations" channel in "WMU Academic Support Hub" team.  Click on the link below to see tutoring times and access the virtual tutor lab. 

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Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!

The Developmental Math Program in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University offers a tutor lab for program participants.



Location and hours when not virtual

The lab will usually open the second week of classes. Contact your instructor for the exact day the tutor lab will begin for the semester

Fall and spring hours

Inside the third floor computer lab: 3374 Rood
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer hours

Inside the third floor computer lab: 3374 Rood
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

Our tutor lab offers one-on-one and group tutoring and computers on-site to give you hands-on help with MathXL. 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.

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.