Math Lab Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you'll find answers to the questions most frequently asked about the lab.

What is the Mathematics Tutorial Lab?

The Mathematics Tutorial Lab is a drop-in center for any student taking a math class at GRCC.  The primary purpose of the lab is to offer an active learning environment which encourages students to become independent learners.  Students may use the lab to study, practice skills, and work on assignments for class.  The lab strongly encourages students to form course study groups. We offer practice problems, handouts, videos, and practice tests on our Blackboard organization site.

Where is this lab located?

The Mathematics Tutorial Lab is located in Room 105 on the 1st floor of Cook Hall (Main Campus). It is next to the Computer Lab in Room 100 and the Math Prep & Learning Lab in Room 106.

What are your hours?

During the Fall and Winter semesters we are open: Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM,  Friday 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. We are closed Saturday and Sunday.

During the Summer semester, we are open:   Monday - Thursday   9:00 AM - 7:00 PM. We are closed Friday - Sunday and on any holidays when campus is closed or classes do not meet.

What classes do you tutor?

We help with: MA 98, 99, 105, 107, 108, 110, 124, 127, 131, 210, 211, and 215. 

We also help with some classes outside the mathematics department, such as PY 281 and several courses in MN & TE that involve mathematics. Please call or visit the Math Lab to find out if we are able to help in your course.

For help in MA 97 or with ALEKS PPL, please visit the Math Prep & Learning Lab.

We do not assist with courses that involve calculus or physics. For help in those subjects, please visit the Calculus and Physical Sciences Tutorial Lab.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No. The Math Lab works on a first-come, first-served basis.  Feel free to come in and have a seat.  Raise your hand if you have a question and a tutor will come help you out.

How do I know who the tutors are?

There are usually three or four tutors working in the lab. They will all be wearing a name tag.

How much does it cost?

Tutoring is a free service offered by GRCC’s Academic Support & Tutoring Services Department.

Do I need to have a specific question to use the lab?

No. Many students use the Math Lab as a place to do homework and study. We encourage you to come in even if you don't have questions, because questions will often arise as you work. A tutor will be nearby when that happens!

We also encourage students to get to know others in class and form study groups. If you have formed a study group and would like to reserve one of our rooms to meet in, please call or visit the lab. We can reserve a room for you any time we are open, for up to 1 hour.

Can you help me with my graded assignments and take-home tests?

Our policy is to not help with graded assignments and take-home assessments, unless the instructor has indicated to us that help is allowed. When help is allowed, we often will only give hints or do examples that are similar to the given problem. We may not check assessments for correctness. Our goal is to help you understand the concept behind the question.

What should I expect from tutoring?

A tutor is not a substitute for your teacher.  You are expected to attend class regularly.  Prior to a tutoring session, read your textbook and complete as much of your homework as possible.  You will get the greatest benefit from tutoring if you come to the lab with questions about reading assignments or homework that you did not understand.  You should bring your textbook, class notes, old test papers, class handouts, etc.  A tutor provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.  We do not provide "answers," but rather assist in problem solving and helping students find their own answers.

Why do we have to swipe in with our Raider Card?

Signing in and signing out of the Math Lab, as well as all other labs at GRCC, allows us to track our busiest times and ensure we have enough staff to help. Analyzing how many students and what courses use the lab is also how we support the need for funding to provide on-going and additional services for a changing student population.  Swiping your Raider card does not charge any money!

Can I check-out resources?

The Math Lab has a limited amount of graphing calculators, scientific calculators, and textbooks available for student use, free of charge. Other items that may be borrowed include headphones, rulers, compasses, and elementary education manipulatives.

To borrow an item, we will hold onto your Raider card until the item is returned. We only accept Raider cards, no exceptions.

For calculators: Calculators may be used outside of the Math Lab but must remain on campus. Calculators must be returned before the Math Lab closes on the same day it was borrowed. Failure to return a calculator may result in a hold on your GRCC account and/or referral to campus police.

For textbooks: Textbooks may not leave the Math Lab and therefore must be returned before signing out. Pictures or scans of a textbook may be taken without having to check the textbook out.

Is the lab equipped with computers?

The Math Lab oversees the Computer Lab next door. There are 30 computers for academic use and a color printer available. These computers have Microsoft Office, Minitab, and Maple. You do not need to be working on math or receiving tutoring to use the Computer Lab.

When you use the Computer Lab, please sign in as you would when entering the Math Lab, by either swiping your Raider card or typing your student ID number. Please sign out when you leave.

The Computer Lab is open the same hours that the Math Lab is open and is available whenever a class has not been scheduled in the lab.  A listing of scheduled classes is always posted at the entrance to the lab.

What is the difference between the Math Lab and the Calculus Lab?

Math Lab personnel do not tutor calculus.  The Calculus & Physical Science Tutorial Lab deals with all calculus classes as well as the physical sciences.  They are located in the Calkins Science Building room 103.