Tutoring and Help for Mathematics and Statistics Students

One of the most vital skills you can learn as a student is to know how to seek help, and to actually ask for help when you need it. Getting help when you need it is an important part of taking care of yourself.

Reach out to your fellow students and your instructor, and consider making use of the resources listed below. We are here to help you learn mathematics and statistics!


Faculty office hours

If you are having difficulty in a mathematics or statistics class, be sure to reach out to your instructor! Faculty have office hours posted by their office doors, on Canvas, and/or on other class websites. Some faculty also offer Zoom hours or Piazza help. Check your syllabus and see what is available in your class.


Study Groups

Some faculty set up study groups during class, so that you have students to work with outside of class. If this isn't part of your class then consider starting your own study groups. You will learn the material better and have more fun studying if you have other people to work with. Discussing math out loud, learning from others, and explaining things to others are all valuable ways of increaseing your understanding. If you don't know how to start a study group, ask your instructor; they may have suggestions or be willing to help you find other students to study with. 


JMU Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC)

Students can visit the Science and Math Learning Center during open hours for help in most lower-level mathematics courses. The SMLC is located on the first floor of the Student Success Center, and in terms of mathematics and statistics courses, covers MATH 103, MATH 155-156, MATH 199, MATH 205, MATH 231-232, MATH 233-234, MATH 235-236, ISAT 150, and ISAT 151. This tutoring is FREE and available multiple days a week, both online and in-person. 

The SMLC is always looking for qualified tutors. If you have the interest and qualifications, consider becoming a tutor.


Hiring a Tutor

If desired, students can also hire a mathematics tutor for individual help. A list of mathematics tutors can be picked up from the math department office directly outside Roop 308.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please fill out the application available outside Roop 308.


Learning Assistants

Your course may have a student Learning Assistant ("LA") that helps students in class and/or holds office hours and review sessions outside of class. If your class has an LA then make sure to use this important and free resource. 

To apply to be a Learning Assistant for a future class, please contact Rebecca Field


PASS Leaders

Your course may have a student PASS Leader who attends class and holds recitation sessions every week. Check your class syllabus; if you have access to a PASS Leader then make sure to make use of the free help when you need it. 

To apply to be a PASS Leader for a future class, please contact Jennifer Gibson


Mental Health

If you are having any kind of personal trouble, facing severe stress, suffering physical or mental pain, enduring abuse, or having a difficult time coping with life, then please reach out to someone. There are many resources on campus that can provide you with assistance and support. The JMU Counseling Center is a great place to start. 

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