Quantitative Studies Center
Assisting Students in the
Transition to College-Level Work
The move from high school to college is a big transition. The differences are perhaps most obvious in the academic expectations. While this is true in most courses, students are generally hit especially hard by the new expectations in their study of mathematics and related disciplines. We meet with students to explore these new expectations and to help identify ways to make the transition to college-level work a smoother one.
Oftentimes students feel that they aren't doing as well as they should be, but they do not know why. If this sounds like you, we recommend setting up an individual consultation to explore some ideas for improving academic performance.
The QSC maintains peer tutoring for quantitative courses in areas such as Mathematics, Economics, and the sciences. Peer tutors are carefully chosen among students who have developed mastery of content and possess an above average ability to explain concepts. Our peer tutors concentrate on helping students gain the conceptual understanding which is vital for success in any course. Learn more about peer tutoring here.
Incoming students who are interested in learning about or taking the mathematics placement exam should log in at placement.albion.edu to access the online exam. Current Albion students who are interested in taking or retaking the mathematics placement exam should email
to request an appointment.
Structured Programs for Reviewing Content
There are many reasons why a student might desire a program to help them review mathematical content. We can design a meeting schedule and study materials to met the needs and preferences of each individual.
Using Math in Context
Many areas both inside and outside of math and science will make use of mathematics and statistics in class work and projects. We can help you make sense of the math within the context of your work.
Preparation Strategies for Hourly and Final Exams
Strategies for exam preparation vary by course and individual circumstances. Contact us for an appointment at least one week before the date of the exam and we will help you refine your preparation.
Graduate and Professional Exam Preparation
We can support you as you prepare to take a graduate or professional exam, like the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MTTC. You will typically work individually with a staff member during once weekly meetings that take place during the 6 weeks before you take the exam. These sessions are offered as needed, so let us know when you are ready to start studying, or
to learn more.
Advice on Using Your Graphing Calculator
Many professors assume that you have had at least some knowledge and experience with graphing calculators. We can show you how to perform the various work that you will be expected to do with your calculator. Bring us your calculator and your questions!
Textbooks covering a wide range of subject matter may be borrowed from the QSC lending library. Popular items include texts on algebra, precalculus, calculus and statistics. Borrowing a text is a great way to refresh your memory on important topics. These texts are also available to borrow over semester breaks.
Faculty and teaching staff are encouraged to contact us to discuss the needs of students in your area. New faculty especially are encouraged to visit the QSC to become acquainted with the many services that we provide for students. In addition to providing support for your students as they study outside of class, we are happy to assist your teaching. Such assistance can take on a wide variety of forms, from helping you to find ways to incorporate quantitative skills into your course to exploring ways to effectively explain a quantitative topic to your students.
The QSC is located near the Writing Center, in the Academic Skills Center. This is in the library, up one level from the circulation desk. The room number for the QSC is Mudd 307. If you have trouble finding us, come to the library and ask at the main desk.
Academic Skills Center
Everything you need to stay on track.
The Academic Skills Center (ASC) supports Albion College students in a variety of academic areas. Located on the second floor of the Mudd Learning Center, the ASC includes the Quantitative Studies Center and the Writing Center.
The Academic Skills Center strives to help students improve their learning process, by gaining awareness of learning strategies and skills, and by assessing learning styles, strengths, time management, and other factors that affect learning.
Quantitative Studies Center
The Quantitative Studies Center (QSC) assists all students with services that focus on topics related to mathematics, economics, and the sciences. Students who want to increase performance in quantitative courses utilize QSC services including peer tutoring and
. In addition, the QSC works to support students preparing for the quantitative portion of standardized exams such as the GRE, GMAT, and Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.
The Writing Center supports the entire college community. Peer consultants work one-on-one with student writers at every stage of the writing process—from initial brainstorming to writing drafts, and from organizing ideas to final editing. Writing Center consultants help students with writing taught in different academic disciplines, as well as other kinds of writing they might need to do while at college (e.g., cover letters for internships, résumés for job applications, personal statements for scholarships or graduate school). In addition, the director of the Writing Center, in consultation with the individual student, may plan a program of writing practice to meet the student's needs.