Are the QSC services mostly for students who need remedial help or who are having a lot of trouble in class?
Actually, no. The Quantitative Studies Center (and Academic Skills Center as a whole) work with many students in a wide variety of situations. Certainly, we offer support and programs for students who are struggling in their classes, but we also work with many, many students who are not struggling. Good students come to understand early in their college experience that even good grades can be improved through seeking out and implementing new ways of studying and learning. So, whether you find yourself struggling, doing well, or somewhere in between, come in or contact us to see what we can do to help you improve.
How much do the various services cost?
All of the services offered through QSC are free of charge to Albion College students, staff and faculty.
How do I get a peer tutor?
There are study tables and other options available for most Albion College classes. Check the schedule of study tables and let us know if you need a tutor for some course or area that is not listed.
What can I expect from the peer tutors?
You can expect that the tutors will be friendly and receptive to your questions. The tutors want to help you. They will try very hard to help you to understand concepts, but they will not work problems for you. Tutors will very frequently want to help you go through your textbook or class notes, so that you can discuss what you are covering in class and what your prof's expectations are, so please bring your textbook and class notes with you when you come in to see a tutor.
What do peer tutors expect from students?
Your peer tutor will expect you to attend class and spend adequate time studying independently, without the tutor. If you cannot do the work on your own you are not preparing yourself for exams. This often means that you will need to independently rework problems that you initially worked with the help of your tutor, and you may need to make use of your professor's office hours as well in order to fully understand a concept.
What services are available other than peer tutoring?
Faculty Services 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.
Individual Consultations 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.
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.
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 (if not all), students are generally hit especially hard by the new expectations in their study of mathematics. We are glad to meet with students to explore these new expectations and to help identify ways to make the transition to college-level work a smoother one.
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 contact us 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!
Help 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.
Lending Library 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.
Albion College is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution committed to academic excellence. We are learning-centered and recognize that valuable learning takes place in and outside the classroom, on and off campus. We prepare students to translate critical thought into action.