Panorama of students working in the MLC

The MLC is a safe place where students can ask mathematics or statistics questions of qualified tutoring staff. We aim to assist students develop their current understanding of respective course content by asking questions and guiding students through the learning process. We help students obtain the necessary study skills in order to communicate course material effectively and take responsibility for their own learning.

Hours and Location

Fall and Spring Semester Hours

Location

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm  
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm 
  • Wilson Hall 1-112
  • This is the first floor and southwest corner of Wilson hall

 

Note: The MLC is closed on all student holidays and the hours apply to all regular class days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Math courses we tutor: M105, M121, M132, M133, M151, M161, M165, M166, M171, M172, M181, M182, M221, M234, M273, M274, M283, M284

Statistics courses we tutor: Stat 216, Stat 217, Stat 332

We are staffed by the Department of Mathematical Sciences Instructors. These Instructors consist of both Mathematical Sciences graduate students as well as non-tenure track faculty. We also have undergraduate tutors. These undergraduate tutors typically have taken mathematics courses at least through M172. We have between 4-8 tutors on staff at all times and the combined experience typically covers most course levels at any given time.

The MLC is a drop-in tutoring center supported by the student fees from the courses we tutor. We scan student IDs to ensure students are enrolled in one of the courses listed above.

We are sorry, but since the MLC is supported by student fees from courses we tutor, we cannot offer assistance for other courses.

The undergraduate student at the sign-in desk will ask for your Cat card. They will swipe the card and confirm you are enrolled in a course. We encourage you to sit at the table with your course number assigned to it as you'll likely find other students taking that course sitting there. Of course, however, sit where is most comfortable for you. Once you arrive, get out your assignment, course notes, and pencil.  Raise your hand when you have a question and a tutor will come over to assist you.

It's a great idea to bring any materials necessary to effectively work on your assignments. Bring your course notes, textbook, and/or computer if desired. Once you've worked on a problem and have a question, raise your hand and a tutor will come to you to assist. Please come prepared to invest your time and energy in fostering new and improved study skills. You can expect a tutor to ask you what you have already attempted. They might inquire where the material is located in your notes. They might ask what your thoughts are on an initial direction for the problem.
Yes! Honestly, a lot of us don't know how to start a math or statistics problem immediately. We must all read the problem a couple of times and think about what we've learned and how to address the problem in front of us. It's okay to not know exactly where to start. Your job is to think of some ideas about what could be a place to start. It's okay if ultimately, we need to go in a different direction. The tutor's job is to understand where you are so they can help guide you through the learning process by developing your critical thinking skills.
Learning can be a frustrating process. Our tutors are trained in helping you develop responsibility for your own learning so you can approach many math and statistics problems in the future--not just the one immediately in front of you. The purpose of the Math Learning Center is to engage you in learning how to learn mathematics. There is a lot more to this process than providing single answers. Try to keep this larger picture in mind and understand that it may be possible they tried to help you be able to approach another similar problem in the future. If you feel that a tutor did not adequately check back in on you after providing initial assistance, ask them to! Once you've gotten set up with a problem, it is common that a tutor will make themselves available to other students while you work through the remainder of the problem. Before they step away, ask "Would you come back and check on me in a little while?"
The MLC can get very busy on exam days and when course assignments are due. Typically, Wednesday and Friday are the least busy days. If you can attend in the morning or late afternoon on these days, you'll likely get more personalized help. It's a good idea to start assignments with plenty of time in advance of the due date. This way, if you discover you need help, you can plan the time you need in the MLC.
You are of course welcome to visit your specific course Instructor in the MLC. Check your course syllabus or view the Schedule of Instructors to find the appropriate time. However, you do not have to visit only your instructor. There are many tutors available qualified to aid with your course content. Follow the color coding on the Schedule of Instructors to get the course specific help you need. You can also ask at the Front Desk for help in finding a list of current course instructors to find other instructors that teach the class you're looking for.
Yes. The undergraduate student at the desk is also a tutor. Please bring your question to the front desk. Sometimes, and especially during the passing period between class times, the front desk tutor is quite busy scanning people in and out of the center. Please have patience as this is very important for the front-desk tutor to attend to. 

Tutoring Schedules

Fall 2019 Tutoring Schedule

Looking for when your profesor is in the MLC? Get expertise for a specific course? Please examine the following daily schedule grids to find the time that works best for you. Every time slot has at least 200 Level Mathematics and Statistics help. Note that while some hours may not have any tutors listed for the mathematics designation (i.e. 100 level), the 200 level and undergraduate tutors can competently assist you.

Time Mathematics Mathematics - 200 Level Statistics
9:00 a.m.   Watton, Zhang Linse
10:00 a.m. Kataboh Kepner Mery, Linse
11:00 a.m. Graham, Short Pitman Anderson, Franulovich
12:00 p.m. Dayutis Conder Lewis, Wyand
1:00 p.m. Moldstad McKay Mery
2:00 p.m. Rehberger Conder Omari-Baah
3:00 p.m. Bayers Pitman Yager
4:00 p.m. Gottemoller Malo Yager / Schmidt
5:00 p.m. Erskin Malo Gomez, Oyeniran
6:00 p.m.   Fink Stratton
Time Mathematics Mathematics - 200 Level Statistics
9:00 a.m.  Staebler-Wise Watton Birch
10:00 a.m. Andreas Watton, Kepner Birch
11:00 a.m. Barton-Odro Pitman, Kepner Birch
12:00 p.m. Nii-Ayitey, Poston Conder Pharr
1:00 p.m. Wilson Nordby, Fink Mery
2:00 p.m. Higgs, Morgan Conder Bennett
3:00 p.m. Harris-Weiel Pitman Bennett
4:00 p.m. Greener Malo Gomez
5:00 p.m.   Schwartz, McKay Gomez
6:00 p.m.   McKay Stratton
Time Mathematics Mathematics - 200 Level Statistics
9:00 a.m.   Watton Linse
10:00 a.m. Noonan Kepner Bennett
11:00 a.m. Jensen Pitman Hicks
12:00 p.m.   Conder, Baker Ajayi
1:00 p.m.   Hayes, McKay Mery
2:00 p.m.   Conder, McKay Bennett
3:00 p.m. McWalters Tilton Bennett
4:00 p.m.   Malo Gomez
5:00 p.m.   Malo Gomez
6:00 p.m.   Fink

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Time Mathematics Mathematics - 200 Level Statistics
9:00 a.m.  Skinner Watton Birch
10:00 a.m. Adams, Williams Watton Birch
11:00 a.m. J. Carnegie, Belton Pitman Birch
12:00 p.m. Oren Conder Moritz
1:00 p.m.   Watton, Markman Mery
2:00 p.m. Crawford-Karhl Watton, Reckner Mery
3:00 p.m. Casolara Malo Mery
4:00 p.m. Romary Malo Gomez
5:00 p.m.   Fink Gomez
6:00 p.m.   Fink Stratton
Time Mathematics Mathematics - 200 Level Statistics
9:00 a.m.   Watton, Davis, Kepner Linse
10:00 a.m.   Kepner Linse
11:00 a.m.   Pitman, Lund Taylor
12:00 p.m. Quaye Conder Okeson
1:00 p.m. Critchlow Howard Mery
2:00 p.m.   Conder Mery
3:00 p.m.   Pitman Oram
4:00 p.m.   Pitman Gomez

Working in the MLC

  • Currently, all positions for the academic year have been filled. If you want to be a future peer (undergraduate) tutor for the MLC, you can pick up an application in the main math office (Wilson 2-214).
  • We accept applications anytime, but hiring for the following year typically takes place in early April.

MLC Faculty

Elizabeth Mery Assistant Director MLC

Elizabeth Mery

 Director

    Wilson 2-260
   (406) 994-5357
   elizabeth.mery@montana.edu
Clinton Watton

Clinton Watton

Assistant Director

   Linfield 401
   (406) 994-3601
   clinton.watton@montana.edu