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Math Resource Center - CLB 212

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Fall/Spring Hours
7:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

Summer Hours
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday

Tutors:

There are approximately 275 hours of tutoring done each week, during the Fall and Spring Semesters.  The number of tutors scheduled to work each day in the Math Resource Center is:

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. 2 tutors 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 4 tutors
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. 3 tutors 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 tutors
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 4 tutors 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. 4 tutors
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 5-6 tutors 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 4 tutors
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 5-6 tutors 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 3 tutors
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 5 tutors 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 2 tutors
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 4 tutors 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. 2 tutors

The primary qualifications for MRC tutors are that they be high school graduates or the equivalent (a requirement for employment at JCCC) and that they have successfully completed Applied Calculus I, Engineering Calculus I, or Basic Statistics.  Qualified applicants are interviewed by the MRC director.  Each interview is typically one hour in length and includes time when the applicant is asked to explain six or seven math problems chosen by the supervisor.  The math problems typically include one Fundamentals of Math problem, one or two Intermediate Algebra problems, two from College Algebra and two or three from Calculus I or Statistics.  As the applicants work their way through and talk their way through the explanations, they are allowed to refer to math textbooks as necessary.  It is vital that those individuals selected as tutors demonstrate a deep understanding of mathematics and that they be able to clearly explain mathematics at a variety of levels.  They must also have an appreciation for the individuals they will work with and for maintaining the appropriate atmosphere of the MRC.  

Tutorial assistance is available in the MRC on a drop-in basis.  No reservation of tutors occurs.  This makes the students more responsible for their own learning, since they must form their questions carefully and be prepared to interact with the tutors for a fairly brief period of time.

Usage Information is collected regularly with the MRC electronic login system.  In a typical fall or spring semester, the MRC is used by approximately 3100 individual students, for a total of approximately 32,000 hours of usage. There are 28 different courses taught in the Math Department at JCCC and students from all those different classes use the MRC.  Other interesting and useful data on student usage of the MRC follows. 

Courses Prior to College Algebra

College Algebra, PreCalc, Trig and Discrete Math

Basic Statistics

Calculus and other 200 level courses

Of the number of hours spent in the MRC, the percent from these courses is

25%

22%

12%

41%

Of the number of individuals who use the MRC, the percent from these courses is

46%

28%

10%

16%

Of all the students enrolled in math at JCCC, the percent of students enrolled in these math courses is

56%

24%

6%

14%

Expenses:

The college has made a major commitment to the support of the Math Resource Center.  Approximately $130,000 per year is spent on Tutors, Evening Weekend Coordinators, and the Evening Weekend Aide.   Personnel include:

  • A full-time Professor/Director
  • Six to eight Evening Weekend Coordinators who work Monday through Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and other times the Director may be gone.

 (Fall 2011 beginning pay rate is $17.93 per hour for the Weekend Evening Coordinators.)

  • Approximately 20 part-time tutors (Fall 2011 beginning pay rate is $11.61 per hour for the tutors.)
  • A full-time administrative assistant
  • A part-time aide (administrative assistant) for evenings and weekends
  • A technical aide for the computer room, who is provided by the computer division

Physical Layout:  A sketch of the MRC is attached.  Though not evident on the sketch, there are windows in the hall wall, and between the main room and all the others.

Main Study/
Tutoring Area

1400 sq. ft.

Nine 6' x 42" tables,  five 42" x 42" tables, and seating for 75.
Computer Room 690 sq. ft. Computer lab with math specific software:

24 Dell PCs on a local area network; headphone cables; one laser printer; a variety of software, from tutorials to spreadsheets to symbolic manipulators and graphers, Internet access

Group Study
Room#1
210 sq. ft. Available for scheduled and impromptu study groups; a large white board on one wall; four tables, each 18" x 6', and accompanying chairs; Smart Board.
Group Study
Room #2
210 sq. ft. Available for scheduled and impromptu study groups; a large white board on one wall; four tables (two are 18" x 6' and two are 18" x 5') and accompanying chairs; Smart Board.
Group Study
Room #3
180 sq. ft. Available for scheduled and impromptu study groups; medium sized white boards on two walls; 2 half-circle tables and accompanying chairs.
Quiet Room 210 sq. ft. For quiet study; no talking allowed in this room; nine study carrels.
Receptionist Area 120 sq. ft. Log-in computer facing the students; administrative assistant’s computer and printer; coat closets for MRC staff; MRC resources: CD’s and DVD’s, solutions manuals, a copy of each text presently used by the mathematics department, calculators for use in the MRC, the Professional Library, the Student Pick-Up file, and instructor resource folders.
Director's Office 110 sq. ft.
Store Room 135 sq. ft.
Total area 3300 sq. ft.
Revised 10/2011

Contact Us

Math Resource Center
Location: CLB 212
Phone: 913-469-8500, ext. 4242
MRC Email

Request Online Tutoring Information (Calculus)

Director
Brett Cooper, assistant professor
Phone: 913-469-8500, ext. 3579
Email

Hours

Regular Hours
Mon. - Thurs. - 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat. - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. - Noon- 4 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon. - Thurs. - 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri., Sat., Sun. - Closed