Frequently Asked Questions
The Math Lab provides free tutoring in all math classes offered by San Jacinto College, from Pre-Algebra to Differential Equations. Students enrolled in the following courses may visit the Math Lab at any time: College Preparatory mathematics courses, College Algebra, Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Calculus I. For classes above Calculus I, Finite Mathematics, and Statistics classes, we will post and send out a schedule of times that students can receive help. Alternatively, the Meet Our Staff page has information on the specific tutors who are able to assist in these courses.
The Math Lab has computers and wi-fi so that students can receive assistance with homework on MyMathLa
The Math Lab is a tutoring facility that you as a student may visit for free tutoring or resource checkout and usage. MyMathLab is the software that comes with the textbook that allows students to work on homework, view the textbook, etc. and can be accessed through the following link:
The Math Lab is free for all students of San Jacinto College. Students need only bring their student ID to utilize the Math Lab. Students will need to log in and out in our system, TutorTrac.
The Math Lab is a drop-in tutoring facility where you can study independently or in small groups. Tutors are available to assist you with any questions that you may have. Tutors will share knowledge and learning strategies with students. Since a tutor's job is to supplement instruction, students can expect tutors to explain concepts behind problems, ask questions, and make suggestions. Tutors will not complete a student's work.
The purpose of tutoring is to help students help themselves and to assist or guide them to the point at which they become independent, successful learners.
- Bring your work and any questions you have.
- Try to sit with others from your class so that you can work together and assist each other wherever possible.
- The tutor will come to each student. Have work to do in case you need to wait.
A peer tutor shares knowledge and learning strategies with students. The basic role of a tutor is to supplement instruction. Tutors do not make judgments on the quality of the student’s work. Tutors do not teach; instead they assist students in understanding various academic concepts.
- Tutors can explain concepts behind problems
- Tutors can discuss your work on a problem to see if you understand the basic process for problem solving
- Tutors can model problem-solving skills
- Tutors can assist in locating resources to assist you with math concepts
- Tutors cannot do the student’s homework.
- Tutors cannot teach new material to students.
- Tutors cannot help with take-home quizzes or tests without the written permission from the instructor.
- Tutors cannot grade a student’s homework.
- Visit the Math Lab as soon as you run into difficulties. The sooner you tackle a problem, the easier it is to solve.
- Prepare for your tutoring session. Read your text; do some of the homework problems. The tutor can’t help you with a blank page.
- Bring your textbook, syllabus, tests, notes and handouts, your current assignment, and previous papers or other work—anything and everything you would bring to class!
- Remember some days and times are very busy. Plan your visits and don’t wait until the last minute to see a tutor before class or a test.
Student ID cards are easy to get! Simply take your fee slip to the library. The front desk assistant at the library will be able to create a student ID card for you. If you do not have a fee statement, you can get one from the business office or print one from any computer on campus.