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Math Skills Center

  • Russ Petricka

The mission of the Math Skills Center is to support all Carleton students in any mathematics or math-related course they are taking in which they are experiencing difficulty, either with the mathematical concepts or with the mathematical tools needed to succeed in the course. Our mission is to "level the playing field" by giving students who enter Carleton without strong mathematics backgrounds the tools they need to succeed here at Carleton. We believe that by providing a physical space and a staff of tutors actively moving about the lab, engaging students in order to assist them as they work on problems, we can create those "learning moments" that allow students to assimilate the material more easily and retain it longer. Rather than serving as a space where students can come to "get the right answer," we strive to provide a space where group activity, discussion, and inquiry are valued, and where students come to inquire, reflect, and gain insight into a problem; in other words, we offer a place where math comes alive as students actively engage in the learning process.

The Math Skills Center is located in the Center for Mathematics and Computing (CMC), on the second floor between the Math Department and the computer labs and classrooms. Its main function is to assist students who are taking math courses and experiencing difficulty with them, but it also functions as a place to study, to do homework, and to meet for one-on-one tutoring.

The Math Skills Center provides a number of services to students, such as:

  • drop-in tutoring
  • one-on-one tutoring
  • algebra and pre-calculus review
  • pre-calculus software and VCR tapes on statistics and calculus
  • preparation software for GRE, LSAT and MCAT entrance exams
  • lending library and magazine rack

Math Skills Center Tutor Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm
Friday: 8:30am-5pm
Saturday: 2-5pm
Sunday: 2-5pm, 7-11pm

Center for Math & Computing
Room 229
(507) 222-4026

For more information, contact Russ Petricka.

What's It Like to Use the Math Skills Center?

Kaitlin Randolph ('12) has produced a three-minute video tour of and introduction to the wonderful world of Russ Petricka & Co.! Watch it here.