Student Support

Math Lab

 

Welcome to the Math Lab!

Our tutoring lab, staffed with professional and student tutors, provides free services to students enrolled in math classes at SMC. Tutoring is not available to students in UCLA extension classes or math classes taught at other schools. The Math Lab also hosts the embedded tutors for Math. More information about the embedded tutors can be found near the bottom of the page.

Note: SMC cannot refer to private tutors or tutoring companies.

Hours for Spring 2024 (February 12 - June 11)

The Math Lab will offer both in-person and virtual tutoring during the Spring semester. To see us in-person, please come to MC-84 or MC - 72. While appointments are limited, we also offer unlimited drop-in services. The hours of operation will be:

MC - 84:

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MC - 72:

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Zoom (direct link below, note that tutoring for all classes is not available and changes daily, please check with the host):

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Contact Mathematics Tutoring Coordinator Judith Eckstein for any questions. Below you will find the link to our tutoring services.

It is not permitted to ask quiz or test questions that account for part of the grade. Should a student be caught doing so, a referral will be sent to Judicial Affairs for academic dishonesty.

Join our Zoom Tutoring Service

Booking Tutoring Appointments

Tutoring Sessions must be scheduled via SMC Corsair Connect.

Instructions: Login to your Corsair Connect > Left column shows “Tutoring” button > Follow the directing page to WCOnline (you only need to register once) > After registration, choose from one of the 2 Math Lab Schedules. Pick from the top drop-down list “Math Lab Spring 2024” > Select the tutors on the schedule > Click on the white box and make an appointment. For any questions or concerns, please directly email the Tutoring Coordinator via eckstein_judith@smc.edu

Make Appointment through Corsair Connect

Note: When logging in, an updated version of Corsair Connect will open. To book an appointment please:

  • click on "Resources & Services", located on the left
  • click on "student support"
  • click on "tutoring"

What is Embedded Tutoring?

The Embedded Tutoring program at Santa Monica College focuses on using embedded tutors to provide more individualized attention and assistance during class activities, and to motivate students’ participation and engagement in a classroom setting. In embedded tutoring, a tutor works in the classroom under the instructor's guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance student engagement. The tutor may attend all, or only certain class meeting days each week. In the classroom, the tutor functions as:

  • a peer tutor who supports students as they work with the class content and texts
  • a mentor who helps students foster connections with support services
  • a model student who demonstrates effective student behaviors and successful academic habits, including note taking

Role of Embedded Tutors

The Embedded Tutor may engage in the following types of activities:

  • facilitating small group exercises or discussions
  • offering the perspective of an experienced student in class discussions working with individual students who require additional support during class activities
  • assisting students to learn how to utilize software, tools, etc. providing feedback and answering questions during in-class practice

Become a Tutor

Applications are accepted at any time and tutors are hired throughout the year as needed. Our tutors are required to be actively enrolled as full-time students (12 units). Tutors who are recipients of the Federal Work-Study award as part of their financial aid are eligible to work while enrolled in 6 units.

More information about eligibility for student employment.

Required Skills

  • Customer Service Skills: A successful tutor must be able to form relationships with students, discuss their concerns, and help them through the process of finding an answer. This requires patience, kindness, and an energetic, friendly demeanor.

  • Intercultural Communication Skills: SMC's student body is large and diverse. A tutor must be able to work amicably with students of all different types of backgrounds. All are welcome here.

  • Demonstrated Academic Success: A tutor should be an exemplary student. The role of a tutor in the Math Lab is not only to help with questions about math but with developing good study habits, test-taking skills, etc. The skills learned with a tutor should be applicable to any class a student takes.

Potential math tutors must apply via HireSMC.

Refer a Tutor

Faculty may recommend students as candidates for tutoring positions.

Instructor Referral Form - Tutoring

Contact

Judith Eckstein, Math Lab Coordinator
310-434-8586
eckstein_judith@smc.edu