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 host 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 Fall 2021 (August 30 - December 21)
Due to COVID-19, all in person tutoring has been suspended for the moment and has been moved to an online platform - Zoom. Below you will find instructions and hours of availability.
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Contact Mathematics Tutoring Coordinator Judith Mosher for any questions. Phone calls cannot be answered at this time. 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.
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
Embedded Tutors for the Fall semester of 2021:
Pre/intermediate algebra: Richard, Kiana, Keihaneh, Lindsay
College algebra: Kitty
Precalculus: Rene, Fatemeh
Trigonometry: Rene, Fatemeh
Please contact the tutoring coordinator Judith Mosher if you have any questions or would like more detailed information about individual schedules.
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.
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 College Central Network.
Refer a Tutor
Faculty may recommend students as candidates for tutoring positions.
Judith Mosher, Math Lab Coordinator