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QUAC: Math Drop-In Center


After a successful first year, MCLA is continuing to run the Mathematics Help Drop-In Center, a place for students with any questions related to mathematics. Peer tutors will be available in the Center during daytime and evening hours, as shown below, with more than one tutor present, and have the ability to assist with the mathematics portions of problems from any course in any department on campus, as well as the ability to help students studying for the mathematics portions of exams like the MTEL, GRE, and TEAS. The Center is free for the MCLA community to use, and all are welcome to drop in--no appointment necessary!


The Center is located in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 101.

Hours, Autumn 2018

Hours for Autumn 2018:

  • Sundays, 4 - 7 pm
  • Mondays, 4 - 7 pm
  • Tuesdays, 11 am - 2 pm and 4 - 8 pm
  • Wednesdays, 3 - 7 pm
  • Thursdays, 11 am - 2 pm and 5 - 8 pm

Hours, Exams Week Autumn 2018

Hours for Exam week of Autumn 2018:

  • Sunday, Dec 9: 2 - 8 pm
  • Monday, Dec 10: 3 - 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 11: 11 am - 7 pm (pizza will be dropped off at various intervals throughout the day)
  • Wednesday, Dec 12: 2 - 7 pm
  • Thursday, Dec 14: 2 - 6 pm

Ways to get the most out of your visit

  • Sign the sign-in sheet when you first arrive.  A written record of how many students we serve, what the busiest times are, and in what course students are seeking help assists us in planning.
  • Leave your anonymous comments using the sign-out sheet when you leave. All feedback is welcome!
  • Bring your syllabus, textbook, class notes, homework and computer/calculator if appropriate.
  • Have specific questions.  It's not very helpful to tell the tutor you're confused about everything.  It's much more helpful to have picked out particular homework problems you are stuck on or particular topics or examples you want explained.
  • Seek out other students in the Center who are in the same course as you.  A lot can be accomplished by working in small groups, and it makes good use of the time you're waiting for the tutor.
  • Even though the tutors are very good mathematics students, they are still students, and so there may be occasional questions they can't answer.  Don't let this bother you; just return when a more experienced student or professor is in the Center.
  • Don't ask tutors to help you with a take-home test.  They are not allowed to do so.
  • The tutors have their own studies, so please don't bother them with questions when they are not working. We all need our spare time.

Tips in this section were adapted from Hofstra University's page.


Kara Adams

Kara Adams

Kara Adams (2020) is from Walden, NY, and is a psychology major with a minor in behavior analysis. She plays on the MCLA softball team and is a part of multiple honors societies, including Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society. She has taken Psychological Research and Statistics I and II, and received credit for AP Calculus and AP Chemistry, which she took in high school.

Kara works Wednesdays 3 - 4 and Thursdays 12 - 1 and 6 - 8.

Erika Burgess

Erika Burgess (2020) is a math major from Bennington, Vermont. She has taken Calculus I-IV, Graph Theory, Intro to Mechanics, and Proof I. She also has a basic understanding of statistics. Erika enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and being President of the Cheer Squad.

Erika works Mondays and Wednesdays 5 - 7.

Erika Burgess - Headshot
Owen Fitzgerald

Owen Fitzgerald

Owen Fitzgerald (2020) is a physics major from Pittsfield, MA. He has taken Calculus I-IV, Intro to Statistics, Proof I, and a variety of entry level Physics courses. He also runs Cross Country, and is Secretary for MCLA's chapter of the Society of Physics Students. In his free time, he likes to play Grand Strategy Games.

Owen works Sundays 4 - 7 and Tuesdays 6 - 8.

Samantha Hinds

Samantha Hinds (2020) is a Fine and Performing Arts major from Northampton, MA. She has taken statistics, honors Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry. She enjoys performing and working on various artworks. Samantha works Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 - 6 and Thursdays, 5 - 7.

Dean Little

Dean Little

Dean Little (2021) is a double major in physics and biology with a minor in mathematics from Lowell, MA. He enjoys swimming and is interested in foreign languages. He has taken Calculus I-III and Mathematical Physics, and is currently enrolled in Ordinary Differential Equations and Into to Electricity and Magnetism.

Dean works Mondays 4 - 5; Tuesdays 4 - 5  and 7 - 8; Wednesdays 6 - 7; and Thursdays 1 - 2 and 6 - 8.

Benjamin Michener

Ben Michener is a junior Computer Science major and Math minor from Mansfield, Massachusetts. Among other courses, he has taken Intro to Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus I, Calculus II, and is currently taking Calculus III. In addition, Ben is also happy to look at any Java, Python, C#, C++, or PicBasic programs for his fellow software developers. In his free time, Ben can be found hiking in the woods around North Adams and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Ben works Mondays 4 - 7, Tuesdays 11 - 2, and Thursdays 11 - 12.

Benjamin Michener - Headshot

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Kyle McMartin

Kyle McMartin is a math and education double major from Cheshire, MA. Kyle has taken Calc I-IV, Proofs I and II, Abstract Algebra, Geometry, and Linear Algebra. He also is pretty familiar with low level physics. Kyle enjoys reading and watching movies in his free time.

Kyle works Tuesdays 11 - 2.

Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson is a math and secondary education double major and history minor from Adams, Massachusetts. She has taken Calculus I-IV, Proof I, Proof II, Linear Algebra, the History of Mathematics, Intro to Mechanics, and she also possesses knowledge in Statistics. Megan is also a member of the Women’s Soccer team and will also be taking her Mathematics MTEL (teacher certification test) soon.

Meg works Thursdays, 11 - 2.

Meg Richardson (photo: MCLA Athletics via the Berkshire Eagle)

Nick Strezynski

Nick Strezynski

Nick Strezynski is a math major from Lee, MA. He has taken the Calculus series, Proof 1, Graph theory, Prob & Stats 1, and Intro to Mechanics. He has taken and is taking a few economics courses such as Macro and Global Markets. Nick spends his free time hiking, watching movies, and playing pick-up basketball on campus.

Nick works Sundays 4 - 7, Tuesdays 5 - 7, Wednesdays 3 - 5, and Thursdays 5 - 6.

Ways to Encourage Your Students to Visit

Include This Blurb in your Syllabus

For help with mathematics, please visit MCLA’s Mathematics Help Drop-In Center, located in CSI 101. There you will find trained peer tutors who can help you with all matters related to math, from figuring out where to start, to firming up a shaky background, to practicing concepts and studying for exams. For information such as this semester’s hours of operation, please visit the Math Help Drop-In Center's website at

Invite a Tutor to Visit your Class

Have a friendly math tutor visit your class for a 15-minute presentation on the services the Math Help Drop-In Center offers. To schedule a class visit, please e-mail Kebra Ward at

Use Pre-Tests in your Class

Ungraded pre-tests can often help students decide early whether they will need help with the mathematics that an upcoming course topic entails, and such evaluations can often be given in five minutes, or as take-home assignments. For templates on particular topics, please e-mail Kebra Ward at

Invite Your Class to the Drop-In Center

Beginning a unit where the math is typically the students' biggest stumbling block? Schedule an after-hours help session inside the Drop-In Center! Tutors will meet with you beforehand, and will be on hand to help you help your students. To schedule a session, please email Kebra Ward at

Hand Out Promotional Materials

If you'd like informational brochures, flyers, and other such items to give to your students, please contact Kebra Ward at