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Science and Mathematics Academic Resource Center 

Struggling to crunch those numbers?

The SMART center is committed to offering excellent tutorial services designed to help you understand concepts in math and science. The welcoming environment will provide students a caring, supportive and encouraging academic presence while tackling the development of math and science skills. The open work area gives students the ability to drop-in and work on math assignments, receive peer tutoring and study for exams. This can be completed independently or in small groups.

Making the Most of Drop-In Tutoring
Making the Most of Drop-In Tutoring

The Math Center at Catawba College provides free help in courses involving quantitative skills on a drop-in basis - no appointment needed! All staff are qualified students who have the ability to help with any and all level math and/or classes.

Enter the Space
Enter the Space

Upon entering, be sure to sign in and get comfortable. Assistance in the Math Center is very informal. Tutors are available to assist you with questions or direct you to a class study group if you don ‘t already have one!

Come By Regularly
Come By Regularly

Attending regular tutoring allows you to get your questions answered on a continuous basis, allows tutors to get to know you, and allows you to form relationships with your peers.

Be Prepared
Be Prepared

By reviewing topics beforehand, you will have a better idea of what you need assistance with. The Drop-In Rooms get busy, so preparing your questions beforehand will save you time.

What to Bring to Tutoring
What to Bring to Tutoring
  • Textbook (or e-text), class notes, handouts
  • The problems you have attempted but are struggling with
  • Questions or concerns about your homework, readings, or assignments
The Role of Tutors
The Role of Tutors

While tutors are a great academic resource, they are not able to act as a replacement to lecture or to complete the work for the tutees.Please do not expect the center to provide quick answers for the purpose of completing homework assignments, or help you cram all of the material the night before the exam. This expectation does you a disservice. Tutors can:

  • Ask you questions to guide you through the homework problems or provide a similar problem for you to work on together.
  • Review concepts and give explanations of concepts that you find confusing or have difficulty understanding.
  • Provide practice problems similar to problems you may see on your exams, but tutors do not give out old exams or practice tests without consent of the instructor.
The Role of the Tutee
The Role of the Tutee

Tutees are expected to use each session to learn the problem solving process and how to reach answers on their own. To do well in your courses, you will also need to attend lecture, utilize office hours, and do your own studying outside of tutoring.

When to Visit
When to Visit

The SMART Center is located in Library Study Room 2.

Hours of Operation
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Daytime Hours     4-6 4-6  
Evening Hours 7-10 7-10 7-10 7-10 7-10
How Can I Become a Tutor?
How Can I Become a Tutor?

For those interested in becoming a tutor, please fill out the become a tutor application. Additionally, you will need a faculty member to fill out a recommendation form.

Become a Tutor

Meet the Tutors
Meet the Tutors

Federico Borrego Higareda '20
I am deeply interested in the mathematical sciences and the economic field hence my double major in Mathematical Finance and Economics and Finance. After Catawba I want to pursue a Masters of Financial Engineering to further grow my knowledge and abilities in the regarded field.

Allison Waters '20
I am a Economic/Finance major with accounting and mathematics as minors.

Maria Arnold '22
I am a Math Education major with a minor in Computer Science. I want to teach after I graduate at a high school around my hometown of Nashville, TN. I am also considering getting my PhD in Math.

Kaitlin Koons '21
I am majoring in mathematics with minors in secondary education and psychology. I hope to teach math at the high school level.

Giovanni Quiroz-Delfi '21
Biochemistry major/Mathematics minor. My subjects of interests are chemistry, biology, and math. After graduation, I would like to either enter medical school or graduate school for biochemistry or chemistry.