Getting Help With Math

There are a number of resources for Shippensburg University students to get help with their math work. Some of these may still be modified to accommodate both on-campus and distance learners in the wake of COVID-19. Check the specific resource for more details on how their services may have been modified during the 2021-22 academic year. 

FAQs About Getting Help With Math

  • I am having trouble in my math class. What should I do?
    • First check the basics:
      • Reading the text before class?
      • Going to class?
      • Spending 2 or 3 hours studying math between class sessions?
      • Handing in assignments?
      • Reading and thinking through instructor's comments on your graded assignments?
      • Find a study buddy or a small group among your classmates?
  • I'm doing these things, but maybe I just need to do them better. Could someone help me with that?
    • Absolutely. The Learning Center is the university's primary academic resource center and is available to all Ship students. The goal at the Learning Center is to help you develop skills and strategies that will enable you to become an independent, active learner and to achieve academic success.
  • I'm doing all those things, but I think the problem is with the math, not the study habits I have. What if I still need help with the math?
    • Go see your professor. All professors at Ship have office hours and expect students with questions or concerns (or who just want to talk about the ideas in the class) to stop in during those times. Most are also willing to set up an appointment outside of those hours if they don't work for you. Check your course syllabus for your professor's office hours, stop by the department office or email math@ship.edu.
  • I tried that too. Are there any other options?
    • The Mathematics Department Walk-In Tutoring Center is a free resource to all students in 100-level mathematics classes. See below for more information.

Mathematics Tutoring for Fall 2021

This is your first stop for finding help for your work in one of our math courses this semester. We can help you with homework questions plus study & test-taking strategies.  Some suggestions for a positive tutoring experience are as follows:

  • Come with an open mind and a willingness to accept suggestions.
  • Come ready to get to work. Tutors will be asking you questions to determine what you know and where you need help.
  • Remember, it is rarely helpful to say, “I’m totally lost!” You usually know more than you think you know – let us help you figure that out.

Special tutoring hours have been added for College Algebra (MAT140 A or B) in MCT 258 on Fridays, 10:00 - 11:50am

In-person tutoring on any course up to Calculus I is available in MCT 252 with no appointment needed. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday: 11 - noon, 2 - 3pm, 5 - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 11 - 2pm, 3 - 4pm
  • Wednesday: 11 - noon, 2 - 3pm, 5 - 6pm
  • Thursday: 11 - 1pm, 3 - 5pm 

In addition, the Mathematics Department is supporting Zoom tutoring hours on Mondays and Tuesdays only, 8 - 9pm. Ask your professor to email you this Zoom link -- for privacy reasons we do not post this information on the public website.

Learning Center

The SU Learning Center offers a variety of tutoring services. Tutors can help you study for an exam, learning better study skills, and improve your writing skills. You don’t have to be struggling with your studies to get extra help from the Learning Center.