MyMathLab – Math Tutor Center

October 4, 2010 at 5:35 am Leave a comment

Pearson offers students who are enrolled in a MyMathLab access to its free Math Tutor Center. Recently I had a chance to tour the center, and I was very impressed with what I saw (and heard). In the Boston office there are 10 instructors who serve as tutors, and they are able to help students with any odd problem from the textbook they are using. They are also able to explain any concepts or illustrations found in the book. (I tell my students that they can use this service to help with a MyMathLab homework problem if they take note of which textbook problem it is based on.)

The Math Tutor Center offers assistance in various ways – by phone, fax, email, or interactive web. I listened to them offer help and was very impressed by the interactive nature of the phone calls. The explanations were outstanding. The tutors are very proficient in offering alternative explanations and do a great job of bringing things to the student’s level.

Students

Directions for registering for the Math Tutor Center can be found inside your MyMathLab course at the top of the page containing your eBook. (This could be labeled as “Chapter Contents” or “eBook”, depending on your course.) You can also find the information on this web page. There is also plenty of information available at this web site.

Give it a try! You have nothing to lose. You’ll find the service very helpful, and can work for students of any learning style. Tell them I sent you.

Instructors

The hardest thing is to get students to try using the service the first time. A friend of mine has a great idea – give your students an assignment that requires them to use the Math Tutor Center and write up a summary of their experience. If their experience is good for them, you know that they will be back to use the service when they are struggling with a topic.

Summary

Do you have any experience with Pearson’s Math Tutor Center, or any questions about it? Please share by leaving a comment, or reaching me through the contact page at my web site – georgewoodbury.com.

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Monday I post an article related to MyMathLab on my blog. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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