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Services

  • Math and science preparedness consultations
  • Supplemental Instruction for specific courses
  • Calculator Loan Program (Click here for more information and the Calculator Borrowing Form.)
  • Walk-in, tutoring by appointment and study skills assistance for Math and Science
  • Tutoring by appointment (call (319) 273-2361)
  • Test preparation
  • Study groups
  • GRE Quantitative preparation course
  • Workshops (Register by clicking the ALC Workshops and Registration link to the right)
    • Effective Study Strategies for the Sciences—Designed to teach students how to better learn and understand science content
    • Effective Study Strategies for Math—Designed to teach students the skills needed to become better learners of mathematics
    • Effective Study Strategies for STEM—Designed to teach effective study strategies for students taking science, technology, engineering, or mathematics courses

 

FAQs

Who does Math and Science Services serve?

To use Math and Science Services, an individual must be a currently-enrolled UNI student.

What should I bring to the mathematics or science tutoring session or appointment?

Bring your class notes, handouts, and textbook.

Bring your calculator and any supplemental material the instructor has given you.

If you have an appointment, remember you have half an hour to get your questions answered. It is highly recommended that you come prepared. The tutor will always ask you at each appointment, “What is the most important thing you want to accomplish today?”

What can I expect when I come to Math and Science Services? 

You can expect to be greeted by a courteous, professional staff member. The first time you come to Math and Science Services, you’ll be asked to complete a short intake form and do a computer check-in. After your first visit, you simply sign in and sign out by swiping your student ID card or by manually entering your UNI student identification number.  Once signed in, you will be greeted and directed by the reception staff to the appropriate tutor.  The tutor will ask you "What is the most important thing you want to accomplish today?" and your response will be used to guide the tutoring session.

How do I schedule an appointment?

For appointments, call (319) 273-2361 or schedule in person in 008 ITTC. Times tutors are available for appointments are found on the Tutoring Calendar.  Appointments are scheduled for half an hour, and you may schedule up to two half-hour appointments per week.  At this time, we do not offer online scheduling or scheduling by email. 

What do I do if I'm running late or have to reschedule or cancel?

Please do your best to arrive on time.  Our appointments start on time.  If you're running late, please call Math and Science Services so that we can inform your mathematics or science tutor.  Your tutor may not be available to work with you if you're more than 15 minutes late, and the remainder of your appointment time may be offered to someone else. 

Students meeting for individual/group consultations for GRE, Praxis Core, a course, etc. MUST notify us IN ADVANCE (within 24 hours), if they are unable to keep their appointments. Also, students who don't show up for three (3) scheduled appointments will lose access to individual one-on-one services for the remainder of the semester. Students will continue to have access to walk-in services. Call the Academic Learning Center at (319) 273-2361 to notify us if you have to cancel or reschedule.

Do you allow walk-ins?

Walk-in services are available in ITTC 008:

Math:

Monday  11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Science:

Monday 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Tuesday 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Wednesday By Appointment

Thursday 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm

During the summer, tutoring is by appointment only.

What if no appointments are available?

Appointment slots fill quickly depending on the time of the semester. You can request a particular mathematics or science tutor or any appointment time that fits your schedule. If no appointment is available on a date you request, remember there is walk-in tutoring: 

Math:

Monday  11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Science:

Monday 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Tuesday 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Wednesday By Appointment

Thursday 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm

If you know you would like to meet regularly each week with a particular tutor, it is recommended that you schedule appointments two weeks at a time.

What if I am a UNI student enrolled in a mathematics or science course at another university or college? Can I get help from Math and Science Services tutors for my class?

Yes. However, since it is likely that the tutors have not taken your exact mathematics or science course, it is very important that you bring all course materials, including textbook, notes, and handouts to the tutoring session. These materials will be the resources the tutor uses to assist you.

Will the mathematics and science tutors do the problems for me?

No. We are a learning center providing you an instructional service. Integrity and academic honesty are two things we value. Our goals are to empower you to confidently handle the mathematics and science content of your course(s) and for you to become an independent learner. We empower you and help you to become an independent learner by clarifying concepts, modeling the problem-solving process, checking your understanding, helping you to connect the smaller ideas to get the bigger concepts, and incorporating study skills.

Who are the mathematics and science tutors?

Mathematics and science tutors include the Math and Science Coordinator, graduate students from the Mathematics and Science Departments, and graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of majors who have strong mathematics and science backgrounds. Each tutor completes a minimum of two years of training and earns National Tutoring Association (NTA) and completes Supplemental Instruction (SI) training. Their passion is helping you learn. As one tutor said, “It is extremely satisfying helping students realize they can learn.”

I came to see a tutor, but I still got a poor grade on my mathematics or science test anyway. What happened?

Learning is a complex process; hence, there is not just one answer.

If you have a specific complaint about a walk-in session or an appointment, we want to know about it; contact Latricia Hylton at (319) 273-2361 or Latricia.Hylton@uni.edu. Keep in mind there are numerous factors that influence the grade you earn on any assignment whether it is math- or science-related or not. Asking yourself these questions can help ensure that you’ll do better next time:

1. Did you continue to practice the concepts after meeting with the tutor?

It takes time for information we learn to move to long term memory. Research shows that after just two days of learning something new, if we do not review it frequently we forget about 80% of it. If you learn a new concept and connect it to other concepts and information you know, you will remember it longer. Mathematics and science concepts build on previously-learned material, so it is important to make connections between previous and new concepts.

2. How much time elapsed between seeing the tutor and your test or quiz?

    Remember, most tests are given every three to four weeks and are an evaluation of how well you know and understand multiple concepts. Tutoring staff are trained to deal with what each student feels is the most important concern during the tutoring session. It helps to have follow-up visits to get additional feedback to assist you as you move through multiple chapters. During these appointments, ask the tutor to help you connect the specific ideas in your textbook chapters or sections to the bigger contextual objectives of the material. A great question to ask during any tutoring session is "How does this concept relate to the material learned in chapter/section so and so?"

    3. Did the test or quiz evaluate you at a different level than the homework questions?

      Homework is usually assigned per chapter or per section. This allows students the opportunity to master the specific content that meets the overall objectives of the chapter. Each item on a test, on the other hand, usually evaluates your understanding of multiple concepts. Because of the nature of tests, it is very important to connect concepts using the upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. You want to be able to APPLY the concepts you learned in multiple types of problems, ANALYZE and differentiate what types of problems require which formulas, EVALUATE and support your answers using definitions, postulates, theorems, etc., and finally, SYNTHESIZE and connect the concepts you learned from each chapter and section to develop new types of problems.

      Can I meet with someone who can help me improve my overall learning process in math and science?

      The Math and Science Coordinator can help you better understand the Study Cycle and how to apply it to your learning process to increase your effectiveness as a learner. You may call (319) 273-2361 to make an appointment with the coordinator.