When evaluating mathematical expressions, be sure to follow the order of operations:
1) G: Groupings. These include parentheses, brackets, and braces.
2) E: Exponents. This includes roots and radicals.
3) M and D: Multiplication or Division. These both have the same "weight" so when you get to this step do whichever operation comes first when working from left to right.
4) A and S: Addition or Subtraction. These both have the same "weight" so when you get to this step do whichever operation comes first when working from left to right.
Dropin Math Tutoring (Fall 2024)  

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday 
9:30am5:00pm  10:00am5:00pm  9:30am5:00pm  9:30am4:00pm 
Not on campus but still need math support? A Zoom room will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am2:00pmfeel free to drop in just as if you were on campus! For additional remote support throughout the week you can also email kcole@mainecc.edu with any questions! Screenshots are welcome. Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply between Monday 9:00am and Friday 12:00pm. 
Dropin (or walkin) tutoring allows students to work with a tutor, without needing to set up an appointment. Each semester we announce our dropin hours of availability and welcome students to drop in as their schedule allows.
We can:
It's important that your math grade reflects your personal effort and abilities, which means the Student Success Commons tutors are here to help you, but in a way that ensures your work is your own. Please remember that assistance for homework assignments and studying is allowed, and you are welcome to work with a partner on these things while at the SSC. However, students are not permitted to receive help from tutors, classmates, friends, family, or AI during any quizzes or tests unless otherwise explicitly indicated by your instructor.
In addition, it is the student's responsibility to read the syllabus, stay on top of upcoming assignments and announcements, read their ebook, utilize any videos and notes provided, and take the initiative to seek tutoring and support options whenever needed.
The tutor will ask you to share your screen or send over a photo of the question you'd like to work on. Your tutor will then share their screen so the two of you can look at the problem together. A virtual whiteboard and onscreen calculator will be used so you can see clearly in realtime how to work through the question. If there are multiple students in the Zoom room, you will have the option to be put into a breakout room—just ask!
Since tutoring is open to all math students, we cannot guarantee uninterrupted oneonone tutoring for any length of time. If there are multiple students seeking support at the same time, the tutor(s) will split their time equally between all students. You may work with the other students if you wish, but it is not required.
If you send your question(s) via email, a tutor may respond with a written explanation or by sending a relevant video. Our tutoring videos aim to emulate a tutoring session and are a valuable resource for students with busy schedules. You can get your questions answered, see the steps, follow along, and rewatch the video any time you need. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see some of the tutoring videos we have uploaded. If you don't see the video you're looking for just email your questions and ask for the video you need.
We want to offer support to as many students as possible. If you're looking for remote math support outside of the dropin hours please email Karissa Cole to discuss options. (Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply.)
Any student currently enrolled in a MAT class or class involving dosage calculations at YCCC qualifies for free tutoring at the Student Success Commons.
Students do not need to sign up for math tutoring. Simply let us know you'd like support by stopping in to the SSC or by emailing us.
Students are not assigned tutors. Whichever tutor is available during the dropin hours will be sure to work with you!
That's up to you! Whether you need 5 minutes or 5 hours, we're here for you. There is no time limit for students attending dropin math tutoring during our hours of availability.
Math tutoring covers any MAT course (MAT 118, MAT 126, etc.). Tutoring for dosage calculations is also available with Karissa Cole. Classes coded as ACC, BUS, and FIN are not covered under Student Success Commons math tutoring. If you need support with any of these classes please reach out to your advisor and student success coach.
No: regular tutoring is reserved for students currently taking math or a class requiring math. However, if you're planning to take a math class and want to be prepared you are welcome to reach out and a tutor will provide suggestions and resources to help you get started. We also reccomend you connect with your student success coach to enquire about other resources that may benefit you.
*Please be aware that math tutoring covers any MAT course (MAT 118, MAT 126, etc.) and dosage calculations. Classes coded as ACC, BUS, and FIN are not covered under Student Success Commons math tutoring. Though we will always try to help you find the resources you need, tutoring for these and other nonMAT classes may not be fully available from the Student Success Commons math tutors. For more information please feel free to reach out to your success coach and/or your instructor.
What can a math tutor do?  

We can...  We cannot...  
Help you understand and interpret questions  Give you solutions for a problem  
Show you how to take and use good notes  Teach you the material from scratch (you must attend class, watch instructional videos, and read your textbook!)  
Provide support and encouragement  Sit with you through every quiz, test, or other assignment  
Work with you on examples to help you understand the steps and concepts  Work with you on examples while you're taking an exam  
Help you review past quizzes and make notes that will assist you for future assignments  Walk you through calculations during quizzes or tests  
Show you how to use your calculator effectively  Tell you if an answer to a quiz or test question is right or wrong before it's submitted 
Suggested Math dos and don'ts  

DO ✔  DOn'T ✖  
Thoroughly read your syllabus immediately. Print and keep handy, especially if you plan to meet with a tutor.  Gloss over or forget about your syllbus. For tips making the most of your syllabus check out this video.  
Utilize all the resources provided by your instructor. This may include PowerPoints and/or videos.  Dive right into assignments without using all the tools at your disposal first.  
Take clean, clear notes. For notetaking tips check out this workshop.  Avoid writing things down.  
Read the chapter/sections in your textbook each week. Reading math textbooks isn't always easy, but it can drastically improve your chance of success, especially if approached properly.  Ignore your etext.  
Attempt as much of your homework as possible, utilizing your notes and class resources.  Avoid trying homework questions. If they feel overwhelming, try checking out some tips and tricks from the SSC!  
Avoid spinning your wheels. If you can't figure out a question after a reasonable amount of time, move on.  Spend a disproportionate amount of time on one question.  
Make notes of your questions before meeting with a tutor.  Go in to tutoring without having tried the list of dos. 
Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply. Thank you.
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