Math center offers study sessions for finals week


Gabriella Groves

The math center is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during finals week. The center is located in the Learning Resource Center in room 205.

The math center is holding study sessions for the final week of the semester.

Pedro Rubalcava, an instructional assistant for the math center, said they do particular study sessions that are associated with individual classes.

“We try to make sure to give students the opportunity to get unstuck because we know that working on mathematics has a lot of different points to it,” Rubalcava said. “Even if you understand some things it’s not always that you understand everything.”

Rubalcava said the center wants to create a place where students can come in and ask any questions about math that they have.

“The mindset for every individual person and student is going to be different and the amount of knowledge and exposure they have had in the past affects how much they know,” Rubalcava said. “Math is supposed to be challenging, to really press all of your capability and knowledge and it’s like the bull trying to get you off its back.”

Twenty-two-year-old physics major Kara Briel is a math tutor for the center and does math 401 calculus II study sessions for Math Professors Phuong Le and Loi Nguyen.

“I do the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement) academic excellence workshops on Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the room next door and those are specific study sessions for calc two students, specifically for their classes,” Briel said. “It is a voluntary thing for them to show up and I answer any questions they have.”

Briel also said that the day before an exam, extra review sessions are available and there are normally bigger study sessions for that.

“My goal is to make sure that students have a better understanding from when they came in and to give them the right directions or tools to find the answer if I don’t have it myself,” Briel said.

Briel said the center tries to give all the help they can give to students for their personal goals.

“We try to give them tools to help them and each person has their own individual goals for things, but they are all generally looking to get extra support,” Briel said.

The math center is located in the Learning Resource Building in room 205. The in-person hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.