Math Assistance Center/Posvar Computing Lab

Math Assistance Center

Status: The MAC will be open on Monday, May 20th 2024 for the summer term. We offer walk-in assistance during the summer. No 1-on-1 appointments are available. Please see the MAC's summer schedule below, updated on May 17th.

Interested in working at the MAC? Please have a look at our job application.
We are also looking for more undergraduate teaching assistants for the spring and fall: UTA application.

The Math Assistance Center’s Mission

The Math Assistance Center seeks to enhance your understanding of mathematics through effective and focused tutoring. Our undergraduate tutors can provide explanations, guidance, and helpful study strategies for those students who are seeking to overcome the barriers and difficulties that so often appear in mathematics courses. Additionally, students may visit their graduate TA in the Math Assistance Center to receive more advanced assistance or advice pertinent to the course(s) they are taking. Regardless of your reasons for visiting the MAC, we hope that it is a productive and useful endeavor.

MAC Operation for Summer 2024

The Math Assistance Center will open on Monday, May 20, 2024. Only walk-ins will be available during the summer. The schedule for walk-in appointments will be posted below.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Hockensmith at


MAC Walk-in Schedule for Summer 6 Week 1 Term 

The walk-in schedule is comprised of graduate students. Note that most students can help with courses up to Math 413, but the number of TA's available for walk-ins for upper level courses is more sparse. Consult the schedules for each course below to determine who is available to help with a specific subject and when they will be in the MAC.

Course Name Schedule         
Algebra - Maths 10, 25, and 31  
Prep for Scientific Calc - Math 200  
Business Calculus - Math 120  
Calculus I - Math 220  
Calculus II - Math 230  
Introduction to Analysis - Math 450  
Calculus III -- Math 240  
Linear Algebra - Math 280 (see 1180 schedule as well)  
Differential Equations - Math 290  
Intro to Theoretical Mathematics - Math 413  
Theory of 1 Variable Calculus - Math 420  
Abstract Algebraic Systems - 430  
Applied Discrete Mathematics - 480  
Numerical Linear Algebra - 1080  
Linear Algebra - Math 1180  
Ordinary Differential Equations - Math 1270  

Instructions for Tutoring-by-Appointment (unavailable during the summer)

Appointments are available within the Navigate Student App. To make an appointment, please follow the steps below:

  • Download the Navigate Student App on your phone or use the designated browser app that is accessible in
  • Log in using your Pitt ID and password. You will be asked to authenticate using 2 factor authentication.
  • Click on the Appointments tab.
  • Select Tutoring as the type of appointment.
  • Select the Math Assistance Center as your location.
  • Select the course with which you need assistance.
  • You should be presented with a list of available times at which you may receive tutoring. Appointments are 30 minutes in length.
  • Please email Dr. Hockensmith at if you have trouble making appointments, a tutor who does not show up to an appointment, or if you have any questions about making an appointment.
  • If you wish to schedule an appointment with a specific tutor and cannot do so through the app, please email Dr. Hockensmith at


MAC Location:

O'Hara Student Center

2nd Floor, Room 215

Hours for the Physical Location of the MAC:

Please consult the schedule above.


Daniel Hockensmith


Dietrich School Scientific Computing Lab


Posvar Hall
Room 1200A
230 S Bouquet St.




No in-person consultant.


For general study tips and academic advice, as well as resources for other subjects, feel free to consult the Study Lab Web page.