Math Assistance Center/Posvar Computing Lab

Math Assistance Center

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 Fall 2021

MAC Location:

O'Hara Student Center

2nd Floor, Room 215

Hours for the Physical Location of the MAC:

9am-4pm Mon-Thurs

9am-3pm Friday

Contact:

Daniel Hockensmith

hockens2@pitt.edu

***The Math Assistance Center will operate virtually for the first two weeks of the semester. All appointments during this time will be virtual. In-person tutoring will resume on September 12th, 2021.***

Appointments will be made through the Navigate Students App, available in the Google Play Store, the Apple Store, or my.pitt.edu. Appointments are 30 minutes long and may be made anytime within 7 days of an appointment’s availability. This means you can schedule an appointment up to a week in advance or within a few seconds of its commencement. This is especially useful if you need last-minute assistance and an appointment is available.

We offer in-person appointments within the Math Assistance Center’s physical location as well as virtual appointments. Your appointment notification will tell you where the appointment is located, so please be sure to check the emails and notifications you receive after scheduling to determine if the appointment is virtual or in person.

Additionally, the graduate TA’s for each course will hold office hours within the Math Assistance Center (or virtually, if that is their choice). The schedule of TA office hours will be available on the MAC’s website as well as within the MAC itself. Additionally, you will be able to search through the schedule of TA’s for a specific subject, meaning you will be able to find a graduate student to help you with your specific course.

The Fall 2021 MAC Schedule

The in-person MAC schedule will be posted over the weekend of 9/10. In the meantime, please check the Navigate App for virtual appointment availability.

How to Schedule an Appointment

To make an appointment with a tutor, you will need to download a mobile app called Navigate Student or search for the "Navigate Student" task from your my.pitt.edu portal to schedule from your computer. Navigate Student is an app that you’ll use for many resources and services at Pitt. It will tip you off to important events coming up, can help you find the right fit major, connect you with support, allow you to make appointments with an advisor, and stay ahead of roadblocks.

This app is available in the Apple Store or Google Play Store, and you can search for it by typing “Navigate Student”.

Once you download the app, you will be prompted to select your school (type in: University of Pittsburgh) You will be asked to sign in with your Pitt username and password You will be asked to authenticate your login using two-factor authentication (more info on this here: https://www.technology.pitt.edu/services/multifactor-authentication-pitt) You will be prompted to fill out a short survey about your academic experiences and interests.

After you’ve taken these steps, use the app to schedule an appointment with a tutor:

Click on the "Get Assistance" button on the home screen.

  • Type of Appointment: Tutoring
  • Location: MAC – Math Assistance Center
  • Service: The name of the course with which you require assistance.
  • Choose your preferred date
  • Find available time

Select the course for which you are seeking support. Only courses in which tutoring is offered that you are enrolled in will be available to schedule.

Choose an appointment time that fits your schedule. If you prefer a specific tutor, you can filter the available times by tutor. In the comments field when scheduling an appointment, you can specify exactly what you would like to talk about in your session, if you know. This field is not required


Dietrich School Scientific Computing Lab

Some mathematics courses include computer assignments using Lon CAPA, Mathematica, Maple or Matlab software. Expert help is available with this software on a walk-in basis in the Posvar Computer Lab.

Location

Posvar Hall
Room 1200A
230 S Bouquet St.

Hours

No in-person due to COVID-19

Contact

No in-person consultant.

Resources

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