Math & Science Center

Welcome to the Math & Science Center!


The Math & Science Center (MSC) is an academic support center on NOVA’s Annandale Campus. Covering 40-45 select courses in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and Accounting each semester, our goal is to provide academic support to students enrolled at the Annandale Campus. The MSC focuses on that support with a diverse group of peer tutors mirroring the campus student population.


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Services

Walk-In Tutoring

You are welcome, during posted Center hours, to meet with tutors without an appointment. A schedule detailing when tutors are available is posted at the entrance, and linked to this page. When you arrive, please sign in. There are desktop computers for online work, as well as tables. Tutors then circulate around the Center answering questions from various courses and topics. Textbooks and calculators are available for use, but only in the tutoring center. As you leave, please sign-out to end your session.

Individual / Group Study

If you need a quiet place to study or if a group of classmates want to meet to discuss coursework, the Math and Science Center is available with the added advantage of tutors being present as a resource. Please contact us to schedule a time.

Software / Computers / OER

The Math and Science Center is equipped with desktop computers and iPads that are available for use within the Center during hours of operation. We provide links to Open Educational Resources for the classes that we support. You may access online homework websites with your passcode, and make use of Microsoft Office.

Class Reviews

Tutors can coordinate with faculty members and conduct review sessions prior to exams for most courses for which we support tutoring. Please contact the ASC Coordinator to schedule a time.
Tutoring

Fall 2020 Tutoring Schedule

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What to Expect in a Tutoring Session:

  • Tutors will help you with your work. They can assist you in questions that are not related to your grade, such as textbook questions, test review and online homework.
  • Tutors will assist you in discovering your learning style -- the most effective way for you to learn.

What Not to Expect in a Tutoring Session:

  • Tutors will not do your work for you. Tutors will help you to determine the answers on your own by asking you questions.
  • Tutors are not going to teach you the course material. You must attend class, do assigned reading and take notes in class, in order to come prepared to see a tutor.
  • We cannot answer questions from unverified sources, or for take-home quizzes and tests, exam corrections, extra credits, and lab report assignments or projects.
OER (Open Educational Resources)
Various classes supported by the Math & Science Center make use of Open Educational Resources (OER). The following links are provided.

MTH 265 Calculus III Books


MTH 267 Differential Equations Book


MTH 288 Discrete Mathematics Books

FAQ
 

How can I reach the Center?

We are located in Room CG-405 on the Annandale campus. You can contact the Math & Science Center at 703.323.3139.  

Can I make an appointment for tutoring?

Walk-in Tutoring is available for the math and science courses, so no appointment is necessary. However, one must review the tutoring schedule on this webpage. The schedule is also posted at the center (Building CG 405).

How long is one session?

Students sign up for tutoring assistance at the Math & Science Center. A tutor will work with each student 10-15 minutes, and move to the next student. A student can sign up multiple times for help, and then work on their own while a tutor is with other students.

What can tutors assist me with?

We CAN help students with questions that are not related to their grade, such as textbook questions, test review and online homework. We CANNOT answer questions from unverified sources, or for take-home quizzes & tests, exam corrections, extra credits, lab report assignments or projects.

Do you have a list of private tutors? Do you provide tutoring outside of NOVA?

We don’t recommend specific private tutors, but we suggest you Google “private math tutor” and the name of your city/community to find a private tutor near year. Private tutors also post fliers on campus offering their services. We don’t recommend specific tutors as it could be considered a conflict of interest, improper use of college equipment, or solicitation.

How can I get help with the Virginia Placement Test?

We cannot assist students preparing for the math placement test, but NOVA Libraries provides access to sample questions at: http://libguides.nvcc.edu/vptmath A Virginia Practice Test is also available at: https://college.measuredsuccess.com Instructions to register for this practice test are at: http://libguides.nvcc.edu/ld.php?content_id=14801447

Do you provide tutoring for MTT classes?

We provide help for MTH classes. MTT class support is available in CT105, or at https://www.nvcc.edu/academics/developmental/math-lab.html

Can I check out textbooks and calculators?

You can check out textbooks and calculators, but they must remain in the Math & Science Center. We ask for a Student ID card or Driver’s License in exchange while you borrow the item(s).

Do you support Extended Time Tutoring?

The Office of Disability Services has discontinued the provision of Extended Time Tutoring as an accommodation on students' MOAs. All NOVA students are entitled to the same amount of tutoring time, in accordance with individual centers' policies.

Do you help with Microsoft Office, FTP, computer literacy or MS Word document creation?

The Open Computer Lab in the CT Building on the Annandale Campus provides support for these type of questions. They may be reached at 703.232.3036.