Applying the Knowledge: The Math and Science Resource Center

December 3rd, 2013

Help with math or science is just a click away for students at IU East.  The Math & Science Resource Center is available to all students who are enrolled in a biology, chemistry, math, or physics class at IU East.  Students may stop in for one-on-one help, work with a group of students and mentors, send their questions online to a mentor, or even phone the Math Hotline.

There are two math and science mentors available during regular hours to assist students with preparing for quizzes and exams, offer tips and study strategies, help students gain self-confidence,  and to show students other ways of looking at the problems while offering alternative explanations.

Neena Wilson, coordinator of the Math & Science Resource Center, is excited to share that during the last academic school year, science mentors were added to the growing team of mentors.  She wrote, “By spring semester, it was clear that we needed at least one science mentor working any time the center was open. We are happy to say that by the end of the same spring semester, science assistance, in terms of visits and hours logged at the center, was occurring at almost the same level as the math assistance.”

And that’s not all that has changed. Wilson said that the Math & Science Resource Center has expanded again this year to offer online assistance in both math and science.

Over the summer, the online math and science mentoring team successfully piloted an online version of the Math & Science Resource Center with select math and science courses. As of August 26, the online center was open 24/7 to IU East students. To take advantage of this service, students simply need to email their IU East username, course number and question to iuemath@iue.edu or iuesci@iue.edu with a screenshot or digital picture of the problem he/she is asking about. A mentor will respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

In addition to mentoring IU East students via email, the online mentoring team is building an OnCourse site for the Online Center. This state-of-the-art site will contain a bank of resources for select math and science courses offered at IU East.  In time, these resources might include videos, worksheets, study guides, and other items for IU East students taking IU East math and science courses.

“These are exciting times for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics as well as our Resource Center as we increase our presence in the online academic world,” Wilson said. “Next time you are in the area physically or virtually, stop in and ‘see’ us!”

For more information, visit our website at iue.edu/nsm/mathcenter or stop by Whitewater Hall, room 280.

The Center’s Hours in the fall 2013 semester are:
Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.