Math Lab

Phone: 434-797-8554

Email:  mathlab@dcc.vccs.edu


About the Math Lab

Brad Prillaman

 

The DCC Math Lab is a computer lab that is staffed with math instructors and math tutors that are trained to help students with developmental math.  The lab is located in Room 122 of the Temple Building.  Usage of the lab is free to all developmental students enrolled at DCC.

Bradley Prillaman, Instructor of Developmental
Mathematics and math lab supervisor.

Lab Hours

 Monday

 9:00 am-8:00 pm

 Tuesday

 9:00 am-8:00 pm

 Wednesday

 9:00 am-8:00 pm

 Thursday

 9:00 am-8:00 pm

 Friday

 9:00 am-2:00 pm

 

Purpose of the Math Lab

·         To offer students a place to work on math outside of class.

·         To provide students access to free math tutoring.

·         To serve as a testing center for developmental math classes.

To enhance students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and sharpen students’ problem solving skills.

·         To promote student success.

 

Goals of the Math Lab

·         The math lab shares the same goals as the Virginia Community College System in regards to developmental mathematics. 

·         To reduce student need for remediation.

·         To decrease length of time a student spends in developmental courses.

·         To increase student success in graduating and/or transferring.

Math Lab Policies

·         Students are expected to keep noise to a minimum within the math lab in respect for others working and/or testing.

·         Students are expected to work on developmental math or other school related assignments while in the math lab. 
           Preference will always be given to students working on developmental math.

·         Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek help while in the math lab.

·         Free printing is allowed for school related materials only. 

 

Student Testimonials

“The math lab has been a great help.  The monitors are knowledgeable, polite, and happy to help.  It has been the best support I’ve had all semester.” – Linda Logan

“I am doing well in my math course because of the math lab.  The math lab instructors are nice, easy to work with, and explain the math so well.” – Jerle Wilson

“The math lab has been a great help in allowing me to succeed in my math course.  Everyone in the math lab is very helpful and the teachers were awesome.  Two thumbs up.” – Crystal Bagwell

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the math lab provide one-on-one tutoring?

The math lab is not designed for one-on-one tutoring.  Students are instead assisted on an “as needed basis” as lab administrators monitor the room.  However, in cases where the lab is not busy, students can get plenty of one-on-one attention.  If a student is seeking one on one tutoring, then they are encouraged to contact the Tutoring Center.

What can a student do in the math lab?

A student can do anything in the math lab that they could do in their normal math class.  The activities include watching lecture videos, doing homework, studying for a quiz or test, and taking a quiz or test.

What do I need to bring with me to the math lab?

A student should bring the same materials that they would take to their normal math class.  If the student is planning to take a test, they will also need to bring a PHOTO ID.

Why are the developmental math classes taught via MyLabsPlus?

Research indicates that students gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts using MyLabsPlus in conjunction with instructor support.  By putting the students in control of the learning process and forgoing original lecture style classes, instructors are available for more one-on-one interactions with the students.

What is considered a passing score?

Passing scores vary depending upon the assignments. Homework assignments are passed once the student has attained at least a 90%.  Quizzes are passed once the student has attained at least an 80%.  Unit Tests are passed once the student has attained at least a 75%. 

How do I best prepare for my Unit Test?

The best preparation for the Unit Test is the Practice Test.  We advise students to take the Practice Test using only the approved testing materials.  Once the test has been completed, students should review their mistakes on their own or with the instructor in class or with an administrator in the math lab prior to taking the actual Unit Test.

How can I be successful in my developmental math course?

Making arrangements to work on math outside of class whether that be in the math lab or not is the key.  Each student is given a list of assignments to be completed prior taking the Unit Test along with a pacing guide.  The students that follow that pacing guide on a week by week basis are our most successful students. 

Where can I get help in addition to the math lab?

Smarthinking 

·       Smarthinking an online tutoring service that DCC offers for free to its students.  Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, many of which are available 24/7.   It is available in Blackboard.

 

LAC Tutoring Center ( http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/lrc/tutoring/tutoringcenter.htm

·       The LAC Tutoring Center allows students to schedule weekly meetings with tutors free of charge.

MyLabsPlus Help Tools

·       MyLabsPlus offers students a variety of help tools.  These tools range from HELP ME SOLVE THIS which walks students step by step through a problem to ASK MY INSTRUCTOR which directly links the student to the instructor for help via email.

 

Unit Testing Procedures

1.   Be sure that you are ready to test and that you give yourself enough time to take your test.  All homework and quizzes must be completed prior to testing and tests must be submitted at or before the math lab closing time.

2.   Have a Photo ID ready and sit in one of the designated testing areas.

3.   Have materials ready before calling the lab administrator over to enter the required password.  Approved materials include:

·       Photo ID

·       Pencil/Pen

·       Blank Loose Leaf Paper

·       Formula Sheet (if taking Unit 2 or Unit 3)

·       Four Function Calculator (if taking Units 2-9)

 

4.   The use of any unapproved materials during the Unit Test could result in a 0 on all three Unit Test attempts.  Unapproved materials include but are not limited to:

·       Notes

·       Cell Phones

·       Scientific or Graphing Calculators

·       Four Function Calculator (if taking Unit 1)

 

5.   Label your work with your name, the name of your instructor, and the name of your test.  Number and show all work in a neat and organized manner to be submitted to your instructor for grading.

 

6.   Once the Unit Test has been started, you should not leave the lab until the Unit Test is submitted.  In case of emergencies, please call the lab administrator over to make arrangements before leaving the lab.

 

7.   When your Unit Test is completed, call the lab administrator over to collect your work before submitting the Unit Test.  Failure to do so will result in the loss of any partial credit.

 

8.   Once the administrator has collected all of your work, you may submit your Unit Test.  At that time, you will be given the opportunity to review your Unit Test with the lab administrator.

 

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