DCC Math Lab
Phone: 4347978554
Email: mathlab@dcc.vccs.edu
About the Math Lab
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 
Lab Hours
Monday 
9:00 am6:00 pm 
Tuesday 
9:00 am6:00 pm 
Wednesday 
9:00 am6:00 pm 
Thursday 
9:00 am6:00 pm 
Friday 
9:00 am2:00 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 oneonone tutoring?
The math lab is not designed for oneonone 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 oneonone 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 oneonone 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.
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 29)
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.