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Math Resource Center
The Math Resource Center (MRC) schedule is available on the Babson Hub.
The Mathematics Resource Center promotes the development and enhancement of concepts and skills that are essential for an understanding of quantitative applications in business. The MRC provides assistance in the mathematics and the technologies that are an integral part of required QTM courses QTM1000 and QTM1010.
The MRC is located on the ground floor of Babson Hall in Room 217. Look for a green door on your left as you walk from the Horn library towards the entrance to Babson Hall. The MRC is equipped with multimedia computer stations providing access to software on Globenet, the Internet, and to specialized software for learning and doing mathematics.
The MRC is not open on official school holidays or on certain Sunday evenings.
Math Resource Center student assistants function as patient coaches, not as dispensers of quick answers. The primary role of an MRC tutor is to help students develop self confidence by improving their understanding of concepts and their mastery of skills.
Babson Hall 216F
How We Can Help
- A student needs help with some aspect of manipulative algebra such as transforming one formula into an equivalent form, solving an equation, or interpreting the graph of a function. The original problem may originate in mathematics, economics, finance, FME, IMC, or in a science course.
- A student needs assistance with standard computational tools in order to analyze some quantitative situation. This may involve building or manipulating a mathematical model with the Excel spreadsheet, performing hypothesis testing or regression analysis with Minitab, using Excel to solve time value of money problems, or using On-Line Help.
- A student with weak algebra skills requests guidance and support while working through a self-paced, on-line algebra tutorial.
- A group of 2 or 3 students decides to meet in the MRC and work together on a project. When they get stuck, they show the MRC tutor what they have done and ask for hints or similar examples that they might investigate to get them back on track.
- A group working on a project asks for help with interpretations of Excel or Minitab exhibits that will become part of a written or oral presentation. The MRC tutor suspects that the group is not clear on the intent of the project or that the group needs to work on organizational and/or stylistic components of the written report or oral presentation. The tutor recommends a course of action such as making an appointment with the instructor of the course, scheduling a visit to the Writing Center, or scheduling a visit to the Speech Center.
- Take full advantage of opportunities to meet with your professor during regular office hours or by making an appointment. Make every effort to attend every class. The MRC is a supplementary source of help, not a primary source of information.
- As soon as you arrive at the MRC, introduce yourself and inform the tutor what course you are in. There may be other students in the MRC that have the same questions that you have. Working together can often be helpful.
- Please bring your textbook, syllabus, up-to-date class notes, and calculator. Avoid last-minute panic.
- Even though the MRC operates on a drop-in basis, you should plan ahead and arrange your visit at least a day or two before the deadline of any upcoming assignment, quiz, exam, or project. Tutors cannot compensate for your lack of planning.
- You are more likely to get quicker individualized attention if you arrange your MRC visit during the late afternoon or early evening, on Monday through Thursday.
- During the hours that the MRC is scheduled to be open, you can call 781-235-MATH (6284) if you wish to know the name of the tutor on duty or the number of students that are currently visiting the MRC. Please do not use this phone number to ask questions about math.