About Us

Overview 

The Math Center currently offers eight-week Pass/No Pass Structured Self-Learning Refresher Courses for Pre Algebra (15A), Introductory Algebra & Geometry (15B) and Intermediate Algebra & Geometry (15C).

In addition we offer computer access to math software, areas to do math homework with access to tutors for all math levels, and quiet areas to take make-up exams.

Our facility is composed of the following:
  • A 45 workstation main computer lab offering limited access to selected math-related websites including:
      • MyMathLab
      • MyMathTest 
      • Aleks
      • StatCrunch
  • Virtual TI-84 Graphing Calculators
  • A 10 workstation testing room / computer lab fro test proctoring services
  • a smaller workroom where we hold weekly developmental math level workshops (Math 38/46/96)
  • A quiet study area for students looking for a distraction-free environment
  • A study area for one-on-one tutoring

While our facility and services are open to all City College math students, first priority access is given to students taking one of the Math Center Math 15ABC courses.  As such, the Math Center, our classroom space for the Math 15 courses, is subject to all rules and regulations as any other math classroom (e.g. cell phone usage is prohibited; no visitors; no food or drinks allowed in the Math Center; disruptive students will be asked to leave the Math Center, with possible further disciplinary actions taken, etc). For more information, please refer to Student Code of Conduct section of Policy 3100 of the SDCCD Board of Trustees Policy.

TUTORS

Trained tutors and professors are available throughout the day. The tutors are there to help you, but its up to you to contact them, if you are having difficulty. Many times you will find that one or two words from a tutor can help clear up difficulties that could take you up to hours on your own. If you feel that you need help, just go to L-208 and a tutor will be there to help you.

Different tutors are available at different times, so when you find a tutor you feel you can work with effectively, you should plan your lab hours around their hours. Tutors and professors are available for tutoring, not teaching. Tutors are there to help you, if you have worked the problems and still have a question. Tutors are not there to provide hours of instruction. Because of the large number of students, tutors may only be able to spend 5 or 10 minutes with you. If you still feel like you need more time for tutoring, please see a supervisor for suggestions. 

We offer tutoring in two formats:
  • On-the-fly support: On demand service for any student who has a quick question (e.g. help on some homework problems). Just come into the main computer lab, raise your hand and a tutor will come by to help.
  • One-on-one support: One-on-one sessions with a tutor address math support in greater depth (e.g. review before an exam, or go over a returned test to discuss problems missed). Sessions vary between 25 - 40 minutes, depending on the demand for that day. Speak to the front desk staff to request a one-on-one session.

MATH CENTER HISTORY

The San Diego City College Math Center has been helping students reach, and exceed their Math goals since1994. With help from Dean Armando Abina, Vice President Larry Brown, Vice Chancellor Lynn Neault, a former Trigonometry student, a host of work study students, and other staff members, Professor David Kater was able to get what is known today as the San Diego City College Math Center equipped to aide students in a self-paced, Math tutorial environment that caters to individual learning styles.

The idea of a self-paced Math course became a reality when the Math Center opened its doors in the Fall of 1994 to about 200 students who were enrolled in the self-paced courses or were seeking general Math tutoring. The courses of the Math Center were open entry and open exit. This flexible structure allowed dedicated students to finish the course in a few weeks. Students who needed more time, could finish the course over a two semester time frame. Though the start of the Math Center was rocky at first, it became a safe haven for many students who needed a second chance to achieve Math level requirements. The option to extend the course and flexible attendance requirements, made it possible for many students to succeed. Over time, the Math Center was able to increase the capacity in which students were able to be helped to over 500 students.

The Math Center now provides Math 15 refresher courses; holds workshops for Math 38, 46, 96 and general tutoring for all levels of  Math. We strive to provide a comfortable stress-free learning environment, and continue to help students reach their goals and strive for their best every day.