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10/15/2008 —

The Penn State Brandywine Math Center opened over the summer in 204 Main Building, right next to the Learning Center. It was originally the vision of Alan Horwitz and Charles Helou, professors of mathematics, who wanted to provide tutoring for students specifically in math. The center's coordinator Janeen Madison has big plans for its future.

The Math Center has two basic purposes: to partner with the faculty to provide aid in the classroom through workshops and to have professors spread the word about the center. For students, it offers an intimate tutoring opportunity and convenience.

Tutoring is available for students in statistic courses and courses from Math 3 to Math 140. The students are divided in groups and by math class based on their availability. Walk-in times also are available during common hour. If a student's schedule does not match up with available tutoring groups, the Math Center will try to create another group to accommodate the student's needs.The center also is there to help students in the Math 97 program, which offers credits for receiving tutoring. Currently about 127 are students enrolled in the program and the center is expected to bring in an additional 200 students on a weekly basis.

So does it help? Surveys asked students in Math 3 and Math 110 who have used the center if they found it useful and most reportedly answered "yes." Test scores have begun to improve. Madison reminds students "it's never too late" to get help.

In the next few years, students can expect to see the Math Center offering more evening hours and availability for walk-ins and more workshops. Madison encourages all students who need to work on their math skills to stop by and join a study group.

For more information on the Math Center, click here or contact Madison at jdm40@psu.edu.

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