Ackerman STEM Learning Center

Rockville Campus
Ackerman Math Science Learning Center


Per Montgomery College’s Coronavirus Response Plan, all learning centers will provide remote instruction until further notice. Please visit our  virtual tutoring page to sign up for virtual tutoring.  MC also provides tutoring through SMARTHINKING.


Spring 2020 Hours

In keeping with Montgomery College’s Coronavirus Response Plan, the Ackerman Center will not have open hours. Tutoring will be conducted virtually. Please visit the virtual tutoring page for more information.

As you complete your math and science requirements at Montgomery College, we encourage you to take advantage of the many services we have to offer including tutoring, current text books, two computer labs, calculators, and review sessions. We provide a supportive environment outside the classroom where you can work at your own pace. We are here to assist you in being a successful student. Visit us soon and come back often! 

You must be a registered student at MC to use the Ackerman Learning Center. A valid student ID is required to check out a calculator, text, or other materials.

Location: Science West (SW), Room 109 (campus map and directions
Phone: 240-567-5200

Ackerman Center annual report (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)


Per Montgomery College’s Coronavirus Response Plan, all learning centers will provide remote tutoring until further notice. Please visit our  virtual tutoring page to sign up for virtual tutoring. Please see the MC website and your MC email for further information.

Face to face tutoring has been suspended in accordance with MC’s Coronavirus Response Plan. All tutoring will be conducted virtually. Please visit the virtual tutoring page for more information. MC also provides tutoring through SMARTHINKING.

Check here for information on weekly review schedules when it becomes available.


Short-term tutoring is available on a walk-in basis according to the schedules below for currently enrolled students taking math, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, and geosciences courses at Montgomery College. There is a sign-in for the tutoring waiting list at the circulation desk.

Tutors assisting in the Ackerman Learning Center are members of the faculty, Center staff, or outstanding students who have been recommended by their professors. Weekly help sessions are available for some classes. Students should be sure to take advantage of the additional help offered by faculty through these help sessions. There is no need to register and all sessions are free. The Ackerman Learning Center also maintains a list of private tutors (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) who can be hired for more extensive private tutoring needs.

Spring 2020 Tutoring Schedules

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Math 
  • Physics, Engineering, Geosciences  
  • Computer Science 

The posted tutoring schedules are not able to reflect daily tutoring absences; schedules may change without notice.

Weekly help sessions are also available for some classes. Sessions are free, there's no need to register, and all MC students are welcome to attend.

How to maximize your time with a tutor:

  • Bring your notes and text book.
  • Try to attempt solving the problem to show the tutor your progress and where you have questions.

Our Tutoring Model

The Ackerman Learning Center uses a short-term, drop-in tutoring model. We don’t take appointments; all tutoring is done on a first-come, first served basis. Be prepared for your session with questions to ask and to show your work to the tutor. You can sign up as often as needed, but each session is limited due to the volume of students we serve.

Take Home Tests and Quizzes:

Tutors cannot directly assist with take home tests or quizzes unless it is clearly specified on the test or quiz that help from a tutor is allowed.  

Brain training has been suspended in accordance with MC’s Coronavirus Response Plan. Please check here for more information as it becomes available.


Is your effort not reflected in your grades? Are you frustrated with your exam scores? Is studying taking too much time?

If so, come to Brain Training and learn how to use your brain effectively to study smarter, not harder!  Each session will change how you approach learning and will show you simple, concrete strategies for acing your classes. 

Brain Training Workshops will help you master techniques to rewire you brain for academic success, beat procrastination, and conquer exams.  Brain Training Mini’s are shorter sessions for targeted help where you can choose from available topics or bring your own questions.

How are you using your brain? See you at Brain Training!

  • Brain Training Schedule
  • Brain Training Mini’s Schedule

Current textbooks and solution manuals are available for most math and science courses at the Rockville campus. There are also a variety of supplemental textbooks and problem books available. You may freely use these materials in the Center, and are asked to return the books to their proper location before leaving.

The Ackerman Learning Center houses 120 computers used for tutorial support and/or additional resources in math and sciences.

Every computer has the full suite of MC standard software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe products, as well as a wide range of discipline-specific academic software.

There are a variety of software packages available for math, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and CMSC which are listed below. 

Please check with the staff for additional information and assistance.

The Ackerman Learning Center has six small group study rooms that students may reserve if they want to study in a group. Rooms can accommodate 4 – 10 students for up to two hours. All rooms must be reserved before use; reservations may be made at the Circulation Desk.

The Ackerman Learning Center maintains a room for students in Biology in which microscopes, slide sets, and anatomy models are housed. Students have access to these important resources whenever the Center is open, in addition to the open lab hours in the department.

TI 84, TI 89, and scientific calculators are available in the Ackerman Learning Center to use for a short-term loan of one day; short-term calculator loans must be returned the same day they are checked out. Students must use their MC ID to check out a calculator.

Students with a financial need may be able to borrow a long-term calculator for an entire semester.  This requires completing a form including the instructor's signature. 

Long-term calculator application forms are available in the Center.



Meet the staff of the Ackerman Learning Center.