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Ackerman STEM Learning Center

Rockville Campus
Ackerman Math Science Learning Center
Fall 2021 Update: Welcome back! To provide safe and accessible support, the Learning Centers will offer virtual and in-person tutoring and support services starting August 30, 2021. See Learning Centers Reopening Information (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for details and check each center’s site for hours and availability. 

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, 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 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.)

Visit the virtual tutoring page for information on the Virtual STEM Learning Center. Please review our expectations for tutors and students (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) before working with a tutor. MC also provides tutoring through SMARTHINKING.

In-person 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.

Ackerman Learning Center tutors 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. 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.

 

Fall 2021 In-Person Tutoring Schedule (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

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 and all MC students are welcome to attend.

Choose your specific course for information on help sessions.

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

For in-person tutoring, 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.  

How to Download a TI-84 Calculator Emulator



General Assistance

  Workshops (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Biology

  How to find biology help (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
 
  BIOL 212:
    Unit 1 - Topic List (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 2 - Topic List (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 3 - Topic List (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 4 - Topic List (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 2 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 3 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 4 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

  BIOL 213:
    Unit 2 - Lab Pictures for face-to-face section (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 2 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 3 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
    Unit 4 - Lab Pictures (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Chemistry

  How to find chemistry help (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

  CHEM 099 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  CHEM 099 periodic table (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  CHEM 131 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  CHEM 131 final review answer key (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Computer Science

  How to find computer science help (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Math

  How to find math help (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

  MATH 098 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 117 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 120 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 150 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 165 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 181 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  MATH 182 final review (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Physics

  How to find physics help (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Brain training is not currently 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

Shared textbooks are not currently available due to covid concerns.

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.

Computer labs will have reduced seating during Fall 2021.

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.

Small group study rooms are being used for student-support programs and not for direct student reservations during Fall 2021.

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.

Mandatory gloves and other safety measures are in place during Fall 2021.

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 following day. 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.

 

People

Meet the staff of the Ackerman Learning Center.

Our Social Justice Promise

Montgomery College learning centers are committed to equity and anti-racism in policy and practice. We strive to be welcoming and affirming spaces. We believe Black lives matter and stand with our DACA and Dreamer students. We seek to ensure equal access for students with disabilities and provide a brave space for the LGBTQ+ community. We promote a growth mindset and commit to meeting students where they are.

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