Quantitative & Science Center
F&M’s Quantitative and Science Center (Q&SC) provides help with selected courses in math, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, business, computer science, psychology, and statistics. Q&SC tutors are students who have already taken the courses for which they tutor and have been recommended and approved by the respective departments.
Through peer-to-peer help, you will “learn how to learn” science and quantitative content, building problem-solving skills, enhancing study skills, and mastering course content — no matter your academic background, level, and goals.
Getting Started with Tutoring
Courses and Tutoring Options
3 Easy Steps!
1). Make sure you have filled out a Tutoring Contract for the semester. Tutoring Contract
2.) Review the options table (on the left) and decide which type of tutoring you are interested in.
3.) Use the Q&SC Scheduler to either make an appointment, check the Drop In schedule, or find the Quest session for your class section.
Note that Scheduler access is limited to F&M students only and can also be accessed from MyDiplomat.
More Information About the Types of Tutoring We Offer
Meet one-on-one with a tutor.
You can meet with a tutor individually to ask questions and receive help in any trouble areas. Upon request, an appointment can be repeated for all the weeks of a semester to create a regular weekly session.
How to Make an Appointment
The Scheduler displays the courses and tutors each day down the left side, with that tutor's availability indicated by the white boxes. Click one at a time that works for you and a window will pop up to set up the appointment. If you would like to meet regularly every week, you can set that up with the tutor at the meeting.
Just walk in, no advance appointment necessary.
Drop-in tutoring is designed for students who have specific questions, are having difficulty understanding a concept, or need tutoring on an irregular basis. You can arrive and leave at any time during the scheduled session time.
Drop-in tutoring is a time when you can come without an appointment and meet with a tutor. Demand varies depending on the day of the week and time in the semester, so you may be the only student at a drop-in session or there may be a group of students.
You can attend drop-in sessions for a number of subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, economics, BOS, and computer science.
How to Drop-In
The Scheduler displays the courses, locations, and tutors down the left, with the drop-in hours indicated by the white boxes. If you are coming to tutoring in-person, just go to the room indicated during drop-in hours and the tutor will help you out.
QuEST Group Sessions
Tutor-led activities to help you master the content.
QuEST, or Quantitative Extra Study Time, are group study sessions for students in select biology, chemistry and BOS classes. QuEST sessions help reinforce and clarify the material covered in class. Because our leaders sit in on lectures and work closely with the professor to plan sessions, they have a clear understanding of what the professor emphasizes and what is important to review and practice. The leader acts as a facilitator. Leaders do not teach material, but rather organize activities that get you thinking about the material in new ways, questioning yourself and one another. Leaders also form activities and discussions about learning styles, study techniques, and test preparation and reflection.
How is QuEST different from peer tutoring?
QuEST leaders sit in on the class and plan their sessions based on the material currently covered in class. Questions and information covered during peer tutoring sessions is up to the students who attend the session and therefore is more open ended.
What if the QuEST sessions aren't held when I can attend?
Your QuEST leader will take a poll during the first week of class to determine the best dates and times for the most people in the class. If it turns out that the weekly sessions conflict with your schedule, please make use of other resources such as weekly appointment tutoring and/or drop-in.
How should I prepare for a QuEST session?
For QuEST sessions you should look over your notes beforehand to refresh your memory about what information was covered during the previous lecture. Be sure to also complete any readings and work on problems beforehand and come prepared with any questions you may have. As with tutoring sessions, bring your notes, books, and any other resources. For importantly, come prepared to participate. The success of QuEST depends on the drive of the students.
How to Join QuEST
Just like drop-ins, the Scheduler lists the rooms and times for all QuEST sessions; you can simply show up in person at the designated location and time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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