Math and Science Tutorial Program (MSTP)

Brian in action. Used for promoting workshopsThe Math and Science Tutorial Program provides academic support to undergraduate students in lower division chemistry, math, and physics courses via workshops and drop in tutoring.

Workshops are group study sessions that meet twice per week for two hour sessions. They pace a specific math or science course, and they are led by undergraduate facilitators who are trained to facilitate collaborative, student-centered learning environments.

The Math 3C study tables offer drop in tutoring for pre-calculus during fall and winter quarter. Math and science tutors are also available for drop in tutoring at various times during OASIS Study Jams, at the Women's Center, and at the Zone.

Target Audience

All undergraduate students enrolled in lower division math, chemistry, and physics courses.

Benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of complex concepts and strengthen your problem solving skills in a collaborative learning environment that reviews course material.
  • Access to a workshop facilitator that has taken the course (or equivalent), done well, and has undergone a quarter long training course to prepare them to facilitate learning.
  • Participate in a campus community focused on collaborative learning, and make connections with other students in your course.

Program Components

Workshops

  • Chemistry 6 series
  • Chemistry 40 series
  • Math 3C/4C/11/18
  • Math 10 series
  • Math 20 series
  • Physics 1A-1C
  • Physics 2A-2C

Drop-in Tutoring

  • Math 3C study tables, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Center Hall Room 375 (fall & winter quarters only)
  • Women’s Center STEM Café, Tuesdays 4 - 6 p.m. Women’s Center
  • OASIS Study Jams, Thursdays 5 - 10 p.m. 3rd Floor Center Hall
  • OASIS at the Zone, Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Zone, Price Center Plaza

How to Apply

  • View the workshop schedules and application.
  • Find the workshops that correspond to your course and best fits your schedule.
  • Visit https://oasismatrix.ucsd.edu/ and use your Single Sign On to apply for workshops.
  • No application is necessary for drop in tutoring services.

FAQ

  • When can I see workshop schedules for the next quarter?

    • Workshop schedules are available Monday of week 9 for the following quarter.

  • When can I apply for workshops?

    • Workshop applications are available Monday of week 0 for fall quarter workshops, and Monday of week 10 for winter and spring quarter workshops.

  • How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a workshop?

    • After you submit a workshop application you will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application. Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming either your enrollment or waitlisted status.

  • When do workshops start?

    • All MSTP services begin week 2 of each quarter.

  • Can I attend a workshop if I am waitlisted for the workshop?

    • No, you may not attend a workshop if you received an email confirming your waitlisted status. If space becomes available in the workshop, you will be admitted to the workshop on a first come first serve basis.

  • Is attending workshop mandatory?

    • Yes, attending workshops is mandatory. If you need to miss a workshop let your workshop facilitator know so they can excuse your absence. If you miss the first workshop, an entire week of workshop, or more than two workshops in a quarter, you will be dropped from the workshop. If you no longer wish to attend a workshop you are enrolled in you can drop yourself from the workshop by using your Single Sign On to log on to the application page.

  • Can I work on homework in workshop?

    • No, the workshop facilitator will have a lesson plan prepared that reviews the course material. Practice problems done in workshop will not include material directly from the course (homework, quizzes, exams, etc.). If you have specific questions about homework visit the professor or TA office hours.

  • What if I can only attend part of a workshop?

    • If you need to leave early or arrive late to a workshop due to a scheduling conflict inform the workshop facilitator so they do not mark you absent from the workshop.

  • If I am in Math 2 or Math 4C can I visit the Math 3C study tables?

    • Yes, you may visit the Math 3C study tables. Be aware that the Math 3C tutors are trained to assist with the Math 3C courses being offered in any given quarter, so they may need additional time to help with concepts and problems that are not presented in Math 3C.

  • What are the expectations for students in workshops?

    • Students are expected to come to workshop with a good attitude, willingness to participate, readiness to work in collaborative groups, and respect for their peers and workshop facilitator.

Student Testimonials

Connor Tait for MSTP Testimonial

“The math and science workshops here in OASIS were invaluable to my academic success and a true blessing. One of the most important reasons why I believe it is so powerful is because the facilitators of the workshops were fellow students who had succeeded in the classes and were proficient in the concepts I was struggling with, and were sensitive to the pitfalls and experiences we were going through in the class. The facilitators used their experiences and empathy as fellow students to create a cooperative learning environment in order to foster a constructive and safe learning environment.”

—Connor Tait, Class of 2018, Cognitive Science Major


Reem's Picture for MSTP Testimonials"At first I was really worried about MSTP Workshops because they were two hours long, but being actively engaged with the material, two hours went by so fast. During my freshman year, I was so nervous about asking questions in class so I never got answers to simple questions that could have helped me. So when I came to workshop, I got to ask all my questions and not have to worry about holding the class up, and surprisingly even others had the same question. The facilitators really know their stuff, and I think more people should give workshops a shot."

—Reem Sheikh Mohamed, SB 2015 Class of 2019, Electrical Engineering

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