Math & Science Help
Tutors: Math & Science Help (MASH) & Individual
Tutors are made up of upper-class students who have been particularly successful in their academic work. They help other students who are learning the material for the first time to understand the material and to meet instructors’ expectations. Their job is to help students to understand what they are learning in lecture and reading in textbooks, master new concepts, and put ideas into perspective. There are tutors that provide individual tutoring which are scheduled in advance for a set time and subject, and tutors that facilitate MASH which is group tutoring with no appointment needed. All Tutors become certified through the College Reading & Learning Association.
Math and Science Help (MASH)
MASH review sessions are offered for math, science, and computer science courses that are critical for student success. The MASH program has helped WPI students make the transition between high school learning patterns and the necessary habits and skills needed for college work.
In MASH sessions, you will meet with other students who are taking the same course. You can discuss any difficulties you are having understanding the material or a specific problem, talk about the class, compare notes, discuss assignments and lectures, as well as ask questions and improve your study skills. A tutor who has taken the course before and understands what you are experiencing guides each session.
During the first week of the term, tutors will introduce themselves to the class and announce when and where the MASH sessions will be held. You are encouraged to attend as many sessions during the term as you wish. Each session will be different as new material will have been covered and new questions posed. Bring your class material (texts, notes, and assignments) and your questions.
Email the Academic Resources Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about peer tutoring or MASH.
Peer tutoring sessions, unlike MASH sessions, allow students to work one-on-one, or in a small group, with a tutor. For the most updated list of courses that are offered for tutoring, please visit the Academic Resources Center Canvas page. Individual tutoring will occur within the ARC hours of operation: Mondays-Thursdays from 10am-9pm, Fridays from 10am-5pm, and Sundays 12pm-9pm.
If you cannot find an appointment that works for your schedule in TutorTrac, please fill out the ARC Tutoring Inquiry Form. This form will require you to provide your contact information, the specific course you would like tutoring for, as well as your available times and dates. It is important to ensure that your provided availability falls within the ARC's hours of operation and is at least 48 hours in advance. This allows sufficient time to connect you with an available tutor.
Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email within 1-3 business days acknowledging receipt of the form. Outreach will be made to ARC tutors regarding your request. If a tutor is available, you will be connected to them via email to coordinate a mutual time to meet. However, if no tutors are available, you will be notified and further encouraged to explore other resources. Scheduling an appointment using TutorTrac is the best way to seek appointments for subjects that are offered for tutoring. The tutoring inquiry form serves as a supplemental resource primarily for situations where a student cannot find an appointment that fits their schedule for a subject in which tutoring is offered through the ARC.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Academic Resources Center at email@example.com.
Need to make an appointment?
Visit Tutortrac to sign up for a tutoring appointment. No appointment is needed for Math and Science Help (MASH) sessions.
NOTE: Students are able to make a maximum of 3 tutoring appointments per course, per week. Students are limited to a maximum of 1 session per day (for 1-on-1 tutoring), per subject, to allow availability for other students.
There is no maximum amount of MASH sessions that a student can attend.