Welcome to the Math Lab!
MISSION STATEMENT: To create an environment that is conducive to learning and encourages
students to utilize all their resources to expand their learning experience while here at Santa Monica
The math lab offers a plethora of resources available to SMC students. With the intent of making our
math department excellent in its tutoring services, all of our tutors are selected based on their successful
completion of certain math classes, their ability to communicate math effectively to their peers, and
upon recommendation of outstanding SMC math instructors. Also available in the math lab are
Instructional Assistants (IA). The IA are available for drop-in tutoring only. A student may sign up for
an IA and are called up on a first come first served basis. They spend only a few minutes (about 5
minutes) with a student answering only one or two questions. This way, the IA can service a lot more
In addition to tutoring, there are computers available with math programs that may be utilized by the
students to enhance understanding of a particular subject. We have programs available for all subjects
(except MATH 81 and MATH 84 at this time) ranging from Introductory Algebra to Differential
Equations. (Online resources may also be useful). It should be noted that the JK programs available in
the math lab were created by John Kennedy, a current professor of mathematics at Santa Monica
College; thus the advantage is that the programs are geared more towards the classes that SMC's Math
Workshops are also available to anyone enrolled in certain math classes here at Santa Monica
College. The workshops are hosted by SMC Faculty Instructor(s) who teach the class. The type of
workshops available vary each semester, thus an updated schedule of workshops is also available
Please also take the time to become familiar with the faces here at Santa Monica College's math lab
(Meet the Tutors). The student tutors and Instructional Assistants are here on a regular basis and work
very hard. Whenever you come in, feel free to address any questions or concerns you may have to
MATH LAB RULES**
ALL CELLLPHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF (NO VIBRATIONS)
NOISE KEPT TO A MINIMUM. THIS IS A STUDY ROOM!
MUSICAL DEVICES ARE ALLOWED, BUT KEEP AT A RESPECTABLE VOLUME
COMPUTERS ARE FOR MATH RELATED USE ONLY
o (No CHATTING, No SHOPPING, No MUSIC, and No GAMES)
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
SIGN-IN / SIGN-OUT
O If you forget to sign out, you will lose the hours for that time.
CHECK OUT BOOKS
O We have many of the math books in the math lab that can be checked out to use in the math
lab. To check out a book, you must have a Student ID.
O All available tutoring in the math lab is free! Feel free to take advantage of: one-on-one
tutoring, drop-in tutoring, and workshops.
WHERE YOU CAN STUDY
O We understand that the math lab has limited space and at certain times of the day it is really
crowded. Therefore, it is acceptable to study at other facilities on campus. However, if you
are in Math 81, Math 84, or Math 31, please remember to clock out.
CANCELLATIONS / NO SHOWS
O All scheduled appointments must be cancelled at least 24-hours in advance. Failure to do so
my result in a NOSHOW documentation. Moreover, if you don’t attend your scheduled
appointment you will also be marked with a NO SHOW. Students are only allowed two (2)
NO SHOW’s; after the second NO SHOW, the student will no longer be able to make one-
on-one tutoring appointments, until cleared to do so.
O Math Lab Coordinator: Paul L. Williams Jr.
O Math Lab Phone Number: 310-434-473 ; Voice Mail: 310-434-8586
O Location: Math Complex 84 (MC-84)
O Math Lab Hours: Mon – Thurs. 8:00am – 10:00pm ; Fri. 8:00am – 10:00pm
O (Website Coming Soon!)
**Failure to comply with Math Lab Rules will serve as cause of your dismissal from the Math Lab! To create an environment
that is accommodating to learning and encourages students to exploit the Math Lab’s resources to expand their learning
experience while here at Santa Monica College, we all must share the room and respect one another. Therefore, it is asked that
everyone who enters the Math Lab follows these simple rules. I promise you, it will make your experience in the Math Lab
much more enjoyable.
Paul Williams – Math Lab Coordinator