Phone: 4347978554
Email:
mathlab@dcc.vccs.edu
About the Math Lab

The DCC Math Lab is a computer lab that is
staffed with math instructors and math tutors that are trained
to help students with developmental math. The lab is
located in Room 122 of the Temple Building. Usage of the
lab is free to all developmental students enrolled at DCC. 
Bradley Prillaman, Instructor of
Developmental 
Lab Hours
Monday 
9:00 am8:00 pm 
Tuesday 
9:00 am8:00 pm 
Wednesday 
9:00 am8:00 pm 
Thursday 
9:00 am8:00 pm 
Friday 
9:00 am2:00 pm 
Purpose of the Math Lab
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To offer students a place to work on
math outside of class.
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To provide students access to free
math tutoring.
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To serve as a testing center for
developmental math classes.
To enhance students’ understanding of mathematical
concepts and sharpen students’ problem solving skills.
·
To promote student success.
Goals of the Math Lab
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The math lab shares the same goals as
the Virginia Community College System in regards to developmental
mathematics.
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To reduce student need for
remediation.
·
To decrease length of time a student
spends in developmental courses.
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To increase student success in
graduating and/or transferring.
Math Lab Policies
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Students are expected to keep noise
to a minimum within the math lab in respect for others working and/or
testing.
·
Students are expected to work on
developmental math or other school related assignments while in the math
lab.
Preference will
always be given to students working on developmental math.
·
Students are encouraged to ask
questions and seek help while in the math lab.
·
Free printing is allowed for school
related materials only.
Student Testimonials
“The math lab has been a great
help. The monitors are knowledgeable, polite, and happy to help.
It has been the best support I’ve had all semester.” –
Linda Logan
“I am doing well in my math
course because of the math lab. The math lab instructors are nice,
easy to work with, and explain the math so well.” –
Jerle Wilson
“The math lab has been a great
help in allowing me to succeed in my math course. Everyone in the math
lab is very helpful and the teachers were awesome. Two thumbs up.” –
Crystal Bagwell
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the math lab provide
oneonone tutoring?
The math lab is not designed for
oneonone tutoring. Students are instead assisted on an “as needed
basis” as lab administrators monitor the room. However, in cases where
the lab is not busy, students can get plenty of oneonone attention.
If a student is seeking one on one tutoring, then they are encouraged to
contact the
Tutoring Center.
What can a student do in the math
lab?
A student can do anything in the math lab that they could
do in their normal math class. The activities include watching lecture
videos, doing homework, studying for a quiz or test, and taking a quiz or
test.
What do I need to bring with me to
the math lab?
A student should bring the same materials that they would
take to their normal math class. If the student is planning to take a
test, they will also need to bring a PHOTO ID.
Why are the developmental math
classes taught via MyLabsPlus?
Research indicates that students gain a deeper
understanding of mathematical concepts using MyLabsPlus in conjunction with
instructor support. By putting the students in control of the learning
process and forgoing original lecture style classes, instructors are
available for more oneonone interactions with the students.
What is considered a passing
score?
Passing scores vary depending upon the assignments.
Homework assignments are passed once the student has attained at least a
90%. Quizzes are passed once the student has attained at least an 80%.
Unit Tests are passed once the student has attained at least a 75%.
How do I best prepare for my Unit
Test?
The best preparation for the Unit Test is the Practice
Test. We advise students to take the Practice Test using only the
approved testing materials. Once the test has been completed, students
should review their mistakes on their own or with the instructor in class or
with an administrator in the math lab prior to taking the actual Unit Test.
How can I be successful in my
developmental math course?
Making arrangements to work on math outside of class
whether that be in the math lab or not is the key. Each student is
given a list of assignments to be completed prior taking the Unit Test along
with a pacing guide. The students that follow that pacing guide on a
week by week basis are our most successful students.
Where can I get help in addition
to the math lab?
Smarthinking
· Smarthinking an
online tutoring service that DCC offers for free to its students.
Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, many of which are
available 24/7. It is available in Blackboard.
LAC Tutoring Center (
http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/lrc/tutoring/tutoringcenter.htm
)
· The LAC Tutoring
Center allows students to schedule weekly meetings with tutors free of
charge.
MyLabsPlus Help Tools
· MyLabsPlus offers
students a variety of help tools. These tools range from HELP ME SOLVE
THIS which walks students step by step through a problem to ASK MY
INSTRUCTOR which directly links the student to the instructor for help via
email.
Unit Testing Procedures
1. Be sure
that you are ready to test and that you give yourself enough time to take
your test. All homework and quizzes must
be completed prior to testing and tests must be submitted at or before the
math lab closing time.
2. Have a Photo ID
ready and sit in one of the designated testing areas.
3. Have
materials ready before calling the lab administrator over to enter the
required password. Approved materials
include:
· Photo ID
· Pencil/Pen
· Blank Loose Leaf
Paper
· Formula Sheet (if
taking Unit 2 or Unit 3)
· Four Function
Calculator (if taking Units 29)
4. The use
of any unapproved materials during the Unit Test could result in a 0 on all
three Unit Test attempts. Unapproved
materials include but are not limited to:
· Notes
· Cell Phones
· Scientific or
Graphing Calculators
· Four Function
Calculator (if taking Unit 1)
5. Label your work
with your name, the name of your instructor, and the name of your test.
Number and show all work in a neat and
organized manner to be submitted to your instructor for grading.
6. Once the
Unit Test has been started, you should not leave the lab until the Unit Test
is submitted. In case of emergencies,
please call the lab administrator over to make arrangements before leaving
the lab.
7. When your
Unit Test is completed, call the lab administrator over to collect your work
before submitting the Unit Test. Failure
to do so will result in the loss of any partial credit.