MSW Support Options

With classes now being conducted in person, the Mathematics & Statistics Workshop (MSW) will resume full in-person support to students in mathematics, statistics, and programming in DCS courses.  Students are encouraged to drop by the MSW in Ladd to take advantage of in-person tutoring. Students wishing to know who will be staffing the MSW can check online using the Penji app. Zoom meetings are available by special request only.  Those wishing to schedule an appointment in advance should refer to details below.

Making an Appointment

The Math & Stats Workshop will be using a new application, called Penji, this year for scheduling information and appointments.

Fall 2022 courses supported by the MSW:

  • Bio 244 Biostatistics (B244)
  • DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming (D109)
  • DCS 111 Programming for the Humanities (D111)
  • DCS 210 Programming for Digital Analysis and Visualization (D210)
  • DCS 212 Digital History Methods (D212)
  • DCS 229 Data Structures and Algorithms (D229)
  • Econ 250 Statistics (E250)
  • Econ 255 Econometrics (E255)
  • Math 101 Working with Data (M101)
  • Math 105 Calculus I (M105)
  • Math 106 Calculus II (M106)
  • Math 205 Linear Algebra (M205)
  • Math 206 Multivariable Calculus (M206)
  • Math 214 Probability (M214)
  • Math 221 Introduction to Abstraction (M221)
  • Politics 218 Statistics for Political Analysis (Pol218)
  • Psych 218 Statistics (Psy218)
  • Soc 206 Thinking Sociologically with Numbers (S206)

Texts for Math, Stats, & DCS Classes

Textbooks for ALL courses at Bates are available through the Ladd Library Reserves – just ask at the front desk. Some textbooks are also available online. Looking for access to a digital copy of the text for your math/stats/DCS class or the class you support as a tutor? Some quick links to digital library reserves are provided below for many courses supported by the MSW. If our list doesn’t meet your needs then you can check out Ladd Library’s page on Off Campus Access to Library Resources and the Lyceum page for your course to see what your professor has already provided. Please note, that only some textbooks are available digitally.

  • Bio 244 Biostatistics – The Analysis of Biological Data, 3rd Edition by Whitlock, et. al.  
  • DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Lawson with questions.
  • DCS 111 Programming for the Humanities – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Shrout with questions.
  • DCS 210 Programming for Data Analysis and Visualization – R for Data Science by Wickham, and Introduction to Modern Statistics.
  • DCS 212 Digital History Methods – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Shrout with questions.
  • DCS 229 Data Structures and Algorithms – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Lawson with questions.
  • Econ 250 Statistics – Cengage Unlimited. Also check Lyceum.  Please contact Prof. Nivedhitha with questions.
  • Econ 255 Econometrics – Real Econometrics , 2nd Edition by by Michael Bailey.
  • Math 101 Working with Data – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Balcomb with questions.
  • Math 105 Calculus I – Active Calculus by Matthew Boelkins (html) (pdf)
  • Math 106 Calculus II – Active Calculus by Matthew Boelkins (html) (pdf)
  • Math 205 Linear Algebra – Linear Algebra and its Applications (3rd ed.) by David Lay
  • Math 206 Multivariable Calculus – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Montgomery with questions.
  • Math 214 Probability – John E. Freund’s Mathematical Statistics with Applications (8th ed.) by Miller & Miller.
  • Math 219 Differential Equations – Differential Equations: From Calculus to Dynamical Systems, 2nd edition by Noonburg.
  • Math 221 Introduction to Abstraction – Book of Proof (3rd edition) by Hammack
  • Math 301 Real Analysis – Understanding Analysis (2nd edition) by Abbott
  • Math 312 Geometry – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Wong with questions.
  • Math 355A Numerical Analysis – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Ott with questions.
  • Pol 218 Statistics for Political Analysis – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Price with questions.
  • Psych 218 Statistics – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Kahan with questions.
  • Soc 206 Thinking Sociologically with Numbers – Naked Statistics (P) by Wheelan & Social Statistics (4th ed.) by Linneman

Meet Our Peer Tutors

Below are the tutors who support math, stats, and DCS programming courses through in-person and remote tutoring. Beneath their listed major is a list of courses that they support. Courses are identified as follows, “B” for Bio, “D” for DCS, “E” for Economics, “M” for Mathematics, “P” for physics, “Psy” for Psychology, “Pol” for Politics, S for Sociology, etc. In addition, if a tutor supports a particular programming language (e.g., Python) it will be listed below the course list.

How to “scan” handwritten work for upload to Lyceum

Is your prof asking you to “scan” your handwritten work for upload to Lyceum or to email them a pdf? No worries! You can use your smartphone to do this. Better yet, there’s no need to spend money on a third-party “scan to pdf” app!

Setting Up to Go Remote

Need help getting set up for remote learning? Not sure where to find the right apps? The Math & Stats Workshop will provide remote tutoring using many of the same tools you might use for remote learning in your classes. We suggest GoBoard, a digital whiteboard, for those wanting advanced whiteboard features not available in Zoom or Meet.

Zoom’s tips for student online learning.

Video Conferencing & Digital Whiteboards

  • Zoom (desktop client, iOS, Android) – video conference, recording, screen sharing, built-in digital whiteboard, export whiteboard transcript, text chat interface. Click here for Zoom set-up details or a brief tutorial video.
  • Google Hangouts Meet (in G Suite, iOS, Android) – video conference, screen sharing, closed-captions, text chat interface. Click here for Meet set-up details.
  • Jamboard (in G Suite) – collaborative digital whiteboard, export as pdf or image files, saved files accessible via search in Google Drive. Click here for a brief tutorial video.
  • GoBoard (in web browser, iOS) – digital whiteboard, video conference, export pdf of whiteboard transcript. Built-in tools for accessing Desmos Grapher, Wolfram Alpha, LaTeX Equation editor, and more. Note: you must use Google Chrome for the web browser version of GoBoard, it does not work in Safari or Internet Explorer. Click here for a brief tutorial video.

Access to a Virtual Computer Lab

Tutors who are supporting students in courses that use proprietary software applications (SPSS, STATA, MATLAB, etc.) can get access, using MyVPN, to these applications using a Virtual Desktop Environment with an image like those of computers in Bates computer labs. 

Click here for guidelines on how to access the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Take note of the logout feature. This is a shared environment, being used simultaneously by many faculty, staff, and students in the Bates community. The College has a limited number of shared licenses. As such, there is a timeout feature set to one hour. In other words, if an account goes idle for one hour, the account will automatically be logged out. If you have any problems with the technical pieces of using MyVPN, please reach out to the IT Help Desk

Note: LaTeX, R (R Studio), and Python are open access applications and do not require a license.  LaTeX may be used online via Overleaf or installed by downloading a free distribution for Mac, PC, or Linux.  

More Questions?

If you have questions not answered by the information above, please contact Andee or Grace.