MSW Remote Support

While classes are conducted under a hybrid model (in person + remote), the Mathematics & Statistics Workshop (MSW) will continue to provide support to students in mathematics, statistics, and programming in DCS courses.  Students are welcome to drop by the MSW in Ladd to take advantage of in-person tutoring. Those wishing to meet remotely with a tutor are asked to sign up for a Zoom appointment using this link.  Additional information on services of the MSW and how to sign up for appointments may be found below.

Make a Remote Tutoring Appointment

All of our services are available both in person and remotely via Zoom. The Math & Stats Workshop is using the same appointment system as ARC this term. Please go to the following link to set up an appointment using the WC Online system on the ARC page. New users will have to create an account prior to scheduling their first appointment. Watch the video tutorial on ARC’s resource page to learn how to set up an appointment using WC Online.

Winter 2021 courses supported by the MSW:

  • Bio 244 Biostatistics (B244)
  • DCS 105 Calling Bull (D105)
  • DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming (D109)
  • DCS 204 Data Cultures (D204)
  • DCS 211 Computing for Insight (D211)
  • Econ 250 Statistics (E250)
  • Econ 255 Econometrics (E255)
  • Math 105 Calculus I (M105)
  • Math 106 Calculus II (M106)
  • Math 205 Linear Algebra (M205)
  • Math 206 Multivariable Calculus (M206)
  • Math 221 Introduction to Abstraction (M221)
  • Math 215 Statistics (M215)
  • Psych 218 Statistics (Psy218)
  • Soc 206 Thinking Sociologically with Numbers (S206)

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.  

Accessing Digital Texts for Math, Stats, & DCS Classes

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.

  • Bio 244 Biostatistics – Getting started with R: Introduction for biologists by Beckerman, et. al.  
  • DCS 105 Calling Bull – Observe, Collect, Draw! by Lupi & Posavec and check Lyceum for additional course materials.  Please contact Prof. Diaz Eaton with questions.
  • DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming – Think Python, 2nd ed by Downey (html) (pdf)
  • DCS 204 Data Cultures – DPlease contact Prof. Shrout with questions.
  • DCS 211 Computing for Insight – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Lawson with questions.
  • Econ 250 Statistics – check Lyceum.  Please contact Prof. Rakitan with questions.
  • Econ 255 Econometrics – MYLAB Economics with Pearson Etext – Access Card – for Introduction to Econometrics (Lifetime) 4th edition by Stock
  • 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 by David Lay
  • Math 206 Multivariable Calculus (MOD D) Calculus Volume 3
  • Math 215 Statistics – John E. Freund’s Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Miller & Miller.
  • Math 219 Differential Equations – Differential Equations (Revised edition) by Noonburg
  • Math 221 Introduction to Abstraction – Book of Proof (3rd edition) by Hammack
  • Math 301 Real Analysis – Understanding Analysis by Abbott
  • Math 308 Complex Analysis – Complex Variables and Applications (7th edition) by Brown
  • Math 309 Abstract Algebra – Book of Abstract Algebra (2nd edition) by Pinter
  • Math 355 Numerical Analysis – Numerical Analysis: Mathematics of Scientific Computing by Kincaid & Cheney
  • Politics 218 Statistics for Political Analysis – Political Science Research Methods by Johnson
  • Psych 218 Statistics – Please contact Prof. Boucher for access to digital Psych 218 Coursepack.
  • Soc 206 Thinking Sociologically with Numbers – Naked Statistics (P) by Wheelan & Social Statistics (2nd 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, “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!

More Questions?

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