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.
Fall 2020 courses supported by the MSW:
- DCS 105 Calling Bull (D105)
- DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming (D109)
- DCS 204 Data Cultures (D204)
- Bio 244 Biostatistics (B244)
- 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 214 Probability (M214)
- Politics 218 Statistics for Political Analysis (Pol218)
- Psych 218 Statistics (Psy218)
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.
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 – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Essenberg with questions.
- DCS 105 Calling Bull – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Diaz Eaton with questions.
- DCS 109 Intro to Computing/Programming – Think Python by Downey
- DCS 204 Data Cultures – Data Feminism by D’Ignazio & Klein
- Econ 250 Statistics – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Subramanian with questions.
- Econ 255 Econometrics – Econometrics: A Modern Introduction by Murray
- 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 – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Montgomery with questions.
- Math 214 Probability – John E. Freund’s Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Miller & Miller.
- Math 221 Introduction to Abstraction – Chapter Zero by Schumacher
- Math 301 Real Analysis – Understanding Analysis by Abbott
- 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 – check Lyceum. Please contact Prof. Douglass with questions.
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, 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!