The following is a list of frequently asked questions and responses, relating to MAC policy and operation. These questions were contributed by the MAC staff of tutors in an effort to enlighten the NIU student body regarding the day-to-day function of the MAC. If you have a question or concern which is not presented below, please email your question to us.
Absolutely nothing. All of our services are free to all NIU students.
No. It is not necessary to make an appointment to use the MAC services. Most of our business is done on a walk-in basis. Come on in and begin to look over your assignments and a tutor will be around to help you.
The MAC provides tutoring for Math 155, 210, 211, 229, and 230.
Math 101 students should visit their instructor, TA, or SI Leader. Math 101 is a specialized course and you should seek assistance from the faculty and staff who work with this course. There is a math 101 tutor available during certain times. Refer to the tutoring schedule.
Refer to the Staff Schedule to see when tutors for your specific course are available. As long as a tutor is not working with a student from their specific assigned course, they are available to help everyone.
Yes and No. The tutors will generally choose similar problems so that you can still try the homework problems. Other times they may watch you do the homework at the board and offer guidance. It is unlikely that the tutor will show you how to do a problem with a homework question.
Yes and no. The MAC tutors will usually help you for 5-10 minutes and then move on to help someone else. They will return to you over and over, however, for as long as you need help.
You should always bring your textbook, notes and any homework that you are working on. Bring your NIU OneCard with you too. You will need that to check in.
We scan your OneCard for attendance purposes. When we do this we are recording your name, and the current date and time. This information is only used for statistical purposes. This way we know how many students are using our services, when demand is the greatest and the least, and how frequently we tutor each math course.
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The MAC opens during the 2nd week of each semester. Current hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8-4pm, Friday 8-3pm
Please click here for the current schedule.
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