Student article: Student veterans and math tutoring

By Ryan Wadding

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center received feedback from student veterans regarding tutoring and academic success, and has started a new program known as the SVT Team (Student Veteran Tutoring Team). The program is a partnership between the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the ASU Tutoring Center. Since this is a pilot program, the team is only available on the Tempe campus and tutoring is only for math courses. The goal is to eventually have an SVT Team on each campus, offering tutoring services for various subjects.

“The program is a stepping stone for veterans to integrate into student life. They are going to get help from their [veteran] peers so they feel more comfortable asking for help, rather than asking for help from someone they feel they cannot relate to,” says John C., PTVC outreach team and math tutoring team coordinator.

Some veterans require additional time to adjust to the university environment and expectations, and it can be difficult for them to filter their frustrations. The math tutors, who are veterans themselves, will alleviate this difficulty because they understand what it is like to transition from the military to the university.

The program is located on the third floor of the student pavilion, room 321B.

Meet the team:

Eric C.

USN, Accounting

“Even if you are comfortable with a subject, I find it educational to simply work with other students who may have a different approach to doing something. By working together, it strengthens everyone’s sense of the subject.”

Subjects:

ACC 231, 232, 241, 242

CIS 105

ECN 211, 212, 221

MAT 106, 117, 119, 142, 170, 210, 211

STP 226

Availability:

Monday 9:30 - 13:30, 15:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

Wednesday 9:30 - 13:30, 15:00 - 16:30

Thursday 10:00 - 12:00

Friday 9:30 - 13:30, 15:00 - 17:30

 

 

Bryson M.

Army, Master of Education

 “I know math is something that many people do not enjoy and can cause a lot of frustration, and that's not good for anyone. I am attempting to help in any way I can.”

Subjects:

EXCEL

MAT 110, 117, 119, 142

Availability:

Sunday 12:00 - 17:30

 

 

Patrais S.

USMC, Economics

“Even really good students will benefit from tutoring. There is always a benefit to working out problems with someone else and veterans should take advantage of that.”

Subjects:

ACC 231

CIS 105

ECN 211, 212, 221, 312, 313

EXCEL

MAT 110, 117, 142, 170, 210, 270, 271

MKT 300

STP 226

Availability:

Monday 16:30 - 18:30

Tuesday 13:30 - 17:30

Wednesday 13:30 - 15:00, 16:30 - 19:00

Thursday 9:00 - 10:00, 13:30 - 14:30

Sunday 12:00 - 16:30

 

 

Andrew S.

USMC, Engineering Management

“I think tutoring is a vital piece of the transition back into the education field, and the help our team can provide will ease that transition. Not only in math, also in learning how to learn, learning how to study and transitional skills.”

Subjects:

ACC 231, 241

MAT 117, 170, 242, 265, 266

Availability:

Tuesday 12:00 - 15:30

Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30

Thursday 12:30 - 15:30

Friday 12:00 - 14:30

 

 

Jared T.

USMC, Mathematics

“It’s satisfying to me when another person finally understands that difficult concept in math. And for them, they get a taste of how I see math and for me, that’s worth it.”

Subjects:

MAT 110, 117, 119, 142, 170, 210, 242, 243, 251, 265, 266, 267, 270, 271, 272, 300, 342

Availability:

Monday 11:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 1730

Tuesday 9:00  - 10:00, 16:30 - 18:30

Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30

Thursday 9:00 - 10:00, 16:30 - 18:30

Friday 11:00 - 14:30