Quantitative Skills Center

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do you have a tutor available for my subject?
A list of the most common courses we cover can be found by subject on our schedule page. Click on one of the subject buttons to find your course. Not every course is listed that is quantitative, so you can always call us (425-352-3170) if you don't see your course to make sure there will be a tutor present who can assist you.

2) What is a quantitative skill?
A quantitative skill is any skill that involves using or manipulating numbers. It is the ability to reason using numbers. For example, statistics, economics, and algebra are areas where quantitative skills are essential, but quantitative tools pop up in every discipline.

3) What makes the Quantitative Skills Center different from a Math Center?
Math Centers tend to cater specifically to math classes. The Quantitative Skills Center is open to anyone who wants academic support with a quantitative question for one or more of their classes. You don't need to be in a math class to receive help at the QSC.

4) Who is eligible for tutoring?
The QSC offers free tutoring for all UWB students, staff, and faculty. If you're a Cascadia student or a UW Seattle student, please go to our Tutoring page to find links to the colleges' respective tutoring center websites.

5) Is the tutoring you offer one-to-one?
Tutoring is on a drop in, first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to come in as a group or by yourself.

6) Do I need an appointment?
Tutoring within the Center is available on a drop-in basis. We are currently unable to offer online tutoring.

7) Is tutoring offered online?
We are currently unable to offer online tutoring.

8) Is the Quantitative Skills Center open on weekends?
We are open on a limited basis on Sundays during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Please check the QSC hours and tutor schedule.

9) How can I find the QSC?
We are located in the UW2 building, room 030.

10) Do you have computers for student use?
We have several computers available for student use. However, in order to print students must use one of the printers in the campus labs, e.g., in UW2-140, or in the library.

11) Do you have calculators for student use?
We have several calculators (graphing & scientific) available for student use in the QSC. Students also have the option of checking out a calculator for 24-hour periods.

12) What kind of software does the QSC have?
The QSC has the following installed on our computers. If we don't have the software you need, let us know and we'll look into it. You can email us at qsc@uwb.edu.

  • Microsoft Office: includes Excel 2010
  • Maple: Mathematics and Modeling software
  • SPSS: Statistical software
  • ArcGIS: Mapping software
  • MATLAB: Matrix-based computing language 
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0: Similar to a graphing calculator, but more powerful (Can graph in 3D).

13) Can the tutors help me with programming code?
QSC tutors can help you with the logic behind the code, but not the syntax.

14) I forgot my textbook. Does the QSC have one?
The QSC has current texts from classes that we tutor most often. Students are welcome to use these texts while in the Center. Textbooks not in use for the quarter are available to checkout for 2 weeks.

15) Can I do my homework in the QSC even if I don't need help from a tutor?
Yes!! The QSC is a great place to study or do your homework, and if you find you do have a question, the tutors are ready to help.

16) How do I organize a study group?
Let us know you are interested in a study group by emailing us at qsc@uwb.edu or calling 425-352-3170. We will contact your professor, pass a sign-up sheet around your class or talk with students in your class who are currently using the Center to help create a study group for you.