College Park Tutors is a curated service that connects students at University of Maryland (UMD) with experts in their specific courses. Whether you're an engineering student grappling with physics and differential equations, a business student mastering calculus and statistics, or you're just trying to get through your required math and science courses in general, finding a good tutor can be frustrating. You have a busy life, and there isn't a lot of time in the semester to shop around for a tutor who actually knows your course.
At College Park Tutors, we eliminate the guesswork by carefully vetting all our tutors. When you work with us, you know you're getting the best tutors possible. We hope that you will choose to work with us, and we look forward to serving the College Park community in the years to come.
The two biggest calculus courses at UMD are MATH220 and MATH140 (MATH130 is smaller and open only to students in the biological sciences). MATH220, geared toward non-technical majors, is easier in that it doesn't cover limits, related rates, and more abstract concepts like the Mean Value Theorem and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Instead it focuses on more practical applications of calculus, especially those from the business domain such as compound interest, consumer surplus, and inventory optimization.
MATH140 (and the sequel, MATH141), are more rigorous and intended primarily for engineering and physical science students. If your program doesn't require these courses, don't take them! You'll be much better off taking the 8AM section of MATH220 than a section of MATH140 that lets you sleep in later.
Physics is an applied math class. As in any other math class, you'll need to develop an instinct for applying the right techniques at the right time in each problem. What's different, though, is that you'll also have to do the setting-up of the problem itself! You can think of a physics course as a math course where all of the problems are word problems.
At UMD, the most commonly required physics courses are PHYS161 and PHYS260 (for engineering and certain physical sciences), PHYS131 and PHYS132 (for biology majors), and PHYS121 and PHYS122 (mainly for pre-med students). The PHYS161 and PHYS131 track courses are both calculus-based: you will need to have a decent grasp of differentiation, integration, and vector algebra to get through these courses. PHYS121 and PHYS122 do not require calculus, but they are still mathematically rigorous and require some skill in algebra.
Statistics at UMD is required for business, criminology, education, communication, and a variety of other social science majors. Some majors require a specific course, such as BMGT230 for business students or CCJS200 for criminal justice majors. Other programs like communications let you choose among BMGT230, STAT100, CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201.
In general, the statistics courses taught by the math department - like STAT100 - are going to be more difficult than those taught within other departments. The exception is BMGT230. It is less mathematically rigorous than STAT100, but the tests are all multiple-choice. This means no partial credit! If a common arithmetic error leads to a particular wrong answer, you can sure that answer will be one of the choices. For example, if students tend to compute (30 - 25)/5 as 30 - (25/5) instead, you can be sure that 25 will be one of the answers.
If you have the choice, go for CCJS200, PSYC200, or SOCY201.
UMD offers a number of free, university-sponsored tutoring services to students - so why would you pay for a private tutor instead?
Actually, we think these services are great! We encourage our students to take advantage of them whenever possible. That being said, there are some advantages to choosing a private math or science tutor:
Every candidate we hire is vetted in a mock tutoring session with one of our senior tutors. Each candidate must directly demonstrate, in person, their aptitude for the courses in which they wish to specialize. In addition to their technical knowledge of the material, they must also demonstrate patience, affability, and above all their ability to effectively work with someone who is struggling to get through their class. We've met (and rejected) plenty of very smart people who just don't understand what it's like to be completely lost!
By design, the free services at Maryland are seeking to serve as many students as possible within a fixed amount of time. Therefore, each tutor's attention might be divided among several students. This means that it can be difficult to have a meaningful interaction with a tutor during the busy times before exams and project deadlines! In contrast, all meetings with our tutors are private, one-on-one sessions. There's no need to vie with someone else for your tutor's attention, and you can maintain a natural back-and-forth flow for the full hour (or longer) that your session lasts. Your tutor is fully invested in interacting with you, and you alone, during your sessions.
Walk-in tutoring is usually a first-come, first-serve situation. There's no guarantee that you'll get to work with the same tutor each time you show up at Math Success. However at College Park Tutors, once we've matched you with a tutor that you like, you can meet with that same person throughout the semester! As a result you get a chance to build a rapport with your tutor - they get a sense of your learning style, the areas where you tend to have the most trouble, and the types of mistakes you tend to make. We believe that forging a personal bond with your tutor makes for a stronger learning process.
Rather than expecting you to be free at a certain time, you can schedule the location and time directly with your assigned tutor. By doing this we allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling your sessions.
Submit your request directly through our website. Choose your courses, select an individual session or package rate, and tell us your availability and how we can contact you. You won't be charged until you have been successfully matched and have completed your first tutoring session.
We have specialist tutors for the biggest courses at UMD - calculus and other math classes, physics, chemistry, engineering, business and statistics. A tutor who best fits your course and schedule will contact you within 24 hours or less (usually a lot less) to set up an appointment. All of our tutors are experts, so you won't waste time and money looking for the right match. While you're waiting, check out our blog for some fully-worked example problems from popular UMD courses!
Most students and tutors find it convenient to meet on campus, in McKeldin Library or the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library (EPSL). However, some of our tutors may be able to meet you at another location - we'll do our best to accommodate your needs! After your first session, you can schedule additional sessions directly with your tutor.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us at any time.