Quantitative Reasoning Center

Goucher College’s Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Center in the Center for Data, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences supports students in mathematics, science, social science, and other courses with a QR emphasis. The QR Center provides programming for student development of quantitative literacy and applications of mathematics and math-based skills to real-life situations. Currently, the QR Center provides drop-in tutoring to students in STEM-based courses who need help with math-based skills or content involved in their coursework.


The QR Center seeks to engage students in their QR development by supporting math and related aspects of their learning while at Goucher College. The above figure, depicting QR as the intersection of discipline or real-life based content, critical thinking, and mathematics, was adapted from Susan Elrod, “Quantitative Reasoning: The Next "Across the Curriculum" Movement.” Peer Review, Summer 2014, Vol. 16, No. 3. Similarly, QR Center programming will pull from all three contexts to support student QR development.

Tutoring Hours Fall 2017

Drop-in QR tutors are available 10:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Thursday with the exception of Mondays 12-1 pm, Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm, and the Common Hour. 

For a detailed schedule, including the tutor and their major during a given tutoring time, please see the Meet the QR Tutors webpage.

Location: Athenaeum Learning Commons

Tutoring Dates Fall 2017

Tutoring will run Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, December 8.

We will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Fall Break, Thursday, October 12
  • Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22 & Thursday, November 23

Preparing for Tutoring

QR Center Peer Tutoring can be used to develop math learning strategies, core skills, and mindset in order to learn more successfully in your math-related courses. If you find any core math-related material challenging in your courses, please seek out support from our drop-in tutors. While QR peer tutors do not do homework or help with class-specific content, they will be able to help students better understand mathematics in these classes. Student tutors may assist with basic quantitative skills, such as arithmetic, algebra, graphing, data management and visualization, and writing about numbers. Typical situations for QR Center tutoring include:

  • A student in calculus is having issues with integration techniques but realizes they actually need help with their knowledge of the trigonometric functions, specifically on how they relate to each other through identities such as the Pythagorean identities, and the double or half angle identities. A student who is unsure of how to manipulate trigonometric functions, or of their definitions in relation to each other and the unit circle would have difficulty applying these techniques to integration and so would benefit greatly from building these skills through the QR center. This student should see a QRC tutor who is a math major or who has completed calculus at Goucher.
  • For students enrolled in science classes, such as chemistry or biology, a QR Center peer tutor can assist with math-related content and skills. For example, if you need assistance with dimensional analysis or unit conversion, a tutor would be able to help review this information and work through problems with you. Similarly, if you want support working through material about growth, decline, or decay in a biology-based course, QR tutors are a great fit!
  • Are you in an economics or other class and struggling with manipulating and solving algebraic expressions (for example, when given two equations with two unknown variables, can you solve for both variables?)? If you are given an equation, can you solve for the inverse of that equation? Do you struggle with graphing equations and solving for the slope, and the x and y intercepts? If so, you would benefit greatly from building these skills through the QR center. You should see a QRC tutor who is an economics major or someone who has a strong command of algebra and pre-calculus at Goucher.

What should I bring to tutoring?

Please come prepared in order to maximize your time at tutoring. Feel free to bring any materials you’d like to discuss. While our tutors will not complete graded assignments with you, they will be sure to help you with similar material, in particular the mathematical concepts, so that you can be more successful on those assignments. Please bring:

  • Your book
  • Additional assigned reading
  • Your class notes
  • Practice problems, homework, and old or practice exams
  • Your questions

Does the QR Center offer private tutoring?

At this time, all QR Center tutoring is drop-in. If you feel that you need additional support that the QR Center tutors cannot provide, please contact the QR Center Director, Dr. Justine Chasmar Stauffer, at QRCenter@goucher.edu.