Frequently Asked Questions
- How many hours do I need to be in the SMART Lab per week?
- Do the SMART Lab hours have to be done in one session?
- How do I check how many hours I have accumulated this week?
- I did hours this morning but when I check the application the time does not show up. So did my hours get counted?
- Why do I need to log in and out at the front desk?
- How do I ask for help from a tutor/TA?
- How quickly will my question be answered?
- Why won’t TA/tutors give me the answer to my problem?
- Can I work with other students in the lab on homework?
- Can I work with other students in the lab on quizzes?
- Can tutors/TAs/Instructors help me with quizzes?
- If I forget my calculator can I borrow one from anywhere?
- What do I need to bring to the test?
- What calculator can I use on my test? In the lab?
- Can I use my cell phone or my laptop while in the lab?
- Can I leave the lab while I am working?
- I can’t bridge to MyLabsPlus from my computer at home. What can I do?
This depends on which course in the SMART Lab you are taking. Please check your syllabus.
No, you can accumulate the required hours over multiple sessions.
There is an application on the desktop that is called “SMART Lab User Data”. Using this application by putting in the date range that you would like to check you can see how many hours you have accumulated over that time range.
I did hours this morning but when I check the application the time does not show up. So did my hours get counted?
The system takes at least 24 hours to update. So if you check the system less than 24 hours after you worked in the lab the time might not show up. After 24 hours if the time still does not show up then please let a your TA or Instructor know. Be sure to sign in and sign out at the front desk as a back-up in case, for whatever reason, your lab hours are accidentally not recorded.
When you sign on to a SMART Lab computer your hours are automatically tracked. However, in the event this system breaks down if you have signed in and out at the front desk then that is the back-up record for your lab attendance grade. Additionally, signing in for tutoring is VERY important as we use this data to justify budget expenditures and the need to hire TAs or tutors to serve students.
When the computer is in SMART Lab mode there is a button on the taskbar that says “Assistance Request.” If you click on this button a window will pop up asking if you need assistance. Click “Request Assistance” and leave the next window open. When a tutor arrives click “Issue Resolved” so that other tutors will know that that request is being answered.
This will depend on how busy the lab is and how many tutors, TAs, and Instructors are available. When you click the “Request Assistance” button your request shows up on an administrative view that the tutors, TAs, and Instructors can see. The time that you clicked the request button also shows up on the administrative view and tutors, TAs, and Instructors are trained to answer the requests in the order that they appear. If the lab is busy there may be a few requests before you. Please be patient as tutors, TAs and Instructors are working hard to answer all requests in a timely manner.
The goal of the TAs/tutors is to help you solve problems on your own. They learn questioning techniques which help students overcome barriers that prevent them from solving math problems. This may involve discussing a similar problem or asking questions about the conceptual understanding needed to solve the problem.
Since students in the lab are encouraged to sit in particular areas based on which course they are taking you will be sitting around people doing the same homework that you are. You are encouraged to work collaboratively with others on your homework.
Quizzes are a time for you to test your own knowledge and prepare for the tests. For these reasons you are not allowed to work with others on quizzes.
Tutors, TAs, and Instructors cannot help you on the mathematical content of the quizzes. If you have a question about what the problem is asking then in certain cases a TA or Instructor can clarify what they question is asking you to find.
The SMART Lab does not lend out calculators. There is a vending machine on the first floor of the library where you can buy a TI-30XA calculator if you need one. You can also purchase one from the bookstore.
You will need your USF ID, a pen or pencil, your TI-30XA, and a blue/green book. The blue/green book can be purchased at the bookstore and you need to bring a blank one for every test including retakes.
You can use a TI-30XA on your tests and in the lab. No other models (including TI-30XS) are permitted. You can purchase one from the machine in the lobby of the library or at the bookstore.
You are permitted to use an iPod or MP3 player to listen to music while in the lab provided you use headphones, do not disturb others and keep the player out of sight and put away. You cannot use a laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while logged into the Smart lab computers.
If you need to leave the lab to make a phone call, use the restroom or get a cup of coffee, just log off your computer before you leave.
If you are using the Safari browser on a Mac, try to switch to another web browser such as Firefox.