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The Maths Learning Centre's Drop-In Centre

The MLC drop-in centre is a relaxed place where you can come to talk with friendly tutors about learning and using maths for your coursework.

It is available for all students, regardless of the course you are studying. We exist for students studying courses that are part of a University of Adelaide degree/diploma program, especially if you are needing or using maths for the first time.

You don't need an appointment, just drop in! The best thing to do is just sit down somewhere and a staff member will come to you within half an hour. Students can write what course they are doing on blackboards on the tables, so it is a good idea to check the blackboards to see if other students are doing the same course as you before you sit down.

We aim to help you develop...

  • the confidence and skills to learn new maths concepts on your own
  • the confidence and skills to solve new maths problems on your own
  • the confidence and skills to communicate maths clearly on your own
  • the appropriate maths background knowledge for your Uni study.

Normal Opening Hours 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday
during Semester 1 and 2 teaching weeks, swot vacs and exam weeks
No appointments are required at these times for discussion about ordinary coursework.
To be clear: We are open as usual during Week 13, SWOT week and Exams!
Mid-Semester Break Opening Hours

The MLC Drop-In Centre will be CLOSED during the mid-semester break 21st September 2019 to 7th October 2019.

(Note usually we are open in the second week of a break, but due to building works we will need to remain closed.)

Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

  • Will the Maths Learning Centre be able to help me?

    Maths related to an undergraduate course:

    All our staff are skilled at helping students learn and use maths on their own. We can help you find the key concepts you need to know in order to solve a problem, interpret what your course materials say, and identify any gaps in your assumed knowledge. We are particularly experienced in the concepts in first-year level courses, but can still help in the above ways for courses we are unfamiliar with. However, we will help first-year students before later-year students. Finally, we can also provide useful handouts, offer general advice on study skills, or give you fun activities to try if you are bored.

    So the short answer is: "Try us out!"

    Statistics relating to a research project:

    Unfortunately, the MLC does not provide statistical consulting for research students (whether honours, masters or PhD.) It is your supervisor and your school's job to provide appropriate statistical support for your research project. We recommend contacting your honours/postgraduate coordinator to request such support.

    If you are a 3rd Year Med student wanting to talk about your research proposal assignment, then we have a special appointment system for MBBS III students.

  • What resources are available in the Drop-In room?

    We have all of the following resources to help you learn:

    • The recommended textbooks for many of the mathematics and statistics courses taught at the university.
    • Revision worksheets about various assumed knowledge topics, and useful reference sheets.
    • Computers with common mathematics and statistics programs (eg: Excel, SPSS, RStudio, MATLAB).
    • Free (but not necessarily good) tea and coffee.
    • Games and puzzles.
  • What should I bring with me?

    We are not directly involved with your courses, so please bring along anything you can which will help us understand what you are being taught (eg. lecture notes, printed handouts, textbooks).

  • How long can I stay?

    As long as you need to. You may work on your own or with friends, or make some new friends.


Maths Learning Centre
Level 3 East, Hub Central

North Terrace Campus


Telephone: +61 8 8313 5862
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 7034

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