Mathematics students

Math and Stats tutors are located in Murphy 273. 

Come ask questions in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere!  In the Mathematics Learning Center, by working with experienced tutors, staff, and faculty, you will come to better understand the concepts taught in your mathematics class.

The purpose of the Mathematics Learning Center is to provide tutoring to those in math courses at no cost.  This free service provides help to students in MTH 050, 051, all 100 level courses, and MTH 207 and 208.  All students can come to the Learning Center any of the hours listed.  Please note that not all tutors can assist with all math courses.   

The Mathematics Department offers weekly peer review sessions which are typically available for courses with high enrollments, such as MTH 145 & MTH 150. Tutoring begins the second week of class.

Mathematics tutor coordinator

Nathan Warnberg  Profile of Nathan Warnberg

Associate Professor
1031 Cowley Hall
nwarnberg@uwlax.edu
608.785.5217

Specialty areas:

Graph Theory, Ramsey Theory, Combinatorics

Here at the Murphy Learning Center, our tutors are all friendly, qualified individuals. All of our tutors have gotten good grades in the classes they tutor and have been recommended by faculty from their department. In addition to their knowledge our tutors are now taking a class designed to make them effective tutors. Meet our tutors!

Jessica Bandell

Jessica Bandell

About me: Hi! I am Jessica Bandell. I am a mathematics tutor. I have had a passion for mathematics all my life and have been a tutor for the last four years. I love to be outdoors hiking, being on the water, and in the winter, figure skating. I am half to achieving my degree in mathematics education. I plan on becoming a high school or middle school mathematics teacher. One study tip I have for anyone in a math class is to take detailed notes. Have a great day! 

Deanna Bayerl

Deanna Bayerl

Major: Math Education

About Me:  I am from Onalaska, WI and I am hoping to one day teach high school math. I am in the Screaming Eagles Marching Band Color Guard and play various instruments. When I am not working, I spend my time studying, hanging out with my friends and boyfriend, and watching Netflix.  

Study Tips: Try to predict what your professor will put on the test and then make a sort of practice exam to see if you know how to complete all the problems. This way you will see what you can do and what kind of problems you still need to work on. Do not be afraid to ask for help! 

Joe Miller

Joe Miller

Major: Mathematics; Minors: Statistics and Philosophy

About me: I am a sophomore here, and I’m from Lake Elmo, Minnesota (just northeast of St. Paul). I love to be outside and experience nature, especially running, biking, hiking, hammocking, and rock climbing.  And of course, I love math and hope to attend graduate school after graduating here. If I’m not studying, I’ll probably be spending time with friends, watching Netflix, or playing Rocket League. 

Study Tip: I always challenge myself to understand why something happens not just memorizing it. This is especially useful when learning math. If you can understand why something you are taught works, you won't be just memorizing a formula; you will be able to recreate that formula because you understand why it is acceptable. In a way, it’s almost like you’re re-inventing it! 

John Oliver

John Oliver

Major: Statistics

About me: I am in my senior year here at La Crosse. Growing up and being raised in Milwaukee, I’ve been a huge Wisconsin sports fan for my whole life (Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Badgers). Outside of school and studying I love to spend time outside with my friends and family. While inside, I usually spend my time watching Netflix, reading, or just hanging out with my friends.  

Study Tip: Practice makes perfect, just like anything else in life. The more you practice and challenge yourself, the more you will begin to understand it and the easier it will get for you.  

Nathan Rodman

Nathan Rodman

Major: Mathematics; Minor: Business Administration

About me:  I’m originally from Wausau, WI. Most of my free time I spend drawing, working out, or hanging with my friends and girlfriend. I love math and the plan is to attend grad school in the future to become a professor.  

Study Tips: Don’t be afraid to go to your professor’s office hours they should be more than willing to help you out if you have questions. If you don’t want to go to your professors office hours, then I’d say form a study group with some classmates so you can help each other out when you have questions. 

Megan Steffen

Megan Steffen

Major: Math Education; Minor: Spanish
About me: I am a junior from Hartland, Wisconsin. However, I am a die-hard Chicago sports fan. I grew up loving the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls! I am the president of the Women's Lacrosse Club here at UWL, and spend much of my time practicing and training. However, I also love to spend time with friends and family, volunteer, travel, read, watch true-crime documentaries, and pretty much do anything outside!
 
Study Tip: Practice makes perfect! Truly the only way to better understand mathematics topics, or really any subject, is to practice it. I also believe that connecting problems to real-life situations can help.
Amber Proctor

Amber Proctor

Major: Math Education

About Me: I am from Oconto Falls, WI (a small town about 30 minutes from Green Bay). In my free time, I like to just relax or hang out with my friends. I am a very indecisive person who finds joy in very random things, so I am always down to try new experiences, as long as I am in good company.

Study Tips: Making self quizzes and writing out an explanation for each of your steps to the solution is a good way to practice your understanding. The explanations of steps help you remember why you take certain steps instead of just saying “that’s just how it is”. This can help you create connections between what you know and what is new, as well as find connections between a simpler problem and its complex counterpart.

Anna Bowes

Anna Bowes

Major: Math Ed and Spanish

About Me: I am from Red Wing, MN. In my free time, I enjoy baking, listening to music, spending time with friends, traveling, and going for walks. Currently, I am a part of WaMM and the Book Club on campus.

Study Tips: I like to use flashcards to help myself remember important concepts, and from there I try to apply them to examples for a better understanding. I also think that office hours and/or the tutoring center are useful for any questions you have

Claire Vandenhouten

Claire Vandenhouten

Major: Mathematics with Applied Emphasis

About Me: I am from Oshkosh, WI. I am on the Swim and Dive team here at La Crosse, and I love to spend my free time outside. A fun fact about me is that I have a pet parakeet named Finny.

Study Tips: I like to make flashcards with important vocabulary words or math formulas on them. Also, when studying for any math class, I do a ton of practice problems on a whiteboard. If I cannot figure out a problem or if I have a question GO TO OFFICE HOURS! Professors are always willing to help.

Kaylie Podvin

Kaylie Podvin

Major: Math Education

About Me: I grew up in Madison Wisconsin and in my free time I enjoy playing outside and spending time with friends and family. A fun fact about myself is that I am on an intramural badminton team with my roommate where our team name is “The Bad Mittens”.

Study Tips: A study tip I have is to study on your own and then go into office hours with preplanned questions and afterwards study with a group to go over material. I also think it is important to start studying at least a week before an exam because repetition is normally key to being successful.

Kirk Dahlke

Kirk Dahlke

Major: Statistics with Actuarial Focus

About Me: Hello! I am from De Pere, WI and I love spending time doing physical activities like gymnastics, running, and soccer. I am a fan of sports of all sorts and enjoy following the statistics of individual players throughout the seasons of the different sports. On campus I am a senior, and I am involved in the gymnastics club, the math club, the actuarial club, and I helped found the running club.

Study Tips: My study tip is to focus on understanding the process of why a method or formula works rather than simply memorizing it. It can be viable to memorize a formula for an exam, but if you understand why the equation works and how the equation relates to the individual problem it is easier to use the equation correctly.

Maia Walls

Maia Walls

Major: Secondary Mathematics Education

About Me: I am from Farmington MN, which is about 20 minutes south of the cities. In my free time I enjoy going on long drives, going for walks, going to antique stores and being by the water. One of my favorite places to go for an escape is my cabin in Brainerd, MN where my family has jetskis, a pontoon, paddle board, four wheeler, etc..

Study Tips: I personally go over each section that will be on the exam and rewrite any important definitions, theorems, notes, formulas, etc. Then from there I will choose 2-3 spots where I still feel rocky and look in the textbook or on past homework assignments and find 3-5 questions relating to those 2-3 rough spots and try to work the problems out. I then just really go back and look at my notes, do review problems, and sometimes redo all of the homework (this can be excessive).

Mason Faldet

Mason Faldet

Major: Mathematics (minor: Computer Science)

About Me: I’m in my fourth and final year at UWL.  In addition to studying math, I enjoy spending time with friends, cycling, reading, photography, and playing music.

Study Tips: While the topics you study may seem random and unconnected, behind the scenes is a beautiful, network like, structure that is mathematics. So, while working through practice problems try to make connections with topics you’ve studied before, try to generalize your methods from one type of problem to different but related problems, and most importantly ask/log lots of questions.

Megan Steffan

Megan Steffan

Major: Mathematics Education (minor: Spanish)

About Me: I am from Hartland, WI which is just outside of Milwaukee, WI. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, hanging out with friends, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and working with animals. I am also a boxer and spend lots of time training and lifting. Lastly, I am a huge Chicago sports fan, and love to watch my teams. My goal is to be a high school math teacher. I am considering leaving the country to teach at some point, and I would also like to teach at a bilingual school. Eventually, I want to go back to school for my masters and PhD in Math Education to be a college professor.

Study Tips: Practice makes perfect! As much as you are sick of hearing that, it could not be more true. Also, focus on understanding and not memorizing. With understanding, you can solve a multitude of problems.

Sarah Vogel

Sarah Vogel

Major: Mathematics Education

About Me: Hi! I am from St. Francis, MN and in my free time I like spending time outdoors, painting, and spending time with friends and family. One of my favorite things to do is going hiking and running in new places and taking pictures of cool scenery I come across, so I can paint them!

Study Tips: Use whiteboards and remember to take brain breaks! Whiteboards can be very helpful when studying for tests and for making sure your homework stays neat. If you are like me and try to keep your homework looking very clean, I recommend trying the problems on a whiteboard and then writing down your work in your notebook. Also, working on homework is more effective when your brain has a chance to be refreshed by taking breaks every 15 minutes.

Kirk Dahlke

Kirk Dahlke

Major: Statistics with Actuarial Focus Minor: Undeclared

About Me: Hello! I am from De Pere, WI and I love spending time doing physical activities like gymnastics, running, and soccer. I am a fan of sports of all sorts and enjoy following the statistics of individual players throughout the seasons of the different sports. On campus I am a senior, and I am involved in the gymnastics club, the math club, the actuarial club, and I helped found the running club.

Study Tips: My study tip is to focus on understanding the process of why a method or formula works rather than simply memorizing it. It can be viable to memorize a formula for an exam, but if you understand why the equation works and how the equation relates to the individual problem it is easier to use the equation correctly.

Abby Runge

Abby Runge

Major: I have my Bachelor’s in Statistics and now I am working on my Master’s in Applied Statistics.

About Me: Hi! I am from Chippewa Falls, WI, I did my undergrad here at UWL and now I am a graduate student. In my free time I like to spend time outside with friends and family, cook, bake, pet my roommates’ pets, and watch the Packers. Once I graduate, I am hoping to pursue a career in sports statistics.

Study Tips: Go to office hours!!! The best person to explain what your professor meant is your professor. And quiz yourself! Go through practice problems with only the materials you’ll be allowed to have on your quiz or exam, so you know what you actually know and what you have to study.

Elizabeth Jacobsen

Elizabeth Jacobsen

Major: Biology Education

About Me: I am from a small town in Minnesota. I am a junior at UWL and am pursuing a career as a high school biology teacher. I train dogs during the summer and in my free time I like to spend time with my family, sew, hunt, or do anything with my dogs.

Study Tips: Go to office hours and get to know your professor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or scared to make mistakes. You learn best from your own mistakes.

Jill Kittelson

Jill Kittelson

Major: Statistics

About Me: Hello! I am from Forest Lake, Minnesota, and I am a junior at UWL. I am working towards a career in data analytics. On campus I am involved in the math and stats club as well as tennis club. Outside of school I love to travel, hang out with my friends, and learn new things. I am currently learning sign language!

Study Tips: Find a study group! I love to study with other people. It can make you think about different ways to solve problems and you can work together if you’re stuck.