ContactMAX (Macalester Academic Excellence) Center
Kagin Commons, First Floor 651-696-6121
The MAX Center partners with faculty to support students in their academic success and life-long learning. Professional staff in the department offer individual academic support for students, teach courses, and facilitate education programs for the peer tutors hired to work in math, science, and writing.
Below is information about common, collaborative activities among MAX Center staff and faculty. If you have other questions or ideas, please connect with us! For contact information, visit MAX Center–Staff.
Request a visit for your class with the MAX Center
We would be happy to visit your classroom or host your class in our space in Kagin Commons, and speak with your students about our services and programs. To request a visit, please complete this Google form. A staff member will then follow-up with you to confirm.
Include information about the MAX Center in your syllabus
Instruction and Support
Writing Support in the MAX Center offers free, individualized, and collaborative support for writers and their texts throughout the writing process. Assistance is available in-person on the 1st floor of Kagin Commons and via Zoom. Peer writing tutors are generally available 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Writing Support Coordinators Alyssa Lawrence and Jake Mohan are available during daytime hours. Alyssa also offers support with study skills, such as organizing your time and developing effective reading and note-taking strategies. Visit WC Online at macalester.mywconline.com to see availability and schedule an appointment.
Science and Quantitative Support
Science and Quantitative Support in the MAX Center offers in-person assistance for a variety of courses. The MAX Center is located on the 1st floor of Kagin Commons and open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Drop-ins are welcome, no need to schedule an appointment. Check our course availability calendars to ensure a tutor is working when you want to visit. Appointments can be scheduled during daytime hours with Dave Ehren (math) or Stephanie Alden (science-specific study skills) by emailing them at [email protected] or [email protected].
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is available to assist you in better understanding the course material. The SI program provides peer-facilitated study sessions led by qualified and trained SI leaders who attend classes with students and encourage students to practice and discuss course concepts in sessions. Sessions are open to all students who want to improve their understanding of the material. Attendance at these weekly 2-hour sessions is free and voluntary.
Your SI leader is (insert your class’ SI leader name here). Once the weekly session time is determined, session dates and times will be posted in the classroom and via email messages from your SI leader. You can also contact Stephanie Alden at s[email protected] if you have questions about the SI program.
Recommend a student as a peer tutor
We hire highly talented students who are experts in their majors and writing, and you are our best source of recommendations for potential tutors. If you have a student whom you’d like to recommend as a MAX Center peer tutor, please let us know.