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Pi Shoppe (Math Tutoring)

Pi Shoppe (LACC’s Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Center) opened officially in the fall of 1998. At that time, there were only six tutors and 100 students. Because of its value to students, it has grown to 15 tutors helping over 700 students, and is still growing. Many students consider the Pi Shoppe crucial to their learning of mathematics, and the student success rates speak very highly for it: 85% of those who use the Pi Shoppe pass their math classes, compared with a pass rate of 76% for those who take Math classes but don’t use the Pi Shoppe. Our tutoring center helps students learn how to succeed in mathematics, provides tutoring for all math levels, and helps students develop the study skills that make learning math easier and more enjoyable.

Pi Shoppe is a state of-the-art Mathematics Tutoring Lab that has been recognized by the State Academic Senate with an honorable mention in its competition for the “Exemplary Program Award.”

Our Goals

  1. Increase retention, success, and enrollment rates.
  2. Help students improve performance and grades in the Math classes they are taking.
  3. Help students understand concepts needed to solve Math homework and assignments.
  4. Provide different ways of learning Math concepts to increase the degree of student understanding.
  5. Provide a friendly and helpful environment conducive to student learning.
  6. Help students overcome math anxiety.
  7. Provide math skills for competency in the technical workplace.

Location & Hours of Operation

The Pi Shoppe is in Franklin Hall, room FH 104. Hours of operation:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10am - 5:30pm
  • Friday - Sunday: Closed

How to Enroll

The Pi Shoppe is a one-unit course, and students enroll through the standard registration process:

  • By Phone - use STEP (Student Telephone Enrollment Program).
  • In Person - at the Welcome Center during in-person Registration.
  • Online - use the SIS system
  • Open Entry - you can join us any time during the semester; come to the Pi Shoppe for a permission code.

Tutoring Opportunities

If you want to become a tutor, you can apply for a Student Tutor position. Qualifications to be hired as a tutor include a satisfactory completion of Math 200 level courses and a successful interview. Students working as Pi Shoppe tutors receive excellent experience in teaching and communicating skills. Applications are available in FH 103.

Contact Us

Robert Mardirosian
Project Director
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2817

Sofya Mednik
Project Assistant
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2810

Kian Kaviani
Department Chair
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2810

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911