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Math Help

An Advisor's Top Three Suggestions

  1. Don't take a math course unless you have tested into it or have successfully passed its prerequisite course (with a grade of 2.0 or better).
  2. Math is not a "spectator" course. You have to be actively involved through regular class attendance, asking questions in class, and always completing the homework assignments.
  3. Get help as soon as you need it. New material builds on previously learned concepts, so anything you don't understand now will just make future material even more difficult to understand.

Help on Campus

Tutoring for math courses is provided in the Math Learning Center (MLC).

The MLC is located on the first floor of the A-Wing of Wells Hall and in the three Neighborhood Centers. Students can find the appropriate room for their particular math class by going to the information booth in the lobby.

The Learning Resources Center (LRC) has daytime and evening tutoring for most lower division math courses. LRC also organizes math study groups and provides one-on-one assistance to students seeking help with understanding mathematical concepts. They have also made available links to online mathematic resources, tutorials, graphing tools and more.

The Multicultural Business Program of the Eli Broad College of Business, the Drew Academic Coaching program and the Engineering Guided Learning Center also offer free tutoring for targeted populations.

Don't overlook your instructor as your first source of assistance if you don't understand what's going on in class; either for a particular concept, topic or just generally feeling "lost". Another helpful strategy is to form a study group with one or several students in your class who are serious about studying math and have some competency in the subject.

Help on the Web

SOS Mathematics

This is an excellent website that provides definitions, formulae, and practice problems. It offers assistance in Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, and Matrix Algebra plus giving you the opportunity to practice your math skills through CyberExams.

Success in Math

This is a good website from the Math Department at St. Louis University. It has a particularly good section on "Taking a Math Test".

How to Study and Write for Math

This website from "How to Study" provides information that will help you develop reading strategies for math textbooks, studying and test-taking tips and ways to improve math study skills. 

How to Study Math and Science

This University of Texas website has good coverage of note-taking for a math course, reading a math text and problem-solving.

Problem Guided Reading in Math

This is a downloadable pdf file created by Utah State University that introduces a method for reading math texts and solving problems at the same time. If you have a difficult time reading your math chapters, you might want to try this approach.

Scientific Calculator

Misplaced your calculator or the battery is low? Use this on-line calculator courtesy of the Flow Simulation Ltd.