Need Help with Math?
|The math study hall is staffed by math graduate students who will answer your questions on a walk-in basis. It is open Monday through Friday from 5 - 8 pm in the Math Lounge, Hylan 901. A schedule will be posted on the door. It is a good place to work on homework and get help.|
|CETL Study Groups||Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) resources are available to all students. Students with all kinds of academic records may make use of CETL programs. CETL works with strong students who wish to become better, with students who have not yet tapped into the strategies needed to succeed in college, and everyone in between. They offer extensive study groups and workshop programs, individual study skills counseling, study skills workshops, a study skills course, and disability support. CETL study groups meet weekly and offer a time to get together with other students who are taking your course and to get advice and direction from an older student who did well in this same course. Group meetings are informal and are offered in CETL, in the residence halls, and in some classroom buildings. Please contact the Learning Assistance Center in Lattimore Hall for more information.|
|SUMS Tutors||The Society for Undergraduate Math Students (SUMS) offers one-on-one private tutoring at reasonable rates. SUMS can provide tutors for just about any math class or exam you may be taking: junior high math, high school math, standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, etc.), college algebra, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and many other college math courses. They can be contacted at tutors at math dot rochester dot edu, or by calling (585) 275-9422, or (585) 275-4411. If you are a math major or SUMS member at U of R and are interested in getting tutoring jobs, please send an email to tutors at math dot rochester dot edu for more information.|
|CETL Disability Support||If you have an academic need related to a disability, please contact CETL about disability support. The University of Rochester is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Costs of required auxiliary services are to be borne by the university, not by the student. For more complete information about disabilities, please read the disability handbook which is available on the CETL page. Note: To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with LAS at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent "automatically." Professors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at LAS, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.|
|WebWork Feedback||All WebWork problems have a button for "email instructor." Clicking this button allows you to write a message that is emailed to the instructors and TAs. Someone will get back to you within a day or so (and maybe sooner). You do not have to copy out the problem (the system automatically does this). If WebWork won't accept your answer, then say what that answer is and how you came up with it. It helps us if you give some idea of your thought process. Be aware that email sent shortly before a set is due will almost certainly not get a reply before the set closes.|
If you are having any difficulties, seek help immediately - do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind or failing to understand a concept. Ask an instructor or TA either in class, during office hours, or during an appointment. Email your instructor or TA, or use the WebWork "email instructor" button. Work with your classmates (this is always a good idea). It is essential not to fall behind because each lecture is based on previous work.
Good study habits are important for doing your best. Students who have already taken calculus offer the following advice on how to succeed. Always go to class and take good notes. Read each section in the text before it is covered in class, since you will be lost if you can't follow the instructor. Do the homework the day of the lecture or the next day (don't procrastinate). Do all of the homework thoroughly, write out all of the details, keep it organized, and use it to help you study. Visit LAS and join a study group. If you don't understand something, ask right away. Learn from your mistakes. Go over tests and look at solutions until you know what you did wrong and understand the solution. Figure everything out rather than memorizing. Arrange your schedule so that you have enough time every week to study and do homework. Start studying for exams early. You can't just study the night before and do well. Get plenty of rest the night before an exam. Don't stress out and don't give up.
The math department handbook has useful information on suggestions for first year students, assistance available to first year students, taking exams, course information, and advanced placement.