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Mathematics

Introduction

Frequently Asked Questions


What will my class look like?


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In-class time is limited, and out-of-class work is essential.

  • Math classes at the university and community college level are fast and intense. You are expected to hit the ground running and keep running for 15 weeks. This is a big challenge for everyone, but with the right work strategies in place you can succeed.
  • Be prepared to practice and study mathematics outside of class, a lot.  How much depends on you, but to be successful, you must put in the time needed, be it one your own, studying with friends, talking with professors, or getting extra help on or off campus.


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Mathematics classes come in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

  • Class size depends on where you're taking the class. Community college math classes are generally smaller than UW mathematics classes. Also, some classes are entirely online.
  • Technology, teaching styles, and assignments differ. To be successful, you need to adapt to each class setup and expectations.  The best way to do this is to start figuring out how you learn and what strategies work for you.

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Grades

  • Grading in college and university classes is different from grading in high school. Expect fewer retake opportunities, no late work, no make-ups. Exams are given in a variety of formats.
  • Tests are weighted more.
  • Track your grades throughout the semester.


How can I get help in mathematics?

Numerous ways to get help, if you reach out.

  • At Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming, there are lots of ways to get help in mathematics. As in-class time is limited, take advantage of assistance outside of class.
  • All successful students take advantage of the opportunities for extra help on and off campus, be it going to their instructor's office hours or going to the mathematics lab.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to find and utilize extra help.
  • As a college student, you are responsible for your learning. You have to go looking for the assistance, and you'll be rewarded when you do.

Opportunities

Your instructors care about you and your success, so talk to them when you have questions, are struggling, or want advice. It is your responsibility to reach out to your instructors.

Other opportunities for assistance are:

  • Office Hours
  • Study Groups
  • Graduate Assistants (UW)
  • Tutors
  • Math labs
  • Supplemental Instruction (UW)
  • Online Tutoring

Check out what math tutoring opportunities are available at your institution!


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