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## I am starting off in a math course and took the subject in high school/college, but I don’t feel that comfortable and would like to review before taking it. What do you suggest?

There are many different avenues to review before the semester begins or the first few weeks of the semester. The Math Learning Center offers review videos in the Math Learning Center Canvas page. You can self-enroll by click this link. Then navigate to **Boosters to Start your Course.**

Another way to review is to look at what Khan Academy has to offer. They have many videos that explain topics ranging from pre-calculus, calculus, multivariate calculus, and differential equations. You can look over the descriptions of the topics and only review the ones you struggle with.

## I am taking a course with a prerequisite course that I recently took. What are some recommended ways to review the prerequisite course material?

As you are starting a new course, you should always look over the work you did in your prerequisite course. When you are looking over your notes, make sure to go over some of the problems also. If you just took the course and did well, a quick review is usually all you need. If you need a more extensive review, you can look at the review videos in the Math Learning Center Canvas Page or see what Khan Academy has to offer. Last, you should also check with your instructor or TA to see if they can offer any advice.

## Do you have any study tips for my math class?

The best advice for studying is to be honest with yourself about what you know and what you are struggling with. If you are getting a hint on most of the problems you are working on, you might be struggling. If you are struggling, reach out for help. You can contact your instructor or TA during office hours, get homework help from the drop-in Labs in the Math Learning Center, or get small group tutoring also available in the Math Learning Center. Additionally, there are many tutoring resources across campus.

The Math Learning Center Canvas Page also offers a study skills workshop. Here you can go through a self-directed study about different aspects of study skills. You can pick and choose what topics are most helpful to you. The workshop offers you the ability to submit work for feedback to determine if you are on the right track.

Last, there are some good books that might help you with study skill specific for Math. We recommend *Winning at Math* by Dr. Paul Nolting.

## What resources are available to get help in my math class?

There are many resources available in the math department and across campus. First, you should go to your instructors/TAs office hours. The office hours are available for you to get help.

Some courses numbered 300 and above have course assistants. The course assistants offer extra office hours if you are not able to make the office hours of your instructor. Check your course Canvas page or with your instructor to find out if you have a course assistant for your course.

Second, the Math Learning Center offers drop-in homework help in the Pre-Calculus Lab and the Calculus Lab. You are able to use this space to get help on homework, or just do your homework. You can join with a group of people and work together, or by yourself. The MLC also offers small group tutoring. The small group tutoring offers supplemental problems to work on so you have a better understanding of the material. You are able to ask questions as you are working through problems. If you are in a course numbers 300 or above, the MLC offers the Proof Table. This is a place where students can get together and work on problems. There is someone there to help if you get stuck.

Last, there are many resources across campus. Please look at the Academic Support website for what is offered.

## I see the Math Department offers free tutoring and has a list of paid tutors, what are the differences in qualifications?

The Math Learning Center offers small-group tutoring that is staffed by Faculty Associates in the Math Department or Math TAs, the drop-in labs are staffed by Math TAs or undergraduate math majors, and the peer tutoring is staffed by students that took the course previously and received a recommendation from their instructor or undergraduate math majors.

The paid tutors are Math TAs and community members that have an interest in helping students with mathematics.

## Preparing for Your Precalculus or Calculus Course

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## I completed my MATH 96, 112, 113, 114, 221, 222, or 234 course and am planning on moving ahead to a subsequent math course, but would like more preparation. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to prepare for the subsequent one if you feel that you struggled in the prerequisite course.
- You may consider taking advantage of the Winter Boot Camp for preparation and review of relevant precalculus or calculus concepts.
- You may consider taking advantage of Math Learning Center (MLC) resources to get help and support in whichever math course you decide to enroll in.

## I did not pass my MATH 96, 112, 113, 114, 221, 222, or 234 course and plan to retake the course, but would like more preparation before doing so. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to the one you earned an F in.
- You may consider taking advantage of the Winter Boot Camp for preparation and review of relevant precalculus or calculus concepts.
- You may consider taking advantage of Math Learning Center (MLC) resources to get help and support in whichever math course you decide to enroll in.

## I completed my MATH 171 course and am planning on moving ahead to a subsequent math course, but would like more preparation. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to prepare for the subsequent one if you feel that you struggled in the prerequisite course.
- Note that MATH 171 is only offered in the fall, so if you wish to take a different math course before moving forward and have questions, please reach out to placement@math.wisc.edu to discuss options. More info on precalculus/MATH 221 vs. MATH 171/217 sequencing can be found here.)

- You may consider taking advantage of Math Learning Center (MLC) resources to get help and support in whichever math course you decide to enroll in.

## I did not pass my MATH 171 course and plan to retake the course, but would like more preparation before doing so. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to the one you earned an F in.
- Note that MATH 171 is only offered in the fall, so if you wish to take a different math course before moving forward and have questions, please reach out to placement@math.wisc.edu to discuss options. More info on precalculus/MATH 221 vs. MATH 171/217 sequencing can be found here.)

## I completed my MATH 211 course and am planning on moving ahead to a subsequent math course, but would like more preparation. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to prepare for the subsequent one if you feel that you struggled in the prerequisite course.

## I did not pass my MATH 211 course and plan to retake the course, but would like more preparation before doing so. What can I do to prepare?

- You may consider retaking the prerequisite math course to the one you earned an F in.