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Undergraduate Program

Getting Math Help

There are a variety of resources available for students who need help in math.

Math Study Hall

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 p.m. in Hylan 1104. A schedule will be posted on the door.

Tutoring

CETL Study Groups and Tutoring

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers a range of resources available to all students:

  • Extensive study groups and workshop programs
  • Individual tutoring
  • Study skills counseling
  • Disability support

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.

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.

More information can be found on their website or by stopping by CETL in 1-154 Dewey Hall, or by calling 275-9049.

S.U.M.S. Tutors

The Society for Undergraduate Math Students (S.U.M.S.) offers one-on-one private tutoring at reasonable rates.

S.U.M.S. 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@math.rochester.edu, or by calling (585) 275-9422, or (585) 275-4411.

If you are a math major or S.U.M.S. member and are interested in getting tutoring jobs, please send an email to tutors@math.rochester.edu for more information.

General Advice for Students Needing Math Help 

Students who are having difficulties should seek help immediately because each lecture is based on previous work. Students are encouraged toattend their instructor's or TA's office hours. Working with classmates can also be helpful. 

Advice from other students:

  • 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
  • Do all of the homework thoroughly, write out all of the details, keep it organized, and use it to help you study
  • Visit CETL and join a study group
  • If you don't understand something, ask right away
  • 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
  • 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.