Resources, Services and Tips

Resources

  • There are many Math Review Videos and websites to help you refresh past knowledge.
  • Explore the College Learning Skills for helpful study skills and other useful information.
  • Look up the SLCC study skills videos.

Services

  • There is walk in tutoring at each STEM Learning Resources Center, the Center in the Markosian Library is especially focused for MATH 0900 to 0980 and MATH 1030/1010/1040.
  • There are several review workshops available for MATH 0980, and many other math courses, to help study for your upcoming Exam(s).
  • Tutors from the STEM Learning Resources will be visiting your class to hand out informational material and to talk about the Services available in our STEM Learning Resources.

Tips

  • Read and understand your course syllabus. Know deadline dates (last day to drop and other important college dates.) Also know the tentative dates for each in class exam and the date of the final exam.
  • Keep up with the material. The new material in math courses usually build on previous sections, so falling behind will put you at a disadvantage.
  • Be sure to read the section prior to coming to class. You may have to read the section more than once. Try to work some of the problems before they are covered in class.
  • Attend class every day and be sure to take complete notes. Do not expect tutoring or the Learning Center to be a substitute for attending class.
  • Ask questions in class! There are usually other students wanting to know the answers to the same questions.
  • Math is learned by doing! Work as many of the homework problems as possible. The problems assigned will usually help you with the formulas and techniques needed on the exams. It is also a good way to improve your problem-solving abilities. If you think you've worked enough problems to understand a concept, work one or two more just to be sure.
  • Use the reviews provided in your Canvas course to help you prepare for tests, quizzes and exams. Find reviews online in Canvas, there is one for each module. In addition your instructor will provide you with Objective Reviews to help you prepare for the exams and the final.
  • Attend the instructor's office hours. If the instructor doesn't have any office hours, try to get help before or after class. If not possible, use email as a way of communicating with the instructor. Let the instructor know you are sending email if you haven't received any replies.
  • Participate in as many workshops, study and tutoring sessions as possible. Attend the Math Study Skills Workshops. Find all workshops on the workshop calendar.
  • When you are stuck on a concept, know how to get help and what resources are available.

Tips to help you avoid making common mistakes on the final exam

  • Work each multiple choice problem before looking at the answer options. Be careful to select the option that matches your answer.
  • Work on all of the problems on the test and show all of your work on the open response questions.
  • Memorize the slope formula, point-slope formula and the slope-intercept form of an equation.
  • Pay close attention as to whether a line should be solid or dashed when drawing your lines for linear inequalities.
  • Be sure to remember the shading when graphing linear inequalities.
  • Pay close attention to the negative signs in problems.
  • Be sure to multiply all terms by the lowest common denominator (LCD) when clearing the fractions in an equation.
  • If the problem asks you to solve, graph, and give interval notation; be sure to solve it and graph it and give interval notation. Sometimes students forget to do the interval notation.
  • When asked to solve a system by substitution, be sure to use the substitution method.
  • When asked to solve a system by elimination, be sure to use the elimination method.
  • Please remember the answer to a system is usually an ordered pair. Sometimes students solve for one variable and then forget to solve for the second variable in the ordered pair.