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Guidelines for Receiving Help in Mathematics

Make the Most of Receiving Help

  • Be proactive. Don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Be familiar with your textbook. Some of your questions are probably already answered by the book. Read it.
  • Be prepared. Come with specific questions on concepts or problems that you have tried. Bring your work so that the math helper can identify what you are doing wrong. You cannot ask for help on problems that you have not even tried—at least write down the given information and make an attempt.
  • Be responsible. Faculty and tutors cannot re-teach classes that you have missed. Borrow someone’s notes and read the section. Then attempt the homework.
  • Be independent. Faculty and tutors will not sit and watch you do your homework. Be sure not to over-rely on the solutions manual. You need to work on your own on quizzes and exams.
  • Be realistic. Mathematics is about spending the time and working to truly understand concepts. No one can make up for the work that a student does not do.
  • Be honest. There are some activities on which you are not allowed to get help. Don’t try to scam the tutors.
  • Be respectful and patient. At times the Math Center and faculty office hours are very busy. You may have to wait your turn. A tutor may need to rotate to help others at a time when you have further questions. Consider asking about times/locations when/where math helpers may be less busy.
  • Be your best. Every activity in a math classroom is important whether it is collected and graded or not. Be sure to learn and understand every concept and to get help whenever you are not confident about your knowledge