Students finding that they need additional assistance with understanding concepts and solving problems in their math classes will find a variety of helpful resources listed below.
It is highly recommended that students seek out assistance as soon as they find they are having difficulties as the each topic covered builds upon the previous topics learned.
How to Succeed in Math Classes
This helpful handout contains advice (including study skills and dealing with test anxiety) for pre-calculus level math students. Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to see this file.
Download: How to Succeed in Math Classes (PDF)
Faculty Office Hours
Math and Statistics instructors offer regularly scheduled office hours to assist students with learning their course materials. Hours are posted outside of each instructor's office, on the bulletin board on the first floor of the Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Building as well as below.
Peer-led supplemental help sessions are available for certain lower-level math courses. Visit the Supplemental Instruction page to learn more.,
Mathematics Learning Center (aka the Math Help Room)
Located in Room 031 in the basement of Dunbar Library, the Mathematics Learning Center provides free assistance with the following undergraduate math courses: MTH 1280, MTH 1310, MTH 1340, MTH 2240, MTH 2280, and MTH 2300. At the present time, the MLC does not offer assistance with statistics courses or Calculus II or III.
If students find they need more assistance with MTH, MTE or STT courses, Tutoring Services in 032 Dunbar Library will help them find a tutor. Unlike the Mathematics Learning Center, there is a charge for tutoring (though exceptions are possible in certain situations).
Online Math Resources
Helpful sites for reviewing and studying
- West Texas A&M University Virtual Math Lab - start with Beginning Algebra and work through to College Algebra if reviewing for the math placement test. Registration is not required.
- ACT Compass® Mathematics Placement
- ACT Compass® Sample Test Questions - specifically look at "Numerical Skills/Pre-Algebra & Algebra" and "College Algebra, Geometry, & Trigonometry"
- Test Prep Review
- math.com - The World of Math Online
- QuickMath Automatic Math Solutions
- S.O.S. Mathematics
Assistance with Graphing Calculators
Students may rent a graphing calulator for the semester from the Math Help Center in 031 Dunbar Library on a first come-first served basis. The rental fee is $20.00 for a semester.
Students are generally expected to know the basics of how to use their calculator before attending college math and statistics classes. Specific usages particular to an in-class topic may be covered by the instructor. The links below are provided as helpful resources only.
NOTE: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics does not recommend or endorse any specific brand or model of calculator.
- TI-82/TI-83 Graphing Calulator
- Finding Your Way Around the TI-83+/84+ Graphing Calculator
- Using the TI-86 Graphing Caluculator
- Mastering the HP 39gs/HP 40gs Graphing Calculator
- HP 50g Graphing Calculator Usage Guides for Educators & Students
- Using a TI-84 Graphing Calculator for Statistics
- Casio fx-9860G Graphing Calculator
- List of YouTube Videos About Using a Graphing Calculator
Students requiring further instruction in the use of their calculator should seek help from their instructor outside of class time.
NOTE: Use of Symbolic/CAS capable calculators (e.g., TI-89, TI-Nspire CAS, Ti-92, etc) are not permitted during Common Math Final Exams. Students should check with their instructor to see if calculators of this type are allowed for other tests or class work.