MATH Matters

MATH Matters is a specially designed math refresher course for first-year students entering degree programs at Carleton with a math component. Having a strong base of mathematics knowledge and knowing study techniques to approach the subject material are essential in first-year university math. MATH Matters ensures that students have the building blocks they need to participate and succeed in math-intensive university programs. MATH Matters is coordinated by the Science Student Success Centre in the Faculty of Science.

All incoming 1st year undergraduate students with a math component to their program will be automatically be enrolled on cuLearn for access to free, pre-recorded lectures and knowledge evaluation tests that cover math fundamentals.

Students who are looking for additional support can choose to sign up for the week-long, interactive math refresher course. In addition to pre-recorded lectures and knowledge evaluation tests, you will also have access to an e-textbook, live sessions with an upper-year student, access to small virtual classrooms to interact with peers, and a designated Study Group Leader. This course runs from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28, 2020 and costs $250 including HST.

Benefits include:

  • Gaining access to a small class virtually and interacting with your peers
  • Having a chance to get to know other students in your program and build important friendships before classes even start
  • Learn more personalized strategies on how to succeed in University level Math since the Study Group Leader will tailor their sessions to your needs
  • Access to full live sessions that will include taking up questions each day to keep you up from getting behind in the material
  • Learn first-hand from students in your Faculty what resources Carleton has to offer and how to succeed during your first year of University
  • And much more!

Dates and Fees

The live content for the week-long program will be from August 24th- August 28th. Registration for MATH Matters will open with the time tickets in late June 2020. The fee for Math Matters is $250 including HST.

Is MATH Matters for you?

Are you starting university this fall and would like to deepen your foundation in mathematics to the academic year? MATH Matters gives the opportunity for students to start the school year on the right foot, preparing them for their first year of Math classes. Students will get a chance to interact with one another, a university Math Professor and with their Study Group Leader in a dynamic environment. The small class sizes are designed to give students the optimal math training throughout the week.

Over the course of the week, you will have the opportunity to revisit and review key math concepts related to your field, learn from a university math instructor, get tips and strategies for success on studying math in university, and meet new people. MATH Matters covers and reviews topics like:

  • Algebra (basic algebra, intervals, and simplifying algebraic expressions);
  • Equations (solving equations and inequalities, special formulas);
  • Graphs;
  • Transcendental functions; and
  • Trigonometry.

We suggest that you register for MATH Matters if your high school calculus or advanced functions grade is below 80 percent or if high school calculus or advanced functions was recommended for admissions into your program but you did not take that course.

Throughout MATH Matters, lectures and tutorials are divided by faculty, giving students the opportunity to review material relevant to their degree program, learn about resources available to their specific faculty, and meet study partners for the fall semester. Students are taught by some of the best instructors who teach university math courses in their faculty and also participate in study groups with no more than thirty students after each lecture. Each study group is led by a high-achieving Carleton student from that particular faculty. Study group leaders are hand-picked from each faculty for their strength in math, ability to explain difficult math concepts, proven experience tutoring and facilitating small groups, and passion for helping other students succeed.

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Interested in the rest of the Matters Series? Check out COMP Matters and CHEM Matters also offered August 2020.