Math Help

First of all, find some study buddies. It helps to discuss with others, compare answers or approaches, or just have another person who is also confused so that you can go together to ask the TA or professor. Make the most of the tutorials and office hours.

For your TA's, it is very helpful to get emails of the questions that you had trouble with ahead of time. This allows them to prepare well, and focus specifically on the areas that give you difficulty. For MAT135, you can just email them the problem numbers (e.g. "Could you please take up 3.4, #23?") about a day before tutorial, and they will try to cover those questions first.

Math aid centres

You can drop into the math aid centres to get free math help during the fall and winter terms. Some TA's are assigned to help with specific courses, but many (especially at the colleges) help with general questions. Here is the math aid centre official LINK.

Some points to keep in mind:

  • Ask the TA if they are able to help you. They may or may not know the topic, or may be assigned to a specific course. If they are helping someone else, ask them if they can help you when they are done, and how long it might take. This way you will not wait needlessly.
  • Bring your book, notes, etc.
  • Ask specific questions. (Good: Could you please explain this example? TA repellent, most of the time: I didn't understand the last three chapters.)
  • You may have to give priority to other students.

Private tutoring

A list of graduate and upper-year students offering private tutoring can be found at the main math office, at BA6290 (6th floor of the Bahen centre). If there are no sheets left, you can ask the person at the front desk for one. Someone who is a TA for the course you are taking (even if they are not teaching the section you are in) is not allowed to offer paid private tutoring because of conflict of interest.