MATH Matters

MATH Matters - August 21st-25th, 2023

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.

Students may sign up for this week-long, interactive math refresher course. In addition to lectures and knowledge evaluation tests, you will also have access to a textbook, study groups with an upper-year student as the Study Group Leader and to interact with peers. This course runs from Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25, 2023 and costs $250 including HST.

Benefits include:

  • Gaining access to a small class 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
  • Ability to attend lectures and study groups 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 program is in person from August 21st- August 25th. Registration for MATH Matters will open with the time tickets in July. 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.

We suggest that you register if one or more of the following applies to you:

  1. You struggled with math prior to coming to Carleton.
  2. High school calculus or advanced functions was recommended for admissions into your program, but you did not take that course.
  3. It has been over a full year since you have taken your last math course.

To get a gauge of your Math skills and if MATH Matters is recommend for you, starting August 1 2023, try the diagnostic test featured in the accompanying MATH4U program. All incoming first years with a math component in their degree will have access to this Brightspace course. Learn more about MATH4U and how to access the diagnostic here.

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
  • Trigonometry

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.

Sign Up Now!

Think you might benefit from extra math help but you would prefer something less structured? Check out MATH4U.

Listen to past MATH Matters Study Group Leader, Erin talk about the program 

Hear a bit about MATH Matters and how it can benefit you from former Study Group leader Erin. Study group leaders, like Erin, are looking forward to seeing you all in August!


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