Attendance and Participation.
- Come to class every day and be on time.
- Bring your textbook, notebook and calculator to class every
- Sitting in class and listening is usually not enough to be actively
participating. Take notes, copy examples from the board, ask relevant
questions. Remember.... mathematics is not a spectator sport.
- Please be considerate to your classmates and me during class.
I will ask you to leave class if I feel you are distracting others
or me by talking, laughing, or displaying any disruptive or rude
- Class time is reserved for teaching and learning.
- Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions that require
a short response, otherwise feel free to come to my office during
my office hours for help, or
stop by the Math Lab for more intense
- Place the Chapter and Section Number of the assignment
in the upper right-hand corner of each page (i.e. Section
1.1, Section 1.2, etc.). That way, when you staple your work (usually
in the upper left-hand corner) to turn it in, I will be able to
determine the section number of the assignment.
- Doing your homework in class is wasting your tuition dollars.
- Your work should be complete and done neatly. Number each problem
and leave space so you can add a note later if you wish. Circle
or box your final result.
- If you look at one of your assignments a week or two later and
can't remember how you did a particular problem, then you probably
are not showing enough work.
- If you make errors and have difficulty finding them, then you
probably are not showing enough work.
- Your work is a reflection of your effort, so make your work
show that you are trying to be successful.
- Keep a notebook for your class and bring it each day. It should
contain class notes, homework, handouts, old tests and quizzes.
- If your notebook is in good order, it will be a valuable study
guide at test and exam time.
- Preferably, read and study the upcoming sections of the textbook
before they are discussed in class.
- You should read the textbook with a pencil and a highlighter
and mark notes in your book with pencil. Highlight vocabulary,
definitions and important facts, then reviewing for your tests
and exams will be easier.
- Spend at least one hour a week working homework problems and
assignments from previously assigned sections. By constantly reviewing
past material and assignments, you will greatly reduce your overall
effort throughout the term.
- The best time to start the homework is soon after class ends
when the lecture material is fresh in your mind. Waiting until
the last minute to do your homework will allow you to forget more.
In the end, you will have to spend more time learning the material
and doing the assignments if you procrastinate.
- Don't fall behind in your reading or assignments. Catching up
is a lot harder than staying a little ahead!
- Cramming for mathematics tests usually does not work as well
as it does for some other disciplines. The last few days before
a test or exam should be devoted mostly to reviewing previously
learned topics, not reading and learning massive amounts of new
material. Crammed knowledge is usually poorly understood and easily
- Do not look around the room during any quiz, test or exam. Looking
at another persons paper or desk during a test or exam could be
considered cheating and your test/exam could be given a zero grade.