The Department of Mathematical Sciences would like every student to succeed in the courses we offer. Many students find the courses to be difficult, however, and need assistance. This is quite natural -- the only thing to remember is that it is important that you, the student, take the initiative to seek help!
Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
As soon as you start to find your math course difficult, turn to one of these resources for help. Be sure to allow yourself adequate time to take advantage of the help --- figure two hours of work on your own for every single hour in class.
A special piece of advice: make sure you know your instructor's name.
Students worldwide seek help with their math courses. You may find useful the advice given at some other schools. Here are a few of the web pages which students have used in the past:
As you can see, there are many resources here to help you, but they will do you no good if you don't take the initiative and use them. Warning: no one has found a miracle drug which makes mathematics instantly clear. If you start to get lost and don't seek help for days and weeks, you will find that it will take many days and weeks to recover -- if you don't seek help until the day before the final exam, you're sunk!
If you do what your teachers do -- work steadily and look for the deep ideas -- you'll find that mathematics is not only not hard but enjoyable. Good luck!
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. -Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
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