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We wish you well on your exams. We hope the workshops have helped you develop more effective ways to learn Mathematics.

Survey results summary

This course will need your attention early and often. Experience has shown that the workshops are enjoyed by students and they benefit from the learning experience. The workshops are not a replacement for homework but will hopefully equip you with the tools to study more effectively. Attendance/particpation in the workshops will count 10% of your term grade (5% of your final grade).

Activities in workshops.

During the workshops the students will be

1. actively thinking about and solving problems involving calculus

2. practicing doing calculations

3. interacting with peers to solve problems involving Mathematics

4. receiving feedback to help them identify and work on correcting possible weaknesses

Learning Goals for workshops.

From the activities in the workshops students will be able to:

1. after reading a problem, be able to correctly state in their own words what the problem is asking and what information is given that is needed in order to solve the problem.

2. after restating the problem, be able to identify which mathematical techniques and concepts are needed to find the solution.

3. be able to apply those techniques and concepts and correctly perform the necessary algebraic steps to obtain a solution.

The workshops should help you to judge in advance what is a suitable solution method. And after solving a problem, you should be more able to judge if the solution makes sense. Make the most of this experience. We have identified that the activity of students working on problems, asking questions of themselves as they go forward, working with others, carefully writing solutions are all very useful activities especially when assisted by our able TA's.

The workshops are organized as 1.5 hour sessions with 25-30 students and two TA's. The rooms have blackboards. The students will be organized into groups of about 3 and will work together through a problems sheet. The solutions will be written on the blackboard. The TA's will circulate helping to check finished work or ask questions of you in order to help you progress to a solution. This `facilitated' learning strategy works and students taking workshops saw improvements in their final exam scores (Students with 3 hour lecture and 1.5 hour workshop did about 5% better on the final exam than student with 4 hours lecture). We hope also the students will have developed a variety of learning skills for later courses. The TA's will help you through this process; just arrive on time and be ready to try.

The workshops and the solutions will be posted after the workshops have been completed. This will not always be done for alternative workshops. Given that we have Friday workshops, the solutions may not be posted until the following Monday but I will try to enable the files on Friday. The solutions might be something nice to read while studying for a test although this must be accompanied by working on `new' problems.

Math 104/184 course webpage. Math 104 and 184 course website maintained by Mark MacLean, Instructor-in-charge.