UC Davis Mathematics

Help with Calculus

Your classmates are perhaps the least used and arguably your best resource. Try to find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams. An efficient and effective study group will streamline homework and study time, reduce the need for attendance at office hours, and greatly improve your written and spoken communication.

The best time to use your classmates as partners is after you have made an honest effort on your own to solve the problems using your own wits, knowledge, and experience. When you encounter an unsolvable problem, don't give up too soon on it. Being stumped is an opportunity for mathematical growth and insight, even if you never solve the problem on your own. If you seek help prematurely, you will never know if you could have solved a tough problem without outside assistance.

For additional help or information, visit these suggested links:

  • The Calculus Room - During the academic year, this is a gathering place for students in Math 16, 17 and 21 series to study in groups or individually with Teaching Assistants available to answer questions. The Calculus Room is closed during summer.
  • Student Academic Success Center Tutoring - SASC offers drop-in tutoring, calculus workshops, and other helpful resources for students in workload math, MAT 12, the MAT 16, 17, and 21 series, as well as STA 13 and 100.
  • Math Tutors - A list of tutors of mathematics, maintained by the Math department
  • Doing Well in Calculus - Tips on how to improve your understanding in math day to day
  • The Calculus Page - ecalculus.org, a resource for calculus students
  • Galois Group Matlab Tutorial - A tutorial for students just learning Matlab, software used in MAT22AL.

The text above is an excerpt from Professor Duane Kouba's web page on Doing Well in Calculus.