What is UNO's Math Lab?
The UNO Math Lab is the center for instruction of MATH 1000, Pre-Intermediate Algebra; MATH 1310, Intermediate Algebra; MATH 1320, College Algebra; MATH 1330, Trigonometry; and MATH 1930, Calculus for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences to students of all majors. The Math Lab combines cutting edge technology with weekly lectures and unlimited one-on-one tutoring to help students learn mathematics. Students succeed in the Math Lab by carefully following the Math Lab program on their daily schedules and by actively participating in the "doing" of mathematics.
Why does UNO use Math Lab instead of traditional courses?
If you were to observe the group dynamic of a traditional math classroom, it would be very apparent that there exists as many “unique” learning styles as there are unique students in that classroom. From the day dreaming student to the ill-prepared and bewildered one, success is only achieved by actively becoming involved in their own learning of mathematics. The UNO Math Lab allows students to individualize their learning by accessing and completing their work on-line on a virtual desktop terminal, viewing videos and examples, working in course notebooks, and taking multiple retakes of quizzes and exams.
How are Math Lab courses taught?
Students are required to attend a 75 minute lecture once a week for MATH 1310 and 1320 and spend a minimum of three flexible hours each week in the UNO Math Lab using the MyMathLab software. MATH 1330 and 1930 will attend class twice a week for 50 minutes and spend a minimum of two flexible hours each week in the UNO Math Lab using the MyMathLab software. For MATH 1000 lab time is built into the course. During the weekly lecture a trained instructor will guide students through the work that will be done each week, including important concepts, especially difficult problems, study strategies and in-class quizzes. Course coordinators have created all homework assignments, quizzes and tests in MyMathLab, and students can work on them in the lab or anywhere that has an internet connection.
What are the many ways for a student to receive help?
How are students tested?
- 10%: Participation (5% for classroom participation, 5% for lab's participation)
- 10%: Homework (2 lowest scores will be dropped)
- 10%: Quizzes (2 lowest scores will be dropped)
- 45%: Tests (4 unit tests)
- 25%: Final exam (cumulative)
How can I manage my time in a Math Lab course?
What does it take to make the grade?
- Attending their registered class every week.
- Filling out their course notes.
- Attending the Lab at least 180 minutes each week.
- Completing every quiz until 100% is achieved, up to 10 tries.
- Taking each quiz at least five times even if a 100% is achieved the first time.
- Completing each unit test twice for MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, and 1930. MATH 1000 takes each unit test once. All classes take the required cumulative final exam only once.
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