Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add into one of your full classes?
Can I add into one of your full classes?
All of our class capacities are set to the fire code of the classroom, so I can't add students in to a full class. My suggestion is to enroll now in a class that has room for you. You can stay on the waitlist for my class, and hopefully a spot will open up and you can enroll in my class. I can never know the number of students that will drop a class before the semester starts, so it is important that you enroll in a back up.
Tips for Success
Can you give me some tips to succeed in your class?
-Read the syllabus and all course materials thoroughly so you know what to expect and what the class policies are.
-Read the textbook BEFORE class and take some notes. For example, if we are going to cover 6.2 on Tuesday’s lecture, read 6.2 on Monday. You will already know what the class will be discussing, so you will be seeing the material for the second time, which makes it easier to follow the lecture. You may also have some questions from reading the book, and you will have an opportunity to ask them in lecture.
-Attend lecture. Pay attention during lecture and write down everything. Even if you feel you don’t need all of the notes now, you may want them later. Also, just the process of writing stuff down can help you learn it.
-Do all of the homework and write down the problems as you are working on them. It is sometimes easy with online homework to just guess at answers, and not really take the time to write down the process. Part of the learning process is the repetition of writing the steps down over and over again. Treat the homework like a quiz or a test. Try to do the problems without using the help features or notes, because you won’t have those on the test. Make sure to start your homework well before the due date so you have time to get help if needed.
-Study for your quizzes. Your quizzes are a significant portion of your grade. Also, studying and mastering the material in small chunks will help you learn it for the test. When you get your graded quizzes back, make sure you go over any wrong answers and figure out how to do the problem correctly.
-Study for your tests. Start about a week before the exam. Set small goals for each day, for example, review section 1.2 on Monday. Do all of the practice problems. Treat the practice problems like a test. Try to do the problems without using your notes, because you won’t have those on the test. When you get your graded test back, make sure you go over any wrong answers and figure out how to do the problem correctly.
-Utilize recitation. Recitation is FREE tutoring. Come prepared with questions, and make sure that you listen and pay attention to your classmates’ questions, because you may have the same questions later on.
-Utilize available resources on campus: Your student fees cover usage of the Math Center (775-784-4433 or www.unr.edu/mathcenter/), Tutoring Center (775-784-6801 or www.unr.edu/tutoring/), and University Writing Center (775-784-6030 or www.unr.edu/writing_center). These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsibility to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student.
Where and when is my final exam?
Where and when is my final exam?
The information about your final exam will be listed in several places:
1) On MyMathLab on an announcement. Click on View All Announcements on the dashboard to see the full text of all announcements.
2) On MyNevada. Click on My Schedule and your final exam schedule is at the bottom of the page.
3) On our syllabus, which is posted on MyMathLab and also on my website.
Additionally, I may send out an email with the details of the final. If your class uses Powerpoint presentations, the final exam information may also be on the first slide of the last few Powerpoints. The final exam time and location will also be announced at our last few classes.
I don't know all of the "review" material. What should I do? Can you teach it all to me?
It is your responsibility to have mastered the review material that is required for this class. If you are unprepared for this class I highly suggest you spend some time studying your old textbooks and the review section in the appendix of our textbook. Our class will move very fast and assume that you know all prerequisite material.
We now offer "prerequisite model classes" that incorporate review into the class. You may wish to switch to one of these courses. These classes are labeled with an E for "expanded". You can find these courses on MyNevada by searching for 120E or 126E. You will receive the same credit for this class as with regular 120 or 126.
Temporary Access To MyMathLab
I don't have money to buy the textbook/access to MyMathLab right now. What should I do?
You can use FREE temporary access to MyMathLab. Do the student registration as normal, and on the page where you're asked for the Access Code or Credit Card information scroll to the bottom. You'll see an option for temporary access. The access only lasts for a few days, so you'll need to remember to pay within the time frame given. You will receive an email from MyMathLab with information on how to upgrade from free temporary access to full access. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully, otherwise your work completed under during the temporary access might not be saved in your gradebook.
Missing Class for Bad Weather
It's snowing. Do I still have to go to class or recitation?
In most cases, yes. Occasionally when there is extreme weather, class may be cancelled or delayed. The university will decide whether or not it is safe to drive to classes. If there are any cancellations or late starts due to snow, the announcement will be on www.unr.edu. As part of the university's emergency preparedness planning, you can receive emergency text and email message alerts. Go to www.unr.edu/alerts to sign up.
Need Help with the Coursework
I need help with homework or studying for a test. Where can I get tutoring on campus?
Your student fees cover usage of the UNR Math Center, the UNR Tutoring Center, and the UNR Writing Center. These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsiblity to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student. If you would like a private tutor you can contact the math department at email@example.com for a list of the qualified private tutors. You are also encouraged to form study groups with your classmates.
Missing a Class
I missed a class or am going to miss a class. Can you give me the notes? Can I make an appointment with you to go over what I missed or what I will miss?
I do not give out my lecture notes to students. Due to the size of the class, I won't be able to teach any missed lectures in a one-on-one setting. The schedule on our syllabus shows the sections we'll cover each day. You should get the notes from a classmate, read the textbook, watch the multimedia videos online, and attempt the homework to figure out what exactly you need help on. For classes with TAs- Please use recitation as your first resource for help and come prepared with questions. Your student fees cover usage of the UNR Math Center, the UNR Tutoring Center, and the UNR Writing Center. These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsiblity to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student. If you would like a private tutor you can contact the math department at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of the qualified private tutors. You are also encouraged to form study groups with your classmates. If you have questions after attending recitation, visiting the math center, and reviewing class notes, we can make an appointment to meet. I do not give out my lecture notes to students; it is your responsibility to get them from a classmate.
How to Get a _____ Overall Grade After the Final
What grade do I need to get on my final exam to get a ______ in the class overall?
This is a great opportunity for you to practice the math you have learned in this class. This equation solves for your total grade:
Overall Grade = (% of final grade for all other sections of course summed) * (grade before final) + (% of final grade for final exam) * (final grade)
Simply plug in the grade you want as your overall grade, the percentage that all other sections of the course add up to, your current grade before the final, and the percentage of your final grade which the final is responsible for. Then you solve for your final grade. You can find these percentages in the course syllabus. For example, if you currently have an 88 overall and the final is worth 20% of your grade (that means the remainder of the course is worth 80%) and you want a 90 overall, then you would solve the following equation for x:
90 = (0.8) * (88) + (0.2) * x
Or you can simply use a grade calculator (like this one) to do the math for you.
What can I do for extra credit?
There will not be any extra credit offered in our class. I may drop some low assignment scores, please see our class syllabus for details.
Obtaining a Progress Report
I need a mid-semester progress report for my fraternity, sorority, club, or other university program. Can you fill one out for me?
You can print your own progress report from MyMathLab and staple it to your organization's form. Login to MyMathLab and click GRADEBOOK > SHOW OVERALL GRADE and print a screenshot of this page to give to your organization. Your progress report may ask for a signature, but I have never had an organization reject the screenshot without a signature.
Wrong Grade Recorded on MyMathLab
There was an error on MyMathLab and it doesn't show the correct score for a quiz or test. What should I do?
Math 126/127: Please bring the quiz or test to your TA and they will correct your grade in the gradebook. If you no longer have the quiz or test, then the grade in the gradebook will stand as is.
Math 120: Please bring the quiz or test to me and I will correct your grade in the gradebook. If you no longer have the quiz or test, then the grade in the gradebook will stand as is.
I think I deserve more points on a particular quiz/test problem. Can I ask you about this?
Quizzes are graded by your TAs. You may ask them to review your quiz, but please keep in mind that most quizzes do not have partial credit. If you have an issue with an exam, please come see me or your TA within one week and we will review your exam.
What is my overall grade in the course so far?
Login to MyMathLab and then click GRADEBOOK > SHOW OVERALL GRADE.
Missing a Recitation
I missed/will miss recitation because I was sick, had to go to my sister's wedding, had to attend my grandma's funeral (or some other convincing reason). Can I make up the points/take my quiz early or late?
No. There will be no make ups allowed or early/late quizzes given, even if you have a documented medical emergency. Keep in mind that each recitation is worth about one percent of your overall grade. I may drop some low assignment scores, please see our class syllabus for details.
Attending a Different Recitation
Can I go to a different recitation section than the one I am enrolled in?
Most recitation sections are full to fire capacity, so you'll need to go to the recitation section that you are scheduled for in MyNevada. If you have a one-time need to go to a different section, you may check with your TA to see if there is room for you in a different class.
Rescheduling a Test for Medical Emergencies
I missed a test due to a documented medical emergency. Can I make the test up?
Yes, but only if you have a true documented medical emergency. You should contact your TA and instructor on the day of the missed exam to let them know you will miss or have missed the exam. You must bring in a note from a doctor or hospital at the time of the re-test, otherwise you will not be allowed to make it up.
Out of Town for a Test
I'm going to be out of town for a test, can I take it early or late?
No. Alternate testing times will only be granted in the case of a documented medical emergency. You have been given all of the exam dates on the syllabus at the beginning of the semester, which means you have plenty of time to reschedule your plans around the testing schedule.
***If you are participating in official school activities (athletics trip, club outing, 4H conference, etc) that will interfere with a test, you will be allowed to take the exam at an alternate time. You must make arrangements with me two weeks prior to the test that will be missed and bring me an official letter stating the dates you will be traveling.
I missed a homework assignment. Can I have more time to make it up?
You may work on late homework until midnight of the day before the next test. There is a 50% penalty on any questions done after the original due date.
I'm having technical difficulties with MyMathLab. Who can I call for help?
You can reach MyMathLab technical support at +1 (800) 677-6337.
Previous MyMathLab Accounts
I already have a MyMathLab account. Do I have to pay again?
MyMathLab access codes are unique to the textbook and are only good for 1 year. If you are retaking the same class within a year, you don't need to pay again. If it is a different class or it has been more than a year since you last took the class, you will have to pay again. NOTE: Math 126 and Math 127 use the same textbook, so if you are taking both of those classes in the same calendar year, you DON'T have to pay again!
Help Registering for MyMathLab
I need help registering for MyMathLab. Where can I get help?
You can reach MyMathLab technical support at +1 (800) 677-6337. You can also stop by the UNR Math Center on campus and have a tutor help you.
Textbook vs Online
Do I have to buy a textbook or can I just purchase online access?
You have two options:
- You can buy the textbook from the ASUN Bookstore. This comes with an access code to give you access to MyMathLab and the online textbook.
- You can buy only the online access on MyMathLab with a credit card. This will give you access to MyMathLab and the online textbook. This option (online access code only) can also be purchased in the bookstore.
You should think about whether or not you care about having a physical paper textbook in front of you. If you want that, then buy the paper book from the bookstore. If you don't care about a paper textbook and are comfortable reading an online textbook, that option is cheaper. You can print pages from the electronic textbook if needed.