Frequently Asked Questions
What will the approach to teaching mathematics be like?
We understand that learning mathematics can be both exciting and challenging for you. At Landmark College we’ve skillfully embedded study skills instruction into each and every course offered in the Mathematics Department, in order to enhance your learning and increase your chances for success. By reviewing and practicing these specific study strategies, you will be better equipped to learn, retain and apply the mathematical concepts presented in your math courses. Below you will find information on some of the necessary tools to help you be successful in your study of mathematics.
What kind of tutoring is available?
We offer two kinds of free out-of-class tutoring: one-on-one and group sessions. These are offered by Mathematics department staff and faculty. Students can make individual appointments for 30-minute sessions or drop in during group time. More information about the times and locations can be found under Support Services.
What does my math placement mean? What are my options?
Courses are grouped by level, which can include credit as well as non-credit courses. The appropriate course is the one that meets your future goals.
For example, if you are interested in an education degree, Statistics makes the most sense. If you place at L3, you should then take MA0392 in preparation for Statistics—not one of the credit offerings.
Explanation of Placement Results
- L2 The student should take MA0291. The MA0291 course is a minimum requirement for any credit-level course.
- L3 The student has a number of choices. MA0392 is a preparatory course for MA1421: Statistics. If Stats is the direction the student should go, then they should take MA0392 (non-credit) and then Statistics. Otherwise, they qualify for MA1311: Mathematical Ideas, the liberal arts math course.
- L4 The student can take MA1421 right away, or any of the liberal arts math courses. If MA1601: College Algebra is what the student will eventually need, then they should take MA1501: Intermediate Algebra as preparation.
- L5 The student can take MA1421 right away, or any of the liberal arts math courses. If MA1601: College Algebra is what the student will eventually need, then they should take MA1501: Intermediate Algebra as preparation.
- L6 The student can take MA1601: College Algebra, or any of the credit math courses. MA1601 is the preparatory course for Calculus.
- L7 The student can take Calculus or MA1311, MA1421, MA2621. Generally, if a student places this high, they could have transferred a credit math course from another college and would not need another credit math course for graduation from Landmark College. *Students with high school or college/university credit in Precalculus should consider MA2721 Calculus I.
- L8 The student can take Calculus II or MA1311, MA1421, MA2621
NOTE: At any level, MA0598: Math Skills Software, is available as a way of increasing math skills and obtaining a higher math placement level.
Michelle Wallace Bower, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics & Computer Science Department