Score for this attempt: 5 out of 5
Submitted Jan 9 at 12:24pm
This attempt took 47 minutes.

Question 1

Based on the syllabus and your previous experiences, rank your confidence in your ability to do well in this class.

“1” means you’re not confident at all, “5” means you’re very confident.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question; just answer honestly.

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Great! We’re so glad you’re feeling ready to tackle this course curriculum.  Don’t hesitate to seek opportunities to challenge yourself and help others. We’re glad you’re here.

Question 2

**Video: Studying #1.**Links to an external site.

In this video: Chris Dizon from the Academic Achievement Center.

If you want to read more about studying, here are two really great places to start:


Now, in this question, we’ve given you a list of study techniques. Let’s see if you can match the technique with the reason why it’s an effective strategy for math classes.

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This strategy increases your thinking speed and works well for assessing how well you might do on an exam.
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By teaching, you reinforce your understanding of concepts, review processes actively, and begin to recognize what you don’t know.
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With this strategy, you ask yourself “why”, “how” or “when” along every step of a process. You keep asking these questions until you determine what you don’t yet understand.
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By taking a blank sheet of paper and writing everything you know about a concept, you create a map of your thoughts which you can then compare to your notes to see what you forgot or need to spend more time on.
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Working with others gives the opportunity to use your strengths and borrow from the strengths of others. You can practice concepts and work through challenging practice sets.
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This tried-and-true math strategy allows you to build mental connections by reinforcing the steps and stages of completing similar types of questions over and over.
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Using your textbook and other materials to strengthen your notes allows you to revisit your initial thoughts and revise them.

Question 3

(In this video: Katie Reed, Graduate Academic Specialist, Masters of Counseling student)


Which types of study techniques do you plan on using for this course?

Feel free to select any you think you will try. There isn’t a wrong answer to this question, so answer honestly.

(When reviewing your answers, ignore the scoring and flag on this item)

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Timed practice drills.

Timed practice drills are a useful way to check to see how prepared you are for an exam. If the exam gives you 30 minutes to answer 20 questions, then try seeing how many questions you can complete in that same time frame.
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Great strategy to try: if you can explain… and demonstrate… how to do it and why, you probably know the concepts pretty well.
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Elaborative Interrogation.

Good idea: ask yourself questions along the way to identify where your thinking might be a little off. “Why” is a good question to start with, and so is, “How” and “What’s next?”
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Brain Drain.

Great place to start identifying what you know and don’t know about the content. You can also do this activity as a pair or group.
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Study Groups.

Study groups can be effective because you can pool your knowledge. There might be something you know that others don’t, and vice versa.  To make them extra effective, try creating an agenda at the beginning, to make sure the session stays on track.
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Practice Questions.

Practice questions are a tried-and-true approach to doing well in a math class. They allow your brain to make patterns of behavior in response to patterns in the problem. Just make sure you’re focusing on the process– and identifying HOW to do it– rather than only looking to see if you got the right answer.
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Organizing Notes.

This is a great technique to try. It gets you building connections between ideas and adding in details you’ve learned as you go along.

Something else.

** Intro to Resources Video**Links to an external site.

(In this video: Gavin Mitchell from Student Support Services)

If there is a particular resource that you want to know more about, watch their video below. The next 5 questions will deal with these three options.

Math Help Center

In this video: Stephen Stewart, Pujita Sapra, Matt Farmer, and Ram Dhungana, graduate tutors in the Math Help Center.

To see more information about the Math Help Center, go to to an external site.


Academic Achievement Center

(In this video: Sam Cole from the Academic Achievement Center.)

To see more information about the Academic Achievement Center, go to  Links to an external site.


Office Hours

In this video: Julia Godwin, Biology Major, Class of 2021.

To find out more information about how to best use office hours, go to to an external site.

Question 4

The Math Help Center is located at Curry Building, room 210 or on Zoom .


The Academic Achievement Center is located at Forney Building, room 114. .


This resource can help you with improving your time management: Professor’s Office Hours .

Answer 1:

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Curry Building, room 210 or on Zoom

Awesome! Stop by and give it a try.
Answer 2:

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Forney Building, room 114.

Good work!  Feel free to stop by!
Answer 3:

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Professor’s Office Hours

Question 5

On a scale from 1 to 5, indicate how likely you are to seek help at the Math Help Center for help in this course.

There isn’t a wrong answer to this question; please answer honestly.

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Great! The tutors there look forward to seeing you there!

Question 6

On a scale from 1 to 5, indicate how likely you are to visit your professor’s office hours this semester.

There isn’t a wrong answer to this question; please answer honestly.

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Awesome! I’m sure they look forward to seeing you. Be sure to attend with specific things you want to ask about, and be ready to take notes– that’ll help make the time worthwhile.

Question 7

On a scale from 1 to 5, indicate how likely you are to visit the Academic Achievement Center for Academic Skills assistance?

There isn’t a wrong answer to this question; please answer honestly.

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Awesome!  The Academic Achievement Center is excited to get a request from you. You can email if you have any questions.

Last but not least, I wanted to take a few moments to talk about another issue that some students struggle with: Motivation.


(In this video: Shawn O’Neil from the Academic Achievement Center)


To watch some other videos about motivation, resiliency, and grit, try these:

Boaler’s motivation:
Day 1 Mindset PracticeLinks to an external site.Day 1   Mindset & Practice

Boaler’s discussion of mistakes:
Day 5 MistakesLinks to an external site.Day 5   Mistakes

Duckworth’s Grit video:
Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee DuckworthLinks to an external site.Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth


Question 8

My primary motivator for taking this math class is:

  1. The subject is interesting to me.
  2.  It relates directly to my future goals.
  3. I know I can do well in the class.
  4. It is a degree requirement or pre-requisite.
  5. I don’t know / It’s something else.


Enter the number (# 1-5) that corresponds to your answer in the box below. Please enter only one number.

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This course is a degree requirement for many of your classmates, too. Perhaps try getting in a study group to make studying more interesting and increasing the relevancy of the course and improve your motivation.

Question 9

Karen is frustrated by her math course this semester. She reads her textbook regularly, and keeps working until she gets 100% on all her homework assignments, but her test grades have been really low.  She isn’t sure she’ll get a good grade in the class and she’s getting discouraged.

What advice from the list below might help her stay motivated and engaged?

Select ALL the strategies she could try.

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Karen should start going to office hours with questions about any concepts she doesn’t fully understand.

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Karen should do more independent practice questions, like a fake test, to build her confidence.

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Karen should visit the Math Help Center with her previous test so she can review.

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Karen should use the Canvas Discussion board to try to organize a study group.

Karen should drop the class; she’s clearly not ready to take this class.

Karen should keep on doing what she has been doing; the next test will be easier.

When Karen struggles with a homework question for a long time, she should seek help.

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Karen should evaluate the relationship between the homework questions and the test questions to change how she studies.

Karen should check to make sure her study environment is not distracting her.

Thank you for working through this orientation with us.  Let’s review some of the big key concepts to keep in mind.


(In this video: Tracey Howell, Dan Yasaki, Talia Fernos, and Matt Jester from Math and Statistics Department.)

Question 10

I will use some of the information from this orientation assignment to help me be successful in this course.

1. Yes

2. No

3. Maybe


In the box below, enter the number that corresponds to your answer choice above. There isn’t a wrong answer to this question; please answer honestly.


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