Frequently Asked Questions for Math Courses
Below please find a number of questions that are frequently asked in the Undergraduate Office of the Mathematics Department. If you have additional questions, please contact your advisor or the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising in Mathematics.
- I will be taking a mathematics class next semester. What calculator should I buy?
- What kind of tutoring programs exist for mathematics courses?
The Mathematics Department and Penn State Learning offer Guided Study Groups for students enrolled in MATH 110. During an GSG session, you will meet with the GSG leader and other students in your class to discuss readings and lectures, ask questions, and share ideas. This program is free for students. The meeting times and places for GSG can be found at the following website: http://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/study-group
MATH 2 - MATH 251 COURSES The Penn State Learning provides free tutoring for mathematics courses from Math 2 - Math 251. This service is free and provided on a walk-in basis. Drop-in hours and locations can be found at the following website: http://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/tutoring/mathematics
The Mathematics Department provides a list of names of people interested in tutoring. Students will be expected to pay for their tutoring session. Click here for The Private Tutor List
The undergraduate Math Club offers free tutoring for certain mathematics courses.
- What is the difference between a conflict exam and a makeup exam?
A conflict exam is given on the same day as a regularly scheduled evening exam (6:30-7:45 pm). The conflict exam takes place prior to the regular exam from 5:05-6:20 pm. Students will be released at 6:25 pm.
A makeup exam is given a week and a day after the regularly scheduled evening exam. The makeup exam is scheduled the same time as the regular evening exam from 6:30-7:45 pm.
- How do I sign up for a conflict exam? You are required to sign up for a conflict exam with your instructor during your class by the deadline (one week) in advance of the exam date. A valid documented reason, such as class conflict or other scheduled activity with PSU is acceptable.
- How do I sign up for a make-up exam? You are required to sign up for a make-up exam with your instructor during your class by the deadline ( 2 days) in advance of the make-up date. A valid documented reason, such as class conflict, illness during both the conflict and regular exam times are permitted to schedule a make-up exam. Personal business such as travel, employment, weddings, graduations, or attendance at public events such as concerts, sporting events, and Greek Rush events are not valid excuses.
I signed up for the makeup exam, but I do not remember what room it is in. What can I do?
This information should be documented when you sign up, it is located on the sign up sheet. If you have not done this, contact your instructor to verify location and time or you may call the Undergraduate Office for the location. Your name must appear on the Make-up Sheet to be accommodated for the exam.
- I missed my exam. What can I do?
Notify your instructor immediately (via email, for example). If the makeup exam has not been given, you will have until the deadline (2 days prior) to the exam to sign up. You will need to document the Make-up exam location. With a valid verifiable reason, the makeup will be given with no penalty. Otherwise, a penalty may be imposed. If the makeup exam has been given, then the instructor and course coordinator will decide on how you will make up the missed exam.
Acquisition of Credit
a) Go to the Transfer Course Evaluation Guide. After walking through this process,if the course already appears in the Penn State system, then the course will transfer (assuming you complete the course successfully). If you have any difficulty, print the results and take them to the Admissions office.
b) If your course does not appear in the system described in part a), then you will need to complete a COURSE REVIEW FORM and obtain a syllabus. You can either send digital copies to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to 104 McAllister Building. If you haven't taken the course yet, contact the other institution and request the most recent syllabus of the course you intend to take.
Course work completed at an accredited college or university may be evaluated for transfer credit if passed with a grade equivalent to A, B, or C. Course work completed on a pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis normally cannot be evaluated for transfer credit.
- I took MATH 231 and I am now required to take MATH 230. What can I do?