- Who can use the Math Labs?
The Math Labs are currently used by College Algebra (MAC 1105) and Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) students only. Students enrolled in other mathematics courses can receive help from Learning Assistants (LAs) associated with their class, visit their professors during office hours, visit the Math Study Hall in VH 180, or visit the FIU Learning Center in GL 120. Visit Resources for more information about Math Help at FIU.
- What is the Math Gym and how is it different from the Math Labs?
The Math Labs are the computer labs where you will work on your course materials, do homework, take quizzes and tests, and a place where you can receive help from faculty and LAs. The Math Gym, held in the adjacent set of rooms (GL 262/261), is a place where our outstanding LAs conduct learning/help sessions. Throughout the semester LAs schedule help sessions for particularly challenging topics. Check the schedule posted in the Math Labs. Students in some sections of College Algebra are required to spend 1 hour weekly in Math Gym. Check your syllabus to see if you are required to do so.
- How many hours am I required to spend in the lab and when are they due?
The number of hours you are required to spend in the lab depends on the section of the course you are in. Most students will be required to spend 3 hours and some 4 hours. Check your class syllabus. The hours are due on the day of your quizzes. That is, if your quizzes are due Thursdays, than your lab hours are due Thursday as well, which means that in each time period Friday- Thursday, you should accumulate required number of hours.
Make sure that you spend your required number of hours in the lab. If you are supposed to be there for 3 hours and you were there for 2 hours and 59 minutes then you will not receive credit. 2 hours and 59 minutes is less than 3 hrs. There is no partial credit for earning less than the required hours in the lab. You are responsible for tracking your own hours so make sure that you are properly logged in and logged out of the system!
- Do I have to complete my lab hours all in one sitting?
No. You can complete your lab hours by visiting the lab several times during your assigned time period. Actually, research indicates that spreading out your hours over several days allows you to more effectively process information you recently learned. Just make sure that you have accumulated the required number of hours. It is your responsibility to track them.
- I completed my homework and got an 85% on my quiz with just 2 hours in the Lab. Do I have to stay for the full Math Lab hour requirement?
If you wish to receive full credit for your weekly Lab hour requirement, you must be signed into the Math Lab for at least that amount of time. The number of required hours is a minimum. If you finish before that time is up, go back and work problem types that gave you difficulty on the quiz. Ask an LA to help you figure out the “why” behind the math. Retake the quiz and try for a 100%! And if you’ve done all this, start on the next assignments.
- If I do more than my required lab hours, will they “roll over” into the next week’s required hours?
No. You can spend as much time as you need in the labs, but you cannot use the excess of hours in one week to offset the shortage in another week. In essence, you must accumulate at least the required number of hours in each weekly time period.
- Is the Math Lab open during the test days?
The Math Labs are used for testing during the test days, so it will be closed for most of the day. However, it will re-open in late afternoon on each test day in order to answer any last minute questions and assist with the weekly assignments.
- Can I work on assignments at home?
Yes, you are even encouraged to work on your assignments outside of the labs. You can access your assignments from your personal computer as long as you have an Internet access. Keep in mind however, that although quizzes can be done in the labs and at home, you still need to complete your Lab hours to receive the attendance credit. Working on weekly assignments in the lab is a great way to get the hours done and it assures that your questions and doubts will be answered quickly.
- Does Math Lab have a calculator/pencil/paper that I can borrow?
You can borrow a pencil and/or calculator with your ID. It is your responsibility to come to the lab with notebook paper and your Panther ID card.
- Am I allowed to use a graphing calculator while in the lab working on online assignments?
No, students in College Algebra may use only a TI-30X II S calculator while in the labs. Using any other calculator, or a
phone,is not allowed and can result in a zero for your lab hours that week. Students in Intermediate Algebra are not allowed to use any kind of a calculator.
- Do you have a lost and found?
Any items found within the Math Labs will be kept at the front desk for a period of one week. Any item that is not reclaimed during that time period will be sent to Graham Center’s Lost and Found.
- Can the front desk assistant tell us our total hours?No, the tracking software displays only the number of hours you accumulated in a calendar week which is different from your weekly lab-hour-period. It is your responsibility to track your own lab hours. Use your notebook to write the login and logout time every time you visit the labs.
- I am waiting for an important call. Can I put my phone on vibrate?
No. Phones are not allowed in the Math Labs for any reason. If you have an important issue you can take a break and check your phone — but you will have to sign out of the lab and then sign in again. Using/answering your phone in the labs will result in a 0 for your lab hours for the week. If you are taking a quiz or testing then you will receive a 0 for that assessment as well. Your phone has to be in your book bag ALL the time while you are in the lab. So … do not use the phone in the labs!
- Can I use my iPod in the Math Lab?
No MP3 player or electronic device can be used at any time within the labs.
- I missed the test. May I come to a different test time?
No, you may only take your test at the scheduled time. You should arrive early for your scheduled test time. Per syllabus, there are no make-ups for missed tests so it is important that you schedule your test and arrive at the proper time to take it. If there is an excusable absence from a test (medical or personal emergency for which you can provide documentation), your final exam will count in place of the missed test. This can be done for one test only. Personal travel plans are not a valid reason for missing a test.
- Can I ask for help while taking a quiz?
No, LAs and faculty are not allowed to help you
onyour quizzes. However, when you have completed and submitted the quiz, they will be more than happy to go over problems with you and answer any questions. This is a very effective learning strategy and an excellent use of your time.
- If I do not have my Panther ID card, may I still come into the Math Labs?
No, you are required to bring your valid Panther ID every time you want to work in the labs.
- What do students in similar courses say about these classes?
Here are some comments from students who took College Algebra in Spring 2012:
“The math labs are a good place to focus on just math homework without distractions.”
“Since I have to be in the lab every week, I study more than I would have on my own, and I’ve been getting significantly better grades!”
“My math anxiety is going away and I’m looking forward to taking higher level math courses in the future.”
“The learning assistants are very helpful with any doubts that might arise during homework or any material that I haven’t yet mastered.”
“Math Lab helps assure that the student is ready for the test. Combining helpful tips and limitless attempts on homework problems superbly
ensuressuccess in the course.”