Math Zone

Math Zone

An Innovation in Learning Mathematics

The Math Zone provides a student-centered educational experience in mathematics that is targeted to each student's unique learning style. It is located in North Hall, directly adjacent to Echlin Hall, and is a part of the Department of Mathematics.

Our facility seeks to create an individualized educational experience in which students learn with the support of math instructors and tutors. Student learning is supplemented by an online platform that adapts when students demonstrate mastery and delivers precise instruction in areas of difficulty.

Our goal is student success

The faculty will provide students with mini-lectures, support through guided practice, and assistance with navigating the software. They will monitor student progress and guide them in the mathematics learning process.

The Math Zone is an innovation in mathematics education, merging e-learning technology with direct teaching methods to enhance student success.

We are always striving to enhance and enrich our operations to optimize learning and to help foster student success.

Math Zone Vision

Our vision is divided into three components: People, Metacognition, and Content.

People

  • Develop a diverse and inclusive environment that allows for an establishment of trust between students, tutors, and teachers

  • Redefine the student role of learning and foster more in-depth understanding

  • Empower our students to enable them to advocate for themselves

  • Aid students in developing autonomous lifelong learning skills

  • Encourage students to explore complex mathematical concepts

  • Enrich students' mathematical skills through a supportive and encouraging environment that fosters student inquiry

Metacognition/Metathinking

  • Aid students in translating their skills into real-life applications

  • Help students enrich ther critical thinking

  • Encourage students to create their own questions to demonstrate a higher understanding

  • Enhance students' creativity in problem solving

Content

  • Provide a unique learning experience through a blend of modern technology and pedagogy

  • Aid students in differentiating among multiple representations of mathematical information

Approach to Teaching and Learning in the Math Zone

Faculty in the Math Zone are fully prepared to assist students with the software and guide them through the process of learning mathematics. Tutors are available to work one-on-one with students to help them master the material.

Benefits of the Math Zone

  1. Save time and money*

  2. Mastery-focused progress

  3. Student-centered and adaptive instruction

*You may complete more than course in a single semester. You may also begin a second course and complete it in the following term.

Keys to Success:

  1. Practice, practice, practice: In addition to the three (3) hours of actual seat time, prepare to spend another six (6) hours per week using Hawkes Learning Software

  2. Make use of the many resources available to students:

    • Online Textbook
    • Hawkes Learning Videos
    • Examples/Solutions/Step-by-Step Instructions
    • Online Tutoring
    • Customizable Practice Exams
    • And so much more
  3. Come for tutoring at the Math Zone during open hours
Learning in the Math Zone

A Blended Learning Environment

The Math Zone uses a mentored and adaptive learning environment for teaching MATH 1108 College Math, MATH1110 College Algebra, and MATH 1115 Pre-Calculus.

  • Mentored means that you have tutors assisting with your learning.

  • Adaptive means that your curriculum is customized to your learning needs.

The nature of the Math Zone environment demands personal responsibility. The Math Zone requires that each student become directly engaged in their own learning and take charge of the time they spend studying.

How it works

Students are provided detailed instructions on how to access their Math Zone course and how to attend classes each week. They are also shown how to access their Blackboard account for course materials and the Hawkes Learning website for assignments and tests.

These are not online classes. Testing – and some of your weekly studying – must be done in the Math Zone.

Our mission is to engage students in their own learning. We are committed to providing every student with an individualized learning opportunity  that will establish foundational math skills for life.