At 11:02 a.m., the door to Crawford room 404 creaks open, and 11 young math nerds shuffle in. Some wear worn football caps and faded jeans, others tank tops and scuffed loafers. Filling only two rows of their long and narrow classroom.
MTH1010 is the course you take if you’re fairly certain that you want to be a math concentrator and want to be challenged to your limit. You have a solid base in advanced mathematics and are very comfortable with proofs and rigorous arguments.
MTH1010 can be interesting or dreadful depending on how you approach the class. Here are some tips that will help you with this rigorous class, and hopefully prevent you from agonizing about your college life.
1. Look at the homework problem sets early.
You’ll have a homework problem set due every week, and approximately every problem set takes about 8 hours to solve, so it’s best to start as early as possible. These problem sets typically require a lot of critical thinking and analyzing strength, which you’ll never be able to achieve if you start your assignment on the due date after chugging two cans of Red Bull.
2. Get to Lecture on Time
Dr. Snelson doesn’t like to waste time, so if you are 15mins late to class then you’ve missed all the theorems and lemmas you were going to prove. Now, all that you can do is Nod and not make eye contact with the prof. But, to prevent yourself from getting into that situation just REACH TO THE LECTURE ON TIME.
3. Read the material before the lecture
Reading the material that is going to be taught in class is the best and the most important thing you can do if you want to understand the lecture completely. A better understanding of the lecture and good interaction with prof will always result in a good grade.
4. Do your homework in group
Whenever possible set up a study group to solve the problem sets. Working in a group can make the assignment fairly easy or extremely difficult; it all depends on the group, so choose the people you want to work with wisely.
5. Don’t afraid to ask for help (Take advantage of the office hours)
Profs and GSAs are there to help you, don’t be afraid to go to their office hours and seek help. Going to the profs’ office hours can be remarkably helpful, especially if you are half asleep in the lectures.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some insight into the famous “Honors Analysis” class, and some tips that might help you get above the curve scores. MTH1010 is undoubtedly the hardest mathematics course for the freshman at Florida Tech. But it’s worth all the hard work that you put into it every day. Just remember CONSISTENCY can lead you to an easy A in class.