MATH 1505: Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences is known to be a notoriously challenging course for most students. Aside from taking consistent notes and attending lectures, here are crucial tips that will ensure you perform successfully in the course.
1. Consistently Review Previous Work Throughout the Semester
The course builds on itself as the semester progresses, so if you are not confident and refreshed on the basics you learned at the start, you will see your performance in the following chapters start to diminish. Set aside a time each week to review previous chapters before or after you have completed the work for the current week. This will make the current problem set easier and make cramming for that cumulative final exam much less stressful.
2. Go to the PASS Sessions
The colleges offer peer tutoring sessions for this course, as they do with most courses that the majority of students find difficult. It is a great idea to go to these sessions. You will be able to clarify your questions, get past tricky problem sets, swap notes with others, and even make some great friends. PASS leaders are usually students who have previously completed the course with a stellar grade, so they are the perfect individuals to go to for support and guidance.
3. Use all the Supplementary Resources – Practice, practice, practice!
The professors for this course will usually provide you with a course website where you can access additional practice materials you might want to use in addition to problem sets in the textbooks. It is highly advisable to use these resources! Practicing on a variety of different problem sets at varying difficulty levels will ensure you are prepared for anything on the midterm and final exams.
4. Use External Online Teaching Resources
Hearing the same concept described and explained in many different ways is the best way to understand something. After attending lectures, highlight concepts you find particularly challenging and look them up on websites like Youtube. These sites have numerous videos (for free!) teaching the exact same concept you just learned in class, and often they are able to break down the concept in an even simpler way for someone who is struggling with it. Looking at the course content and problems from a different angle and being taught in a different way can often make a world of difference for your understanding of the course content!
Above are a few tips you should consider when enrolled in MATH 1505: Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences. You have the potential to perform incredibly well in what is often a York University student’s first post-secondary mathematics course.