Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Getting help in your Math class

This document describes several resources available to you for finding additional help in your math classes. We've tried to make it as complete and accurate as possible; email suggestions for additions or corrections to


Math help resources:

Review Workshops (What are you expected to know in your math class?)

The Mathematics Tutorial Program offers review workshops at the beginning of classes each semester. These workshops cover some of the material that your instructor assumes you will remember from previous courses.

Workshops are offered for Math 171, 211, 213, 217, 221, 222, and 234.

Workshops for Fall Semester will be held  Wednesday September 6, and Thursday September 7. See the Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule for more information.

Instructor office hours

All teaching assistants (TAs) and professors schedule two or more office hours per week; those are times which your instructor has set aside specifically to work with students from their classes. Office hour schedules are announced in class, and should also be posted on the instructor's office door.

Where is my instructor's office? Does my instructor have a homepage, or email address?

Office listings for math department faculty, staff, and TAs are posted by each elevator in Van Vleck Hall; otherwise, one can check the directories of Mathematics Department Professors, Staff, and TAs.
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Math Lab

The Math Lab offers free, drop in assistance to all students enrolled in math classes through third-semester calculus (i.e., Math 95, 101, 112, 113, 114, 171, 211, 213, 217, 221, 222, and 234.) All Math Department TAs work shifts in the Math Lab over the course of the semester, so you will see different (smiling helpful) faces each time you go!

The Math Lab is an especially good place to go if you have a quick homework question; more detailed questions are probably better directed to your TA.

  • Location: B227 Van Vleck Hall (across from the Mathematics Library).
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday: 3:30 - 8:30 pm, Sunday: 3:30 - 6:50 pm.
    ( Please note that on Sunday only the first floor door of Van Vleck is open.)
  • Dates: Starting the second week of classes through the end of the semester.
  • Courses: 96, 112, 113, 114, 171, 211, 213, 221, 222, 234, and 217.
  • Cost: Free.

[Go to the Math Lab web page]
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Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)

GUTS offers free peer tutoring for a variety of classes, from English to Chemistry; their tutors are volunteers, fellow students (undergraduate and graduate) who are interested in the topics they are tutoring, and interested in helping others learn.

  • Location: The GUTS office is located in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Office #4413; their tutoring sessions are held in a variety of campus locations.
  • Hours: Vary.
  • Dates: Starting the third Sunday of each semester.
  • Courses: Most undergraduate courses, with an emphasis on courses through 234.
  • Cost: Free.

[Go to the GUTS information page]
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Unergraduate Learning Center

The College of Engineering offers tutorial help for various math courses up to Math 319 and 320.

For more information and schedulies:

[Go to the ULC information page]
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Mathematics Tutorial Program

The Mathematics Tutorial Program offers intensive small-group tutoring for students enrolled in Math 113, 114, 171/217, 211, 213, 221, 222 and 234. Students enrolled in the Tutorial Program meet in small groups (maximum of 8 to 10 people) for two hours per week; these group meetings have students working on challenging problems at the chalkboard, with help from a tutor. The staff for the tutorial program includes Mathematics Department staff, experienced Mathematics Department TAs, and graduate students from related departments (Engineering, Math Education).

Students must enroll in the Mathematics Tutorial Program in order to use our office hours and tutorial sessions; see the Math Tutorial Web Page for more details.

  • Main office: Frank Rooney, 320 Van Vleck Hall.
  • Location: Tutorial sessions are held in various classrooms in Van Vleck Hall.
  • Hours: By arrangement. Typically Monday through Thursday, daytime or early evening.
  • Courses: 113, 114, 171/217, 211, 213, 221, 222, 234.
  • Cost: Free.

[Go to the Mathematics Tutorial Program web page]
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Private tutoring

The Mathematics Department publishes a list of Mathematics graduate students who are willing to tutor students; copies are available on the second floor of Van Vleck Hall, next to the elevators.

  • Location: Varies; many tutors will meet in Van Vleck Hall; some will meet off-campus.
  • Courses: Most undergraduate courses.
  • Cost: Fees vary from tutor to tutor; typical costs are $25 to $30 per hour.

[Go to the Private Tutors List]
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Mathematics Library

This is the official UW Mathematics Library Web site. It also has links to sample exams. [Go to Math Library web page]
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Sample Exams

The Mathematics Library Web page has several sample exams on line.

  • Courses: Several.
  • Cost: Free.

[Go to the Sample Exams page]
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Other resources

The Dean of Students Office maintains a web page with links to a wide variety of helpful resources, including the Campus Assistance Center, the Interim Multicultural Center, the McBurney Disability Resource Center, and the Student Organization Office, among others.

The mathematics department faculty minority liaison is Gloria Mari-Beffa .

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This page is maintained by the Mathematics Tutorial Program staff; email suggestions for additions or corrections to

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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