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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get the best deal on a computer? How do you use the Math Help Room or find the best math tutor? We've got the answers in our new Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) page. 

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More Information about the Math Help Room

Math at Columbia University is the real thing. Analytical thinking has invaded more disciplines than anyone could have imagined a generation ago. To respond to this, most majors require at least some math. The issue is that even the lowest levels of math are taught at Columbia with a tremendous amount of rigor. To handle that and offer students a way to handle the challenge, the Math department offers at least two Math Help Rooms.

One is for everything up to Calculus III and the other is for Calculus IV and beyond.

How to maximize the benefits of the Math Help Room:

  • Go early, go often
  • Go at the same times generally
  • Bring scratch paper
  • Bring some patience
  • Bring your book + notes + solution manuals + calculator
  • Don't be afraid to ask around if the tutor isn't obvious, they are students too just like you so they can blend in
  • Not all tutors are created equal, find one or two that work for you
  • Tutors aren't always able to answer all questions
  • Form a conversational relationship with your favorite tutors
  • Some tutors are literally magical, poach them for private tutoring

Etiquette Note: Yes, we can hear that music through your iPod earbuds, turn it down, we all thank you :-) If you must listen to music try some around-ear headphones so you can rock and we can calculate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers about how to succeed at Columbia University and General Studies, how to live, how to have fun, how to print and more! Most importantly, before we start: How to add to this F.A.Q: email your question to Communication .

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