

Math Success at Smith Many career paths and majors involve mathematics and/or quantitative skills (even seemingly nonmathematical ones such as computer graphics animation, journalism, or environmental activism). Math, like any other skill, can be developed through practice just like a muscle. Regardless of your current comfort level in mathematics, you can develop an individualized training program to build those muscles, and ultimately achieve your career goals. The Math Success at Smith team is a group of faculty and staff across the college who are interested in retaining students' interest in STEM+ and enhancing their persistence in STEM+ courses by supporting the students and providing resources. All of us are passionate about helping students succeed! Please contact the team through mathsuccess@smith.edu. At Smith, we offer opportunities for math success to every student. Here are a few elements of successfully completing mathematics or statistics courses:
Current Initiatives The Math Success at Smith team is piloting online experiences to help new students even before they arrive on campus. The first initiative (Summer 2018) used the ALEKS tool an online adaptive learning tool (the acronym stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Space). Approximately 88% of students who used the ALEKS assessment thought is was worthwhile, and of those who used the interactive review modules, 85% thought it was a good way to refresh or review certain math concepts. Our current initiative (Summer 2019) implements a summer bridge program called ONEXSS (Online Experiences for Smith Scholars) by building on a similar program that has shown success at Yale. Gary Felder and Daniel Schultheis are working with Smith student mentors to guide the math preparation for nearly 40 entering fistyear students. Video Introduction about Math Success at Smith
If you have further questions, please contact us at mathsuccess@smith.edu! 


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