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Maynooth University Maths Support for 2nd Level Students

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Maynooth University Maths Support for 2nd Level Students

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 

Maynooth University Maths Support for 2nd Level Students

The Maths Support Centre (MSC) at Maynooth University are offering drop in mathematics support sessions for second level students. This service has been running since 2009. 

 The MSC is open free of charge on Monday evenings from 6-8pm.

Who it is for?

Students from any school, any year and any level are welcome to attend.

Where is it?

The sessions are in Rye Hall on the North Campus of Maynooth University behind the John Hume and Iontas buildings. 

When it runs

These will run in semester I 2015-16 on the 28th of September, 5th, 12th, 19th of October, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of November, 7th and 14th of December.

Dates for semester II will be announced in December 2015.

How it works

Students come along to the sessions, there is no need to book an appointment. They can come and leave at any time that suits them during the session.

We ask students to bring their notes and all relevant material. We take attendance to ensure that we have a sufficient number of tutors available. Help will be provided free of charge by experienced tutors on a first come, first served basis.

The sessions are drop-in, so they are not an organised class nor are they on specific topics. They are not grinds. Students attend, on their own or in groups, and they work on their own material. When they encounter a difficultly, one of the tutors will help them when they are free.

The tutors strive to assist students with any queries that they have, they will not do students' homework for them but will help with methods and any queries that students have regarding mathematics.

What students think

Feedback from students who use it regularly and appropriately is very positive, here are some sample comments:

"Before I came, didn't think I'd do well, now I think I have the ability for higher level, I now understand the topic and can keep up."

"Before coming here I was afraid of Project Maths, the MSC has built up my confidence in my abilities"

"I feel I know how to better approach a problem"

Extra Resources

Students are also encouraged to access our resources page where there is a lot of useful material that may benefit them. Material relevant to the topics covered with the students in the MSC will also be added.

Click here for more information. 

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