What is the Math Bridge Program?
Math Bridge is a free, on-campus program sponsored by the Academic Success Center designed to help UNLV students who are placed into Math 95, 96, or 120. The program aims to help students test into their college level math requirement. The program combines online learning with in-class assistance to help students gain a better understanding of core math concepts and overcome their math anxiety. The program uses an online platform which students access in our computer labs for the duration of the program. Class time is split between online work with tutor assistance, and tutor-led activities. Students are also able to access the platform at home if they wish to work on concepts outside of class time.
Why Enroll in the Math Bridge Program?
Math 95/96 are college preparatory math courses that do not count towards major requirements or graduation, they are designed to prepare students to take 100-level math courses in the future. Math 95/96 are not covered by the Millennium Scholarship meaning that students on this scholarship would have to pay for the course(s) with other funds. Students can save over $1,500 by successfully completing the program and testing into the credit-bearing course for their major. The program can also help students in fulfilling the NSHE requirement of continuous enrollment until successful completion of their gateway math course. At the end of the Math Bridge Program, students take the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam in hope of testing into the math course they need for their major.
What Are Some Other Benefits of the Math Bridge Program?
Experienced tutors lead the Math Bridge Program. They assist students as they work through an online program and give lessons on math concepts. Our tutoring team allows for individualized student attention as well as the chance to work in small groups by addressing problem areas such as proper note taking, study skills, and test anxiety. By addressing these issues we help students to gain confidence and feel empowered about their ability to learn. Students are also able to meet and interact with their peers in the same major and become familiar with the UNLV campus before courses start in Fall.
In Summer 2016, about 77 percent of students who participated in the Math Bridge Program placed into a 100-level math course. By placing into a 100-level math course, students have more time to take other classes they are interested in and get the most out of their college experience.