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New course offered in Fall 2019: MTH9

This course, offered as an alternative to self-paced developmental math, is a lecture course for students who need to complete MTT units 6 - 9. See details in the Developmental Math Program tab below.

New Math Courses

As of the fall 2018 term, NOVA’s math courses have been revised. More information is available here. At the bottom of the page is a chart showing the various progressions of math courses you can take at NOVA

Developmental Math Course Start and End Dates for Face-to-Face Classes, Summer 2019

  • MTT1 four-week course:  August 19 - September 15.
  • MTT1 four-week course: November 13 - December 16.
  • MTT2 eight-week course: August 19 - October 13.
  • MTT2 eight-week course: October 16 - December 16.
  • MTT3 twelve-week course: August 19 - November 12.
  • MTT3 twelve-week course: September 16 - December 16.
  • MTT4 twelve-week course: August 19 - December 16.

The NOVA Loudoun Math Lab is here to support NOVA students in learning math. We support NOVA’s developmental (non-credit) and college-level (credit) math programs. We are here to answer your questions about NOVA Loudoun math courses in which you are enrolled. Just come in -- no appointment is necessary. If you’re looking to make an appointment for individual tutoring, check out the NOVA Loudoun Tutoring Center.

You may enroll in credit-level math courses if you score appropriately on the VPT math test, the SAT, the ACT, or the GED; show the appropriate combination of high school grade point average and high school math courses; or complete the developmental program. This page explains it. Do check in with your advisor before you enroll, to make sure you’ve got any signatures required.

Come check us out and see what we can do for you. Bring your NOVA card to borrow resources or use the testing room.

Developmental Math Program

Students enrolled in developmental math courses may come to the lab for support with learning and homework, and to take quizzes and tests. Tutors are available to help you whenever we’re open.

Homework, tests, and quizzes are completed on the MyLabsPlus website. Students in the developmental math program must purchase access to the site. The site provides everything students need for the course.

The developmental math program comprises ten units, numbered 0 through 9. (The class for unit 0 is called BSK1.) The units you need to take are determined by your results on the math placement test or the multiple measures placement criteria, and your program’s requirements.

BSK1 and the MTT units are described here:

BSK1

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Starting in the fall of 2019, NOVA will offer a new course, MTH9, for students who need to complete MTT units 6 - 9 and prefer a lecture format to the self-paced MTT format. Click here for more information.

Instructors

  • Lara Langdon, program manager
  • Gwendalin Aranya
  • Bunny Greenhouse
  • Cathy Montero
  • Barbara Patton
  • Heather Seeber
  • Larry Tarlton
  • Jackline Yim
College-level Program

Students enrolled in credit courses at the NOVA Loudoun campus are welcome to come to the Math Lab for tutoring and to use the resources, including textbooks and calculators. Our tutors can help with textbook problems; assignments, quizzes, and tests that have been graded; and worksheets with answers provided. We cannot work with you on assignments outside the textbook for which no answers are provided.

If you would like to get more help with math, then the Math Lab is the place to  be. We’re friendly and supportive, and we do our best to make your homework enjoyable.

The lab has developed lessons in a few specific college-level areas:

Placement Test Prep

Placement Test Prep

Getting placed in the highest-level math course that you qualify for may help you get through NOVA quicker. Your performance on the placement test may determine that placement.  To get the best test score, and thus the best placement, prepare for the placement test. We offer these tools:

The problems here are similar to those on the online practice test and their solutions are explained fully, so if you miss problems on the online practice test and you don’t understand why, you can find explanations at the links above. This practice test covers both developmental and credit-level material.

Students may take the placement test at the Loudoun Campus Testing Center

Resources

Resources

These resources are available in the lab:

  • Computers
  • Copies of the developmental math textbooks
  • Current textbooks for NOVA Loudoun math courses
  • Scientific (non-graphing) calculators for use in the lab. When you borrow a scientific calculator, we will ask you for your NOVA card or other government-issued ID, which we will return to you when you return the calculator.
  • TI-83 and TI-84 graphing calculators for use in the lab.  When you borrow a graphing calculator, we will ask you for your NOVA card or other government-issued ID, as well as an additional piece of collateral. We will return both to you when you return the calculator.
  • Headphones for use in the lab
  • Notes for the MTT units

On the Internet

These are some sites outside of NOVA that we’ve seen students benefit from:

  • Desmos: Online grapher. Lets you input equations to create graphs, then share or download them. Useful and fun.
  • Khan Academy: Covers just about everything math, from counting to calculus. Videos and practice problems. Tracks your progress if you sign up.
  • Patrick JMT: Videos. Covers lots of math, arithmetic through calculus. Good resource for calculus.
  • Paul’s Online Math Notes: Algebra through Calc II and Differential Equations, done sort of textbook style, but with a more interesting, easier-to-understand presentation. Includes “cheat sheets” of stuff you need to know in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Lots of practice problems with solutions.
  • Purplemath: Algebra and precalc lessons and practice problems.
  • WolframAlpha: Zillions of math problems (and other kinds of problems) and their solutions.
Become a Math Tutor

Become a Math Tutor

The people who work here love working here, because they get to communicate to others the math they love so much. If you too love to communicate math, and if you are looking for an on-campus job, consider applying to the Math Lab. Tutor pay ranges from $11.50 to $13.00 per hour.

To apply, see this brochure; print the Tutor Application Survey, fill it out, and drop it off with us (SH 313-314); and make an appointment with us to take the Tutor Assessment. If appropriate, we’ll train you and ask you to volunteer with us for at least 10 hours. Then you will be eligible to be hired.

Rules and Policies

Rules and Policies

When you come to the lab you agree to the lab’s rules. There are rules for the developmental program , for the college-level program, and for testing

Rules include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the lab.
  • You may use electronic devices only to support your learning. If you need to use a device that makes noise, use a headset.
Staff

Staff

Click on a name to learn more about each of us, and maybe even see a picture:

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