Calculus Resources

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Calculus students can receive support through PLTL, RPM, and other Learning Center programs and resources.

Looking for help with Calculus I (Math 131), Calculus II (Math 132), or Calculus III (Math 233)? The Learning Center has you covered!

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses, including Calculus I, II, and III. This program is highly structured. Groups of 6-8 students work together to solve problems, and each group is facilitated by a highly-trained student leader. PLTL groups meet once a week for two hours, and students who attend regularly may receive course credit for their participation.

Students are invited to sign up for the program during the first week of classes; instructions and deadlines are provided via email, Canvas, and in-class announcements.

To learn more about this program, visit our PLTL program page.

Residential Peer Mentoring (RPM)

Residential Peer Mentors (RPMs) facilitate group learning hours for Calculus courses throughout the week in classrooms and other public spaces in residential colleges on the South 40. RPM sessions typically start during the third week of each Fall and Spring semester and run through the last week of classes. All WashU students are welcome to visit RPM sessions in any residential college, regardless of where they live.

During RPM sessions, mentors are available to answer questions, help with homework, and promote group learning. Students do not have to sign up to meet with an RPM; they can stop by anytime during a scheduled session and leave at any point.

To learn more about RPM, visit our Drop-in programs page or check out our mentoring sessions calendar.

Matched Academic Mentoring (MAM)

Matched Academic Mentoring provides supplemental learning opportunities in a small group setting for eligible students in select courses, including Calculus I, II, and III. Support may also be available for Foundations of Calculus (Math 100) upon request. Students may be eligible for Matched Academic Mentoring if they:

  • Have experienced challenges in key prerequisite courses
  • Have identified significant gaps in their foundational knowledge of a subject
  • Feel like they are falling behind in a class and are struggling to catch up
  • Are on Academic Probation or Academic Warning

Matched Academic Mentoring groups typically meet for 2 hours per week and are capped at 3-4 students, to ensure that mentors are able to provide personalized support in an unstructured small group setting. Regular attendance is expected. Students who are interested in working with a Matched Academic Mentor should fill out the MAM request form, which opens on the first day of classes each Fall and Spring semester. The matching process can take up to 10 business days, depending on the time of year and availability of mentors.

To learn more about Matched Academic Mentoring and access the request form, visit our MAM program page.

Math Help Room

The Math Department offers weekly drop-in support for several math courses, including Calculus I, II, and III, through their Mathematics and Statistics Help Room. All students are welcome to visit the Help Room at any of the times designated for their course(s). This resource is not affiliated with the Learning Center.

To learn more, check out the Math Help Room website. (Link last updated August 2023.)

McKelvey Engineering Tutoring

Engineering students are eligible to apply for free Calculus tutoring through the McKelvey Engineering Tutoring program. This resource is not affiliated with the Learning Center.

To learn more, check out the tutor request form or contact Undergraduate Student Services. (Links last updated August 2023.)