Math Support

If you plan to take a math course, several resources are available to help you prepare.

Recommended Steps for Succeeding in Math Courses

  1. Take the ALEKS Math Assessment and learn how to interpret your score. ALEKS assesses your math knowledge and provides a learning environment for improving to an appropriate level for course placement.
  2. Consult with your adviser to choose an appropriate math course and enroll in the course. Select a math course that interests you and will satisfy your graduation requirements.
  3. Participate in Math Essentials, if recommended for your course. Math Essentials is a free, two-week, noncredit program that focuses on course technologies like ALEKS 360 and Canvas, along with foundational math skills.
  4. Position yourself for success. Succeed in your math class by taking notes, staying organized, and managing your time effectively.
Assessment and resources to prepare for math and statistics courses
Math Essentials
Noncredit program covering skills, terminology, and technology used in math courses

Additional Math Resources

For additional support leading up to and during your math course(s), consider the following options.

Join the Math Pre-Course to work ahead in your Math 4, 21, or 22 course. Your instructor will invite you to participate in the math pre-course about two weeks before the semester starts.’s professional tutors are available 24/7 to provide free, online tutoring for students in select math courses, including Math 4, 21, 22, 34, 36, and 37. 

Learn more about tutoring resources.

Students in designated math courses listed on the Penn State Learning tutoring page may attend free, weekly guided-study groups. Study groups provide a great way to master new concepts. You can review notes, ask questions, and learn with your fellow students online. The study groups take place on Zoom and are recorded so that you can review them as often as you like.

Khan Academy is a free resource that provides educational exercises and instructional videos on a variety of academic topics. Math tutorials are available on subjects including algebra, geometry, and calculus.