Math Zone

An Innovation in Learning Mathematics

The Math Zone provides a student-centered education experience in mathematics that is targeted to each student's unique learning style.  The Math Zone is located in North Hall, directly adjacent to Echlin Hall, and is a part of the Department of Mathematics. 

The Math Zone seeks to create an individualized educational experience where students learn with the support of math instructors and tutors. In addition to the guidance provided by dedicated faculty, student mastery will be supplemented by a learning platform that quickly adapts to areas where students demonstrate mastery of topics and moves on to deliver precise instruction and support to subjects where a student is having difficulty.

Our goal is student success

The faculty will provide students with mini-lectures, support through guided practice and assistance with navigating the software. They will monitor student progress and guide them in the mathematics learning process. 

The Math Zone is an innovation in mathematics education, merging e-learning technology with direct teaching methods to enhance student success.

We are always making revisions to our operations to optimize learning and help foster student success.

Approach to Teaching and Learning in the Math Zone

The Math Zone builds on the University of New Haven's core strengths in individualized, hands-on, discovery-based learning.

It provides a unique opportunity to remediate math skills, with the aim of bringing each student to a level of performance in math that allows them to master more advanced math classes.

Faculty in the Math Zone are on hand at all times to work with the technology and to guide students through the process of learning mathematics. Tutors are available to work one-on-one with students to help them master the details of mathematical problem solving.

Benefits of The Math Zone

1. Save time*

2. Save money

3. Mastery-focused progress

4. Student-centered and adaptive instruction

*You may complete more than course in a single semester. You may also begin a second course and complete it in the following term.

Keys to Success:

1. Practice, practice, practice: In addition to the 3 hours of actual seat time, prepare to spend another 6 hours per week using the Pearson Software on your own time

2. Utilize any and all of the following

  • Online Textbook
  • Videos
  • Examples
  • Tutor Button/Step-by-Step

3. Come for tutoring at the Math Zone during open hours

Learning in the Math Zone

A Blended Learning Environment

Mentored and Adaptive

The Math Zone uses a mentored and adaptive learning environment for teaching MATH 1103 Fundamental Mathematics, MATH 1108 College Math, MATH1110 College Algebra, and MATH 1115 Pre-Calculus.

  • Mentored means that you have tutors assisting you with learning, that you can ask questions, and get help.

  • Adaptive means that your curriculum is customized to your learning needs. You can advance at your own pace as long as you advance. You also have opportunities to regain mastery and attempt higher scores through re-testing.

While your Math Zone course will only meet for 3 hours of seat time, it is crucial that you spend another 6 hours independently completing practice problems either in the Math Zone during tutoring hours or remotely from home or elsewhere.

The most important part in all of this is learning personal responsibility. Indeed, this is part of what we teach. Unlike high school, the Math Zone requires that each student become directly engaged in their own learning. Students learn to take charge of the time they spend studying. We are here to help. Your instructors and Math Zone Staff will follow up with you if you are not meeting your obligation. This is a united effort.

Each Math Zone class is designed to turn out students who have demonstrated proficiency in mathematics. We want to level the playing field for students so that they can fully succeed in any upper level math class they need to take. Acquiring math competency is an essential part of student success at the University of New Haven.

How it works

Students who are assigned to the Math Zone are enrolled in one of the aforementioned courses. You will be provided detailed instructions on how to access your Math Zone course and how to attend classes each week. Students are also shown how to access their Blackboard account, and also how to access the Pearson MyLabs Plus web site to gain access to the instructional materials.

This is not an online class. Testing and some of your weekly studying must be done in the Math Zone.

Even though this is not an online class, you can access your course to study on your own any place that you have an Internet connection. This means:

  • If you need help with the math or the lesson, don't wait, ask;

  • If the computers or technology are causing a problem, let us know now, not tomorrow or the next time the problem comes up

We want students to interact with the faculty, we want you to be engaged in your own learning. We are committed to providing every students an individualized learning opportunity to get through the basic math they need.