M.A.T.H. Tips: Vol. 4

The end of the semester is here, and this means simultaneous winding down of the Fall semester and gearing up for Spring. We have some tips and tricks to help you make the transition along with a plethora of book and movie suggestions to enjoy during the break.
We will be sharing many new tips accumulated at AMATYC in November in the future issues! Great News! We were able to donate $500 to the AMAYTC Student Math League thanks to our generous contributors of your M.A.T.H. tips at our booth.


Winding Down & Gearing Up!
  1. Next semester prep – It’s hard to believe that as one semester ends we are often full steam into preparation for the next. Setting “due by” goals for the next semester can help manage time at the end of Fall and set you up for a successful start to Spring.
  2. Plan for innovation – Want to change your course but don’t have enough time between Fall and Spring for a full redesign? Identify areas where you can introduce innovation during the Spring semester. Small changes can make an old course seem new again and give you ideas for the bigger change you might want to implement.
  3. Office organization – The end of the semester can be frenetic with multiple assignments to be graded, a sudden influx of students and the beginnings of preparation for the next semester. Taking a few minutes to organize now can help set the tone for an easy start the next semester.
  4. Out of Office dates – In the time between semesters, remember to set your out-of-office messaging. This helps anxious former students and eager new students from sending multiple emails and gives you time to enjoy the break.


Learn, Read, Watch:
  1. Math in the world, AMS published articles on how math appears in a variety of areas.
  2. Wonder how math and art collide? Here are some artists inspired by math.
  1. Anathem by Neal Stephenson – Heavy tone, not specifically about math, but interesting science fiction with themes of quantum mechanics and the many worlds theory.
  2. Leaning Towards Infinity by Sue Woolfe – The story of an Australian woman who wins a contest for the best mathematical theory from an amateur mathematician.
  3. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.
  1. The Imitation Game – During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code.
  2. Agora – A movie about the 4th century A.D., astronomer and philosopher Hypatia.
  3. The Man Who Knew Infinity – The story of life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.


Did you miss? Math Technology Newsletter:

Our Fall Technology newsletter is posted here. View or print the PDF.

  • Campus Spotlight: Placement Partnerships Product Increases Collegiate Math entry to 74.5%
  • Tech Tips: The Top Instructor and Student Tips Every CHBA and ALEKS User Should Know
  • Tech Updates: The Latest Improvements for CHBA & ALEKS
  • Ed Tech Corner: Relevance & Research
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