Math Department Workshops

The Math Department at San Jose State University now offers a series of workshops designed to help student succeed and excel in Math courses. Students who participate in workshops tend to earn an average grade 0.5 to 1.0 point higher than those who do not participate in the workshops.

In the workshops, students work together in small groups on challenging problems to help them understand concepts covered in their classes more deeply and lay the groundwork for success in future math courses. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the workshops and to form student study groups and continue working on their homework together outside of class. The Math Department computer lab, located in MacQuarrie Hall 221 offers study space and drop-in tutoring.

Math Lab Hours - Math Tutoring Schedule

Required Workshops for Math 19, 30, 30P, 31 and 71

Students in Math 19, Math 30, Math 30P, Math 31 and Math 71 are required to sign up for the corresponding workshop (Math 19W, Math 30W, Math 31W, Math 71W) at the same time that they sign up for their lecture course, Math 19, Math 30, Math 30P, Math 31 or Math 71. The lecture course and the workshop must both be in the shopping cart at the same time when before checking out.

Math 30PL

Math 30PL covers the same material as Math 30P. It is taught in a large lecture format with small lab sections.

The main benefit of taking Math 30PL instead of Math 30P/30W is that all the students in Math 30PL labs are also all in the same lecture. Because of that, the curriculum of the workshop correlates more closely with the curriculum of the lecture. Unlike Math 30W sections which consist of students from multiple sections of Math 30 & Math 30P which move through topics at a different pace. The only reason to choose Math 30P over Math 30PL is if a student is at their unit cap and has to Opt-Out of the co-requisite workshop, Math 30W.

Students who pass Math 30PL are eligible to enroll in Math 31.

Opting Out of a Required Workshop

While we strongly encourage all students to take the workshops for Math 19, Math 30, Math 30P, Math 31 and Math 71, students can opt out of a required workshop by filling out the online form. Before opting out of the workshop, we ask students to attend at least one workshop and supply us with a reason why you are unable to take the workshop. It is especially important for all students with less than a B in a prerequisite course to take the workshop since they are at a much higher risk of not passing the course. See the Opt-Out Information page to find out more.

Changing Workshops

Changing a workshop after the First Day of Instruction can be done by obtaining a Permission Number for the new workshop then approach the Registrar's Office with the Permission Number and other appropriate information or coming into the Math Office in MacQuarrie Hall 308 to help you switch the workshops while allowing you to stay enrolled in the same lecture.

Optional Workshops

Optional workshops are offered for Math 8, Math 32, Math 42, Math 123, and Math 133A. While students are again strongly encouraged to take these workshops (Math 8W, Math 32W, Math 42W, Math 123W, and Math 133W), they are not required to sign up for the workshop when they register for the course.