University Mathematics Primer Course

Registration for the 2017 University Primer Course (August 14 - 25) is now open. Register early, as space is limited!

Ease your transition from high school to university by refreshing your mathematics skills in a two-week, hands-on refresher course.

The University Mathematics Primer Course is a non-credit course offered to help you transition from high school to university.  The course will refresh concepts studied in high school while in a setting similar to what you will be experiencing in September.

Most programs of study at the University of Alberta require a course in Mathematics.  The University Mathematics Primer Course will help to ensure that your mathematics skills are where they need to be in order to succeed in your university mathematics courses.  You will review topics including the real numbers, basic algebra, geometry, functions, exponents and logarithms, and trigonometry.

Students often find the transition from high school to university difficult.  The University Mathematics Primer Course will help ease this transition by providing an environment similar to what you will experience in your first-year courses in September.  There will be lessons presented each day in one of the lecture theatres on campus.  The lectures will be followed up by breakout work periods where you will have the opportunity to practice what was presented in the lectures.  In these breakout periods, you will work in small groups led by a Teaching Assistant from the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

A typical day of the University Mathematics Primer Course is as follows:

9:00 to 10:15 Lecture with course instructor
10:15 to 10:30
Break
10:30 to 11:45 Worksheet/Workshop with teaching assistant
11:45 to 12:15 Lunch
12:15 to 1:30 Lecture with course instructor
1:30 to 1:45 Break
1:45 to 3:00 Computer lab with teaching assistant

The registration fee is $250.

To register in the University Mathematics Primer Course, fill out the registration form and mail it with a cheque (made out to the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences) to the address provided on the form.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; register early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.

Student testimonials from prior University Mathematics Primer Courses:

  • "I haven't taken math for a year and a half so it was great to review."
  • "I feel prepared to go into Math 114 and excited for it."
  • "This [course] really helped to refresh my memory and clarify some concepts that I didn't really understand before."
  • "Great course – a huge wake up call for those who are apprehensive towards taking a University Math course."
  • "This course was an excellent idea and I'm glad it was available for me to take. I would be lost without all the reminders and tips."