Ordinarily, the student may look to several readily available sources for help with their homework for free. Some of these may include, the Internet, the student’s Instructor, other math Instructors, the library, older and upper class math students, or other math majors at the school.

  • Teachers and Students
  • Often times if the student merely asks the Instructor, he or she would be happy to be of assistance. Whether the assistance is offered after class, or at a specific time and place, or even over the phone, it could be helpful. If the Instructor cannot help the student, he may be able to direct the student toward some resources, which would be helpful. There may be one or more math Instructors that aren’t as busy as the student’s own Instructor. Another Instructor may be able to explain things in a way that is more understandable to the student than the information he is receiving from his own Instructor. Most schools have a system set up which can provide tutors for the student. This is an area, which can be explored. Then, as the saying says, ‘Ask and ye shall receive’. If the student asks in the Mathematics Department, he or she should be able to get some help.

  • Acceptance
  • Acceptance is an important part of getting help. If the student asks for some help in the Department and is told that an Instructor is not available, and would an upperclassman work, it would be helpful if the student accepted this help. Being humble and amenable to help is half the battle of getting help. Before asking for the help, if the student really, really tries to read, study, and understand the work, writes down the questions, tries to cross reference the answers and explanations in several different sources before asking for help, he or she may be able to absorb an understanding of the subject more completely.

  • The Library and the Librarian
  • The librarian at the library would be an excellent resource. Some source books the student can ask for include, “Abstract Algebra”, by W.E. Deskins, “Abstract  Algebra”, by John E. Maxfield, “Algebra”, by Larry C. Grove, “Advanced Calculus”, by N.E. Steenrod, et al, “Advanced Calculus”, by Avner Friedman, “Applied Matrix Algebra”, by Alexander Basilevsky, and many, many others. It would probably be best to consult librarian about what supplemental text books would be best to look at. In addition to text books, there is much supplemental material, such as workbooks, guides, Internet websites and search engines to explore. Even Smart Phones may have access to some applications that could be of help.Let the student consult with one of these math Instructors or students to help guide him or her to the proper resources. Help is available.