Springboard to Calculus: An on-campus bootcamp

Students move in to their academic year rooms 9 days early and begin the process of settling in to college campus life. The coursework runs about 3 hours in the morning and about an hour in the afternoon. We familiarize students with the books, software, and system they will use in first year calculus, while allowing them to work with instructors and graduate teaching assistants, exposing them to the college approach to learning. While reviewing essential topics from algebra, trigonometry and geometry, students acclimate to campus before fall classes begin. Provides students an early opportunity to establish a cohort group of like minded students and build the team study skills characteristic of highly successful Clarkson students.    

This program is a pay program. Students can enroll in this program through Clarkson Portal.

CUMath: an Online Math Refresher for STEM majors

CU Math

This is a web-based program open to any student. To get a good result from this program, you need to put in about five hours a week for seven weeks.

Signup for CUMath is via the Let's Get Tech Program

The program ends August 14, 2022


There are many books for pre-calculus courses. Here are some inexpensive ones that have lots of exercises.

  • Cliffs Quick Reviews (Algebra II, Trigonometry)
  • Schaum's Outline Series (Precalculus, College Algebra, Trigonometry)
  • Bob Miller's Calc for the Clueless: Precalc with Trigonometry
  • Barron's Trigonometry the Easy Way, Barron's Algebra the Easy Way

Private Tutoring

You may be able to find a private tutor. It doesn't have to be a math teacher, just someone who knows whether you're doing a problem right or wrong and can explain the right way. This can be a great way to get ready. Here are some pointers.

Get a book and do exercises, about one hour daily, five days a week. The important thing is to get lots of practice. Don't use a calculator for anything. Calculators are not allowed on Calculus tests at Clarkson.