Springboard - a COVID-19 online adaptation

Under normal circumstances, we run an on campus program that brings students to campus a week early to work on math materials to support transition.  Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to provide that on-campus activity.  

A crucial component of that course included introduction to faculty and grad students, study skills as tailored to our math program, and  an introduction to all the technology tools that we use in our math course.   Additionally, it proved a great opportunity to develop a new group of friends before the semester starts.   We will be delivering a much reduced online version of this opportunity during the week before start of classes.  Please stay tuned for details.

CU Math & Book Requirements

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.

CU Math Home page

The program begins on June 30 and ends August 15, 2020. 


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.