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Self-paced Maths Bridging Course FAQ

A: No. The resources are freely available on our website, so anyone can access them at any time. You only need to contact us if you want to formally start the course and get a certificate.

A: We think you should allow 4-6 months to complete MathsTrack, though it may take much longer if you have not studied maths up to Year 11 level before.

A: The bridging course costs $355. (However it is free to access the resources from the MLC webpage.)

A: No. In fact, you are able to use MathsTrack as a prerequisite in order to get into the University in the first place.

A: Contact the MLC lecturers by phone (08 8313 5862), by email (mathslearning@adelaide.edu.au) or in person (Maths Learning Centre, Level 3 East, Hub Central).

A: Yes, if you like. But there will still be a $355 charge to do the course.

A: If you haven't submitted your first assignment, then just let us know and we'll remove you from the system. If you have already submitted your first assignment, then you still need to pay the $355.

A: No. The assessment is based on a written assignment for each topic separately.

A: BlackBoard is a company which creates online learning solutions for universities. BlackBoard Coursesites is a platform they manage where teachers can create an online learning system for their course. We use the CourseSite to manage the resources and communication for our bridging course.

A: This depends on your prior experience. It's best to talk to the MLC lecturers about which of the MathsStart books you might need to do before starting MathsTrack.

A: No. You still need to do all the assessments. However, you shouldn't need to study the material so hard before you attempt the assignments.

A: No. This is why we wait until you submit your first assignment before sending out the invoice.

A: Yes. You can take as long as you like. All we ask is that you keep in regular contact with us so we know you are still doing the course!

A: No. There is not enough time to finish MathsTrack between the end of Year 12 exams and the SATAC offers. This is partly because of the time it takes to generate an invoice for payment (and you can't be recorded as complete until you have paid), and partly because it takes time to mark your assignments.

A: There is a section of the SATAC form that asks about bridging courses - you can indicate you are doing MathsTrack there. SATAC will check with the University to see if you have completed the course when they calculate the university offers. We also recommend talking to an admissions officer at the University about the process of university entry (08 8313 5164).

A: Usually this is not a problem, but it is your responsibility to check with the admissions office of the university in question to confirm on a case-by-case basis.

A: No. If you need Specialist Maths as a prerequisite for your preferred degree, we recommend talking to an admissions officer about your options (08 8313 5164).

A: No. Our bridging course is not part of any University degree or diploma program, and so doesn't count towards a full-time study load.

A: No. Our bridging course is not part of any formal SACE program, and so doesn't count towards your SACE. If you still need to complete your SACE, we recommend talking to your school about the possibility of studying Maths Studies while still at school.

A: Definitely not! Firstly, MathsTrack is not recognised by SSABSA as part of the SACE. Secondly, it is much easier to learn maths in the school environment where you have face-to-face support from your teachers and classmates every day. We are concerned at the number of High School students considering using our bridging course to avoid studying Stage 2 Mathematical Studies as part of their SACE. We believe that it is poor advice to tell students to do a lower level of maths at school in order to improve ATAR scores and then use our course to cover pre-requisites. This is not the intended purpose of the course. It is much better to study the appropriate level of maths as part of your school program. If you are a student still at High School wanting to study our bridging course, we will contact your school to seek further information. Where you are genuinely unable to do Mathematical Studies at your school, we will be happy for you to complete our course. However, we want to be sure that an effort has been made to accommodate students studying the appropriate level of maths while at school.

A: Contact the MLC lecturers by phone (08 8313 5862), by email (mathslearning@adelaide.edu.au) or in person (Maths Learning Centre, Level 3, Hub Central).

 

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