Saturday, April 2, 2011

Math Anxiety Week @ the Jessup Library

Do you feel nervous before a math test, or does your mind just go blank? Do you feel that math is not for you, that you don't have the "math gene" or that you're a hopeless case? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be suffering from math anxiety, a common condition that causes people to have negative reactions towards mathematics.

Fear not, help is at hand! The Jessup Library invites you to visit us during our Math Anxiety Week (April 18 - 22). During this week you will have the opportunity to
  • meet the math faculty, as well as the Learning Center math tutors

  • examine some fun books about math

  • play math-related games

  • learn some math tricks, such as speed calculations

  • learn how to banish math anxiety from your mind

  • learn what career doors math opens for you
Besides all of the above, we have two special events: On April 18, during College Hour (12:20 - 1:15 p.m.) and again at 6:30 p.m. we will have a Chocolate Math Therapy session. Come munch chocolate while you learn how to combat math anxiety! Math faculty, tutors and librarians will show you strategies for dealing with anxiety and will teach you some tricks and fun things you can do with math.

On April 20th, again during College Hour, we will have Coffee & Pi. Come have coffee and a slice of pie while you play some math games (some for prizes!), learn some math tricks and mingle with faculty, tutors and librarians.

Don't let math scare you! Studies have shown there is no such thing as a math gene, and that women and men both have the same ability to learn math. Come to the library and learn to squash your math fears!

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Book a Librarian!


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Attention students! Is research getting you down? Would you like to take your skills to the next level? Then check out the Jessup Library's "Book a Librarian" program! The program offers one-hour, small-group workshops designed to focus on specific areas of need:
  • Citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.)

  • Power Boolean searching

  • Web site evaluation

  • Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it

  • How to use specific databases (ARTStor, APA PsycNET, Factiva, etc.)

  • Primary vs. secondary sources (in science, literature, and history)

  • How to chase citations and footnotes

  • How to find statistics

  • How to use print reference works
How do you book a librarian?
  • Find 3 or more friends to form a group (Note: minimum number of students is 3, and maximum number is 8).

  • Contact the library at, or by phone at 434.961.5309.
The program is currently only available from 1 to 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday. Please book your workshop 48 hours or more in advance. Workshops are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops with fewer than 3 people present will be canceled.