REACH - University of Louisville

Speed Calculus Preview Program - Summer 2015

What is the Speed Calculus Preview Program?

Speed School of EngineeringREACH handThe Calculus Preview Program is a four-week, intensive review program for intermediate algebra and advanced algebra skills.  The program requires on site or online instructor-led review sessions.  These review sessions offer fast-paced instruction in a self-paced format.  In addition, online computer sessions provide practice, supplemental instruction, and skills tests for each week of the program.  Students must work to task completing weekly assignments and tests for successful completion of the program.  If a student successfully completes the program, he or she will be better prepared to handle the rigorous first few weeks of her/his first SPEED engineering course.

Is this program for you?

First-year engineering students with an ACT math subscore below 27 are required to take an online diagnostic test, the SPEED Algebra Readiness Exam, to determine their readiness for their first engineering calculus course. This test is taken before orientation and information regarding the test is provided to students in pre-orientation materials. The test results will indicate if a student will benefit from a review of intermediate and advanced algebra skills to be better prepared for ENGR 101 (Engineering Analysis I). Check with the Speed Advising Center or with Carrye Wilkins at 502-852-7434.

SPEED Algebra Readiness Exam Instructions

What are the advantages of the Speed Calculus Preview Program?

Students who successfully complete this program experience an intense review which may help them earn higher grades in Engineering Analysis I, ENGR 101. This program includes material specifically designed to prepare students for the first two exams.

How does it work?

This program is a four-week session, offered either on-site or online, from July 6 to July 31.

For the onsite program, students attend sessions Monday through Friday from 11 AM  to 1:00 PM. A program facilitator and tutors will be available to provide assistance as students work independently on their computer assignments in a browser based program, MathXL.  Attendance, participation, and achievement are required for program completion and success.

The REACH Math Resource Center will provide additional drop-in tutoring support Monday – Thursday from 10 AM – 5 PM. 
For the online program, students will work independently using a browser-based program, MathXL, on their computers. A program facilitator will monitor student progress and be available to answer student questions during scheduled office hours or within 24 hours.

For both onsite and online versions of this program, students must stay on schedule and complete online homework and tests with an 80% average. If a student tends to procrastinate and complete assignments at the last minute, he or she may not be successful in this review program.


What is the cost?

The program fee is $50.00.  Each student must also purchase an access code to MathXL for $60.50 (paid online to the software company).  In addition, onsite students can purchase a campus parking permit which costs approximately $10 each week from the UofL parking office.  The $50 program fee is due to REACH by July 6, 2015.

How Do I Enroll?

Apply to the program online or print and mail in an application any time before July 6 for the summer session. Eligible students will be sent letters of invitation and/or may be referred by an advisor.

The fee includes all testing and instructional materials.  Payments may be made by:

  1. Cash brought to REACH office (Don’t mail cash)
  2. Check or Money Order made payable to "University of Louisville." 
  3. Credit card


Where Can I Get More Information?

For answers to more specific questions, please contact:

Carrye Wilkins
Strickler Hall, Room 243
(502) 852-7434

Megan Helton
Strickler Hall, Room 126E
(502) 852-3609

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Hours & Location

Math Resource Center Strickler Hall 226 East
Phone: 852-7434

Fall & Spring
Mon. - Thur. 9:00am - 7:00pm
Fri. 9:00am - 2:00pm

Mon. - Thur. 10:00am - 5:00pm