Blackboard tutorials in first year mathematics
Probably the most important message that we must give to students doing first year mathematics is that, to have any chance of success in mathematics, a student must actually do mathematics. No amount of listening to lectures or reading textbooks can substitute for attempting problems. For this reason tutorials are an extremely important part of our subjects, particularly those in first year. This importance is borne out by student surveys which indicate that students learn more from tutorials than they do from lectures. Unfortunately tutorials are expensive to run and so we must make the most of our opportunities.