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The Polya Approach

Hybrid Courses

Unlike high school math courses– the Polya Math Learning Center allows you to learn at a pace and in the style that works for you.

There are two weekly participation requirements:

  • Focus group meeting
  • Required time in the Polya Lab

Additional coursework is completed individually online.

Focus Group Meetings

During the weekly focus group meeting, the leader will provide guidance on how to be successful in the coming week:

  • study strategies
  • announcements and due dates
  • explanations of current course material

Polya Lab

During the required time in the labs, you will complete assignments online. The lab allows you to progress past topics that you already understand and instead focus your effort on subjects for which you might need better understanding.

But you’re not learning “on your own” in Polya! The most important aspect of the Polya approach, and the thing that makes it all work, is the individualized help available through Polya tutors in the lab. When you encounter something you can’t quite figure out, a tutor will help you get moving again. The Polya Lab is open over 80 hours each week.

Math 108 & Math 143

Placement in Math 108 and 143 is based on students ACT, SAT, or placement test scores.

Questions? Comments?

Contact us:


Physical Address:
Brink Hall 300

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1103
Moscow, ID 83844-1103

Phone: 208-885-6742

Fax: 208-885-5843


Web: Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science