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Math Study and Tutoring Resources

Free Tutoring Resources

Visit the MSLC Tutoring Services website to locate tutoring resources which have many no cost options for OSU students.

Regional Campuses have similar resources:

Additional Tutoring Resources

Tutors for Hire

The MSLC maintains a list of private tutors for hire. The tutors have either taught for the OSU math department, or have previously worked in the MSLC tutor rooms. The MSLC does not coordinate, schedule, or host private tutoring. To request the private tutor list, please email mslc@math.osu.edu from your OSU name.# email account.

The OSU Libraries website has a bank of free math study resources based upon your topic of interest.


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion may provide tutors for minority students in math courses, Math 1050, Precollege Mathematics I, through Math 1152, Calculus II. Students should contact Tutoring and Study Skills Program located in Hale Hall by calling 614-292-0964 or emailing odi-tutor@osu.edu or odi-studyskills@osu.edu.

Certified peer tutors are provided in math, physics, chemistry and more in several residence halls. Please see University Housing for more details regarding locations and times.

Tips for Math Anxiety and Success in College Math Classes

The transition from study mathematics in secondary school to college can be difficult for students. Students looking for additional help studying mathematics should review the following articles about mathematics in college.

Students that need additional help studying math or that have anxiety studying math should considering reading the following books.

  • Overcoming Math Anxiety, Shelia Tobias
  • Your Numbers Up, Ann Oxrieder and Janet Ray
  • Mind Over Math, Stanley Kogelman and Joseph Warren

Proof Writing

Transitioning to higher level mathematics can be difficult for students. Learning to write proofs is a critical skill in mathematics. It may be hard to determine which proof method is the best to use with so many options. Selecting a Proof Method is a quick guide that can help determine the best type of proof to use for a problem.

There are a number of resources available for students to better their skills writing mathematical proofs. Below is a list of various books that will improve proof writing.

  • Proofs and Fundamentals: A First Course in Abstract Mathematics, Ethan D. Bloch
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Proof, Antonella Cupillari
  • An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets and Functions, Peter J. Eccles
  • The Fundamentals of Higher Mathematics, Neil Falkner
  • Math Proofs Demystified, Stan Gibilisco
  • Theory and Problems of Set Theory and Related Topics (Schaum’s Outline), Lipschultz
  • How to Read and Do Proofs: An Introduction to Mathematical Thought Processes, Daniel Solow
  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics, Richard St. Andre (1971 PhD graduate of Ohio State!), D. Smith, and M. Eggen, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., Pacific Grove, CA., Fifth edition, January 2001
  • The Foundations of Mathematics, Stewart and Tall
  • How to Prove It: A structured Approach, Daniel J Velleman
  • Schaum’s Outline of Advanced Calculus, Second Edition, Robert C. Wrede and Murray Spiegel