Initial Publication Date: May 6, 2015


TMYN Levels The Playing Field

More than 3000 students were assigned The Math You Need, When You Need It modules as part of 106 geoscience courses at a variety of post-secondary schools. Changes in from pre- to post-test scores suggest that the support leveled the quantitative playing field for all geoscience students. On average, both high- and low-performing students who fully participated in the use of TMYN as a part of their course showed learning gains, however gains were greater for students performed most poorly on the pre-test. Our findings emphasize that students who interact with context-specific quantitative problems can improve their mathematical skills, regardless of initial level of mathematical preparation.

Selected publication:

Wenner, J. M. Baer, EMD and Burn HE (2014). Leveling the Quantitative Playing Field With The Math You Need, When You Need It. 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Effective in a variety of geoscience contexts

TMYN has been successfully used in a variety of higher education settings such as large research universities, regional universities, small liberal arts colleges, multi-campus urban 2-year colleges and small rural and suburban community colleges. TMYN has been used successfully in upper level courses such as Geomorphology, Hydrology and Field Methods, a variety of introductory level geology courses including Physical Geology, Environmental Geology and Earth System Science and other introductory geoscience courses such as Physical Geography, Meteorology and Oceanography. In each case, students improved their quantitative skills as measured by pre- and post-test changes.

Selected publications:

JM Wenner; HE Burn; EM Baer (2012) Improving Geoscience Students' Quantitative Skills with The Math You Need, When You Need It. In the Trenches, v.2, 2012, p.

Wenner, J. M. Baer, EMD and Burn HE (2013). Successful Mathematics Preparation For Undergraduate Geoscience Courses Using The Math You Need, When You Need It Across Dozens Of Courses And Institutions. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 311

TMYN effectively remediates mathematics

Up to 57% of students arrive at college underprepared to perform mathematics at the level necessary to succeed in introductory geoscience courses which rely on numbers, data, equations, graphical representations, and other quantitative skills. Although some institutions have turned to prerequisites as a way to ensure appropriate preparation, these extra courses can place undue financial, temporal, and academic burdens on interested students, keeping them from enrolling in science courses that may interest them. As an alternative to mathematics prerequisites, TMYN helps students use mathematics in their geoscience courses.

Selected publications:

JM Wenner, EM Baer, and HE. Burn. (2013) Discipline‐Based Remediation: Bridging the Mathematics Gap. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 94.41: 361-362.

HE Burn, EM Baer, and JM Wenner (2013). Embedded Mathematics Remediation Using the The Math You Need, When You Need It: A 21st Century Solution to an Age-Old Problem. About Campus 18.5 22-25.

JM Wenner, HE Burn, EM Baer (2011). The Math You Need, When You Need It: Online Modules That Remediate Mathematical Skills in Introductory Geoscience Courses. Journal of College Science Teaching 41 (1), 16-24


A more complete list of publications including abstracts is available on the publications page.