Many courses of study at the Bielefeld University require a scientific approach to mathematical working techniques. These can occur in purely theoretical, mathematical contexts as well as in application-related problems. Both areas are hardly represented in school mathematics, which essentially deals with solution methods for certain types of tasks, and therefore represent a great challenge for students in their first year of study - and are often perceived as overstraining.
MathKom has set itself the goal of comprehensively reflecting on this fundamentally difficult transition from school to university mathematics, structuring it better and making it more transparent and accessible for students. To this end, the MathKom staff have analysed which mathematical competences should be acquired by first-year students in the introductory modules (and beyond) and at which points difficulties typically arise. This results in activities that support both students and teaching staff.
With our demand-oriented offer we support first-year students in entering their mathematically oriented subject (including pure mathematics) and strengthen their ability and independence in working with mathematical tools, models and structures. The aim is both to build on previous mathematical knowledge from school and to develop resilient basic ideas when acquiring new, mathematically-symbolically formulated technical terms.