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Sharpen your math skills in a non-credit math course or workshop! 

The Math Education Center offers FREE math education courses and workshops based on student interests and needs. Upcoming classes are listed below with a link to register when applicable. The schedule will also be posted on the Cardinal Learning Commons bulletin board next to the tutoring schedule.

Workshops are regularly held in the Cardinal Learning Commons or at NIC in Sandpoint. Be sure to check the location, date, and time info before signing up for a workshop.

Math Refresh & Review (Math R&R)

Math Refresh and Review is a short non-credit math workshop series offering students an opportunity to improve their math skills, prepare to take the ALEKS Math placement assessment, and prepare to succeed in their first or next math course.

Students receive small group instruction and one-on-one support in combination with math practice using web-based learning tools. This workshop will utilize interesting math activities, and ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL), a web-based program that creates an individualized Preparation and Learning Module to help students refresh their math skills.

These Workshops are usually facilitated in July/August and Early to mid-December. This course is free. Students with an expired ALEKS PPL account may need to purchase an ALEKS PPL license to participate in the course. Please wait until the first meeting to confirm you may need an ALEKS account (you might not need one). The current license fee is about $25.00.

Register for our Summer 2024 Workshops (July 8 through Aug. 8 )

For more information or specific questions, please contact Sarah Adams - Math Education Center Coordinator at (208) 676-7139.

Math In Your Path Workbooks with Support

The Math In Your Path workbooks are designed as independent study modules for topics in Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra respectively. This is a non-credit course, so students will still need to take a proctored math assessment to enroll in a math class. Not all students find this study system ideal for their timeline. Usually, we find this system ideal if the following is true of you:

  1. You never learned this content in high school or it has been 10 + years since your last math class
  2. You want a linear, guided progression through content
  3. You prefer videos over text instruction that is aligned with every type of math exercise
  4. You like taking detailed notes to refer back to later
  5. You like the idea of independent study but plan to come to the MEC when you start your homework sets

There are 5 modules in Pre-Algebra and 5 modules in Elementary Algebra. If the topics are reviewed on pace with a semester, students will complete about 1 module every 2 to 3 weeks, but some students will work through a module in just a few days. Pacing depends on how much time is available to dedicate to the work. Tutors in the MEC are familiar with the Math In Your Path workbooks and can guide students through the content and get technical support when needed.

The Math In Your Path workbooks are distributed to NIC students after meeting with a Math Consultant and after devising a study plan that will provide a productive pace to meet a math goal in an upcoming semester. Not every student will have the time to commit to independent study at this level. It is critical to meet with an advisor before registering for a math class.

For more information or specific questions, please contact Sarah Adams - Math Education Center Coordinator at 208-676-7139. 

TERC Workshop Series

The Math Education Center at NIC is excited to continue its pilot of TERC’s robust EMPower class activities in the form of weekly project-based workshops. These workshops are free and open to NIC staff and students.

TERC was founded over 55 years ago. Initially, their name was the Technical Education Research Center but now are just “TERC” and they are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more about TERC visit

The time and location for the fall semester of 2023 will be announced on August 29th

Homework/Tutoring Workshop

This semester, the CND and MEC are launching a Homework/Tutoring Workshop. This workshop will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm in LKH 137. This is a big group homework session, where you log into a computer or your laptop and work on your homework. If you are a GED student, you can come to study for your GED.

  • If you are confused by Canvas or SimNet, we are there to problem solve.
  • If you aren’t sure what your instructor wants from an assignment, we are here to help.
  • If you need assistance planning out your week of school work, we can map it out with you.
  • If you need help with a math problem, we will have a math tutor available (this isn’t for advanced math classes)

Coming to this workshop every week and committing these hours to your studies will help you crush this semester of school! By coming, you have accountability to work on your assignments, and you have someone else nearby who is available if you have a question – in real-time! If you are nervous about school/classes or you have struggled in the past getting homework done/getting good grades – THIS IS FOR YOU! And if you just want to come hang out and do homework, join us!
If you need to bring your kids, that is okay as long as they aren’t highly disruptive to the rest of the group. Please bring an engaging activity for them to do while you are working on your homework.