First-Year Learning Communities: Mathematics

A Mathematics First-Year Learning Community (FLC, pronounced "flick") will provide you with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with Mathematics instructors, upper-year students, alumni and other first-year students. It will also support your transition to U of T and help you learn different skills to succeed in your academic journey.

Students admitted to the Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category can apply for the MAT157 FLC or the MAT137 FLC based on your interest and future program goals. Learn more about which first-year mathematics course would be best for you.

Apply to a Mathematics FLC

  • Application deadline: July 2, 2024 at 12 p.m. ET
  • All successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance into the FLC program and receive further details by July 15, 2024.

Apply to a Mathematics FLC

Eligibility

  • First-year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who have been admitted to the Physical and Mathematical Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Students living off campus are encouraged to apply to be part of a Mathematics FLCs

MAT157 FLC Course Overview

By joining a FLC, you will have the opportunity to connect with a small group of students in regular FLC sessions and core first-year courses. Students in the MAT157 FLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every week starting September 11, 2024.

In addition to your FLC sessions, you will be automatically enrolled into three of the same first-year courses (and accompanying tutorials) as the other students in your FLC. These courses include:

  • MAT157Y1Y: Analysis I
  • MAT240H1F: Algebra I
  • MAT247H1-S: Algebra II

During course enrolment, you will have the option to choose additional courses to complete your first-year course schedule. The courses you are pre-enrolled in with your FLC are the core courses that all your FLC peers will be enrolled in. However, if you have a conflict between these core courses and any new courses that you will be adding to your schedule, you have the option to change your course section. Visit the New Student Guide for more information about course selection and enrolment.

Course Name Course Code Section Day of Week Time
MAT157 FLC MAT099Y1-Y Lecture 0201 Wednesday 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Analysis I MAT157Y1-Y Lecture 0101 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tutorial 0201 Tuesday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Algebra I MAT240H1-F Lecture 0101 Tuesday, Thursday Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Tutorial 0201 Thursday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Course Name Course Code Section Day of Week Time
MAT157 FLC MAT099Y1-Y Lecture 0201 Wednesday 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Analysis I MAT157Y1-Y Lecture 0101 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 p.m – 1 p.m.
Practical 0201 Tuesday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Algebra II MAT247H1-S Lecture 0101 Tuesday, Thursday Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Tutorial 0201 Thursday 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Your FLC Team

Alex Lewis

Program(s): Computer science specialist, mathematics minor

Year: Two 

College: University College 

Hometown: San Jose, California 

Why peer mentorship? Navigating the transition to university life can be difficult. I’d like to help support first-year students through this  by serving as a resource to them and  fostering a strong and supportive community. 

What are you looking forward to this academic year? I’m looking forward to getting more involved on campus and meeting more people. 

What advice would you give to first-year students? Don’t be afraid to try new things! 

Ceren Sahin

Program(s): Mathematics specialist, physics minor

Year: Two 

College: Trinity College 

Hometown: Türkiye 

What activities have you been involved in on campus? I have been elected as the vice-president of Socials in the Math Union for the upcoming academic year. I am currently participating in a directed reading program on set theory. I play intramural table tennis in Trinity's table tennis team. I am the events organizer at Trinity College Music Council. 

Why peer mentorship? I want to get more involved in the math community. 

What are you looking forward to this academic year? I am looking forward to learning more math and doing research! 

What advice would you give to first-year students? There is nothing you cannot understand in math if you spend enough time. Everything makes sense sooner or later. 


MAT137 FLC Course Overview

By joining a FLC, you will have the opportunity to connect with a small group of students in regular FLC sessions and core first-year courses. Students in the MAT137 FLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week starting September 10, 2024.

In addition to your FLC sessions, you will be automatically enrolled into three of the same first-year courses (and accompanying tutorials) as the other students in your FLC. These courses include:

  • MAT137Y1-Y: Calculus with Proofs
  • MAT223H1-F: Linear Algebra I
  • MAT224H1-S: Linear Algebra II

During course enrolment, you will have the option to choose additional courses to complete your first-year course schedule. The courses you are pre-enrolled in with your FLC are the core courses that all your FLC peers will be enrolled in. However, if you have a conflict between these core courses and any new courses that you will be adding to your schedule, you have the option to change your course section. Visit the New Student Guide for more information about course selection and enrolment.

Course Name Course Code Section Day of Week Time
MAT137 FLC MAT099Y1-Y Lecture 0101 Tuesday 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Calculus with Proofs MAT137Y1-Y Lecture 0301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tutorial 0601 Wednesday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Linear Algebra I MAT223H1-F Lecture 0701 Wednesday, Friday Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tutorial 0704 Monday 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Course Name Course Code Section Day of Week Time
 MAT137 FLC MAT099Y1-Y Lecture 0101 Tuesday 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Calculus with Proofs MAT137Y1-Y Lecture 0301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tutorial 0601 Wednesday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Linear Algebra II  MAT224H1-S Lecture 0401 Tuesday, Thursday Tuesday: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tutorial 0301 Thursday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Your FLC Team

Daniel Litt

Department: Mathematics

Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Tell us about yourself. I'm a math professor, working in algebraic geometry and number theory.
 
Why are you interested in being a staff advisor/faculty advisor for FLCs? It's nice to meet undergraduates interested in mathematics!
 
What is one piece of advice you want to give to first-year students?
Don't worry too much about grades if you can manage it — the value of a class is in learning the material, not in the final evaluation!

 

Ayushi Verma

Program(s): Computer science, mathematics

 

 

Year: Two  

College: University College 

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario 

What activities have you been involved in on campus? I have been involved in the U of T K-Pop Dance Club (UTKDC). I was a leader of Recognized Study Group (RSG) during the first semester. 

Why peer mentorship? It is inspiring to be a part of the journey of first-year students and to share similar experiences I had to help guide them through their initial steps in university. 

What are you looking forward to this academic year? I look forward to another exciting year at the university and gaining more knowledge, experience and the ability to support first-year students and my peers. 

What advice would you give to first-year students? Relax and enjoy the roller coaster! Although it may be challenging initially, I know you will get through this! You will look back at this with a smile and forever cherish it. 

 

 

Felina Yang

Program(s): Economics, mathematics 

 

 

Year: Two 

College: St. Michael's College 

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia 

What activities have you been involved in on campus? Varsity board, Varsity tennis. 

Why peer mentorship? I took part in a FLC program in my first year and I really enjoyed it. I made a close friend and the program helped to ensure that I had a familiar face in many of my classes. I went through a lot of different experiences in my first year and I would love to help new first years in any way that I can. I look forward to helping the new first years in my FLC adjust to university life! 

What are you looking forward to this academic year? I am looking forward to creating a nice balance between my studies, friends/family and sports. Having a balanced life is really important to me. 

What advice would you give to first-year students? Don't stress too much! I know, this advice is hard for me to follow too, but if you don't quite know what you want to study or if you aren't liking your current courses, you have a lot of freedom to change things around.