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Polya Math Learning Center

Our pre-calculus and algebra courses (Math 108, 143, and 144) use an innovative instructional approach through the Polya Math Learning Center. The Polya Math Center, located in Brink-Finney Hall, uses technology to individualize the learning experience for each of our pre-calculus students. Additionally, beginning calculus courses (Math 160, 170, and 175) are supported with tutoring in the Polya Math Center’s Calculus Room.

Pre-calculus and algebra students are provided numerous options so that they can choose those educational tools that best suit their learning styles.
These options include:

  • Online Homework
  • Short topical videos and examples
  • Tutor-supported lab work
  • Traditional lectures for students who prefer them
  • Detailed course notebooks
  • Multiple tries at exams

The Polya Approach

Polya transforms the often destructive social dynamic of "one size fits all" classroom lectures into an adaptive structure that caters to individual student needs. Students attend weekly focus group meetings to share learning strategies, ask questions on course material, and stay on task. But most of their learning will take place through individual work in the Polya Lab supported by tutors. Learn more about the course set-up for the Polya Approach.

Math 108, Math 143, and Math 144

The Polya Math Center uses the Polya Approach for Math 108, Math 143, and Math 144.

Math 160, Math 170, and Math 175

The tutor-supported calculus study room plus other course resources are available for Math 160, Math 170, and Math 175 at the Polya Math Center.

Polya Lab Hours of Operation

Day Open Close
Monday 8 a.m. 9 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. 9 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. 9 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday Noon 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon 8 p.m.

Polya Math Learning Center

The center offers innovative instructional approach for Math 108, 143 and 144 and tutoring support for Math 160, 170, and 175.

Visit the center


Physical Address:
Brink Hall 300

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1103
Moscow, ID 83844-1103

Phone: 208-885-6742

Fax: 208-885-5843


Web: Department of Mathematics