Transitional Studies
Pellissippi State Art Department

Learning Support Mathematics

The Learning Support Mathematics program is designed to prepare you for college-level courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, business, technological fields or mathematics proper. Whether you are returning to school after a long absence or have recently graduated from high school, our goal is to help you pass your required Leaning Support Mathematics courses within one semester. We use both classroom activities and individualized computer-based instruction to help you achieve this goal.

Shell Course Descriptions

The following two courses are sometimes called “shell” courses because they are worth zero (0) credits but provide a designated instructor as well as a time and location to meet. See chart below for registration information.

  • MATH 0800: Learning Support Mathematics
  • MATH 0820: Accelerated Learning Support Mathematics

Course Descriptions

The following courses are each worth one (1) credit. See chart below for registration information.

Placement in Courses

New students enter the course determined by the Placement Test. Returning students enter at the first of any remaining uncompleted courses.

Use the following chart to determine the courses for which you must register.

Entering course Register for shell course Also register for course(s)
MATH 0801 MATH 0800 MATH 0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805
MATH 0802 MATH 0800 MATH 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805
MATH 0803 MATH 0800 MATH 0803, 0804, 0805
MATH 0804 MATH 0820 MATH 0804, 0805
MATH 0805 MATH 0820 MATH 0805

Required Materials

  1. Cognitive Tutor Software Registration Materials (approximately $60 for one-year license)
  2. TI-83 or TI-84 graphics calculator (approximately $100 new, cheaper used).
  3. Math 0800 Classroom Activity Packet (approximately $11)
  4. Math 0800 Review Packet (approximately $14)

Working in Courses

You work through each required course with the aid of the computer software, the instructor, and the tutors in the Leaning Commons. You must keep up with the schedule for passing courses throughout the semester. You may work through the required courses more quickly if you want to.  Once you have passed MATH 0805, you are no longer required to attend shell course sessions.


Each 1-credit course is graded independently. You must pass course exams at mastery level of at least 80% in order to receive a passing grade of C, B or A. You must maintain sufficient attendance of shell course sessions in order to remain eligible for a passing grade in any uncompleted courses.

Attendance Policy

The attendance policy for Learning Support Mathematics is the same as for the college in general: you must be present for 75% of the scheduled class days. You are required to spend 2 additional hours working on mathematics in the Learning Commons each week beyond the scheduled class meetings for a 14-week semester (4 hours per week in the summer session).


If you are currently a high school student participating in the SAILS course click here to register.