Gateway: Tips and Tricks

Still having trouble entering your answers into the computer? This might help!

  1. Use the preview button! After you enter your answer, pressing "Preview" translates what you typed in into math the way you are used to seeing it. This is a great way to see if you made a typo. Are all the powers the way you want them? How about fractions? Parentheses?
  2. Go back and review your answers if you have time -- go through, hit "Preview" again, and make sure that the answer still looks right to you. Sometimes getting a little distance lets you see mistakes.
  3. In fact, take the entire 32 minutes that you are given on the exam. A warning will pop up when you are out of time, so you don't need to watch the clock that closely. Taking those extra few minutes to catch mistakes will keep you from having to take the entire exam again.
  4. Work each question, answer it, and then move on to the next one. Trying to work on multiple problems at once means that if time runs out, you will not get credit for work you have done.
  5. It might help to remember that the way you enter things on Maple TA is a lot like entering things into your calculator. You need to be extra careful of parentheses the same way you do there.
  6. Some people find it helpful to type in a "skeleton" answer first, and then fill in the parts of the answer. For example, if you know that you are doing a product rule problem, you would type in:
    ()*() + ()*()
    and then fill in the first and second parts and their derivatives in the correct spaces. This helps you keep track of where you are in typing in the answer, and helps you get the parentheses lined up correctly.
  7. Make sure that you are spelling abbreviations for functions correctly. Natural log seems to be the main culprit here -- it's abbreviated ln -- and those are L and N.
  8. Go back over old exams you've taken to make sure that you are not repeating mistakes. You can do that by following these instructions that tell you how to use the Gradebook.
  9. Be sure to look over the chart of symbols to make sure that you are typing exactly what you mean to type.
  10. Start taking Online Exams, not Practice Exams. You want the first one you pass to count!
  11. If you are not getting answers mathematically correct, talk to your instructor. They should be able to point you to the right part of your text book, or even help you fix your technique.

Still need help? Get in touch with the Gateway Team by sending an email to with the details.

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