OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Saturday, August 9


QUESTION: Hi, I'm going into my 1A term in the Faculty of Mathematics at UW this September. For those of you in your upper years in the Faculty of Mathematics would you say university ended up being as hard as you thought it would be? I want to get an idea of what kind of difficulty level I have to look forward to. How many hours will I be studying a week? What marks should I expect? etc.


  1. Your type of question gets asked by thousands of frosh ever year. The answer everyone will tell you (for good reason) is:

    It really depends on your personal ability to learn and your motivation.

    Protip: Don't fall behind. Also find a good work life balance.

    Enjoy the new start!

  2. Prepare to have no free time. Uw is insane. Whatever you think it will be like it's worse

  3. I would say for me it was a lot harder than expected my 1st year in the math faculty (although i wasn't sure what to expect). My marks ranged from ~60-85 and I was an A+ student in high school. It took a while for me to adjust to the new school environment. You really need to study all the time including weekends.I would say 2nd year got a lot easier after the foundations were set and my marks jumped up to ~80-100.

  4. First year math for me was hard. I am not as strong in math as many of my peers though, so that was to be expected. I'm a CS student, and I much prefer the CS aspects of my degree more than the math parts. I was also used to doing well in high school without putting much effort in, and that was absolutely not the case here.

    After 1A and 1B, things got easier.

  5. First term math for me was awful mainly because I made some poor choices.
    I started off in the wrong program, struggled with pretty much all of my classes, was a complete shut-in trying to focus on school, got sick, was super stressed out about everything, and in the end I nearly failed out.
    Second term was easier since I made much better choices, was able to find a work-life balance that works for me and I actually managed to do reasonably in class!

    My biggest advice for you is to find a work-life balance that works for you so you actually enjoy yourself here ^^
    Everyone's experience is different, but if you ever find yourself struggling, also don't be afraid to ask for help.

  6. I got 98 in highschool calc (highest mark), and 95 (highest mark) in CS.

    I won (top in school) the canadian computing competition and UW highschool math comp (Euclid, i think it was called).

    I got 60% in Calc 1 at UW.

    Don't underestimate it, but honestly I was a retard first year and just drank and got laid first year.

    No regrets

  7. Do not underestimate the difficulty. I tool AP calculus AB and BC and got 5 on both, and I still find Math147 and 148 challenging. But they are really fun and rewarding if you put a lot of effort into it. This school is not for people looking for an easy degree, but for people who really want and love to learn.

    1. Lol, I don't want or love to learn, I just want a decent job

    2. same, and I am flunking my courses so...

  8. Just do the assignments and you'll be fine. Among me and my friends marks were directly proportional to the number of assignments we did.