The B or Better Program

The “B or Better Program” is an exclusive program designed to help students succeed in MATH-M 118 (Finite Math) and MATH-M 119 (A Brief Survey of Calculus). Here is a short description of how the program works:

  • During instructional weeks, students attend two 45-minute lessons in-person. Lesson 1 is offered on Monday and Tuesday, and Lesson 2 is offered on Wednesday and Thursday. These lessons are taught in our “Group Sessions”.  Here is the groups schedule:

         For Finite Math: Groups occur Monday and Wednesday at 10:25am, 1:50pm, and 4:15pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 11:35am and 3:05pm

         For Brief Survey of Calculus: Groups occur Monday and Wednesday 11:35am and 3:05pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 10:25am, 1:50pm, and 4:15pm

  • Supplementing each in-person lesson is a virtual lesson demonstrating how the strategies we taught in the lessons apply to WebWork (this is the online homework IU assigns to students). To be clear, there is NOT additional homework assigned by CTS to program participants!
  • During the week that immediately precedes each exam, students attend between 3 and 6 hours of test review. These are extremely important as exams constitute a high percentage of each student’s overall grade. A scheduling note: exam reviews for MATH-M119 students may occur on Fridays and Sundays. Most notably, the 4th and 12th weekends of the semester, students in M119 should be in town and prepared to attend exam reviews.
  • Each week on Wednesday, the students complete a grade submission consisting of two screenshots; one shows WebWork grades, the other shows test and quiz grades. This allows us to monitor progress and identify problems as soon as they arise.

Students who register for the program between Monday, November 28th, 2022 and Sunday, January 8th, 2023 are called Early Registrants. Students who register between Monday, January 9th, 2023 and Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 are called Standard Registrants. Finally, students who register on or after Monday, January 23rd are called Late Registrants. The main advantage to being an Early Registrant is that grade-based compensation is given when the student completes the program but finishes the course with a final grade of B- or lower. Grade-based compensation is not available for Standard Registrants or Late Registrants.  Click here to learn about how grade-based compensation works for Early Registrants.

We will soon begin registering students for the Fall 2023 semester! Once registration is over, this text will become a link which you can use to register!


If you have any questions about the program, don’t hesitate to call us. Our phone number is 812-340-6708. Due to high anticipated call volume, you may need to leave a voicemail message. Messages will be returned in the order in which they were received.