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Link to MasterProbo.
Q: How do I access MasterProbo?
A: Follow the above link. Click "Register" button on the upper-right corner. Enter your NetID and a preferred password. You will receive an activation e-mail in your illinois mailbox. Follow the link to activate your account.
Q: What time of the day is each checkpoint due?
11:59pm of each Tuesday. The first deadline is Tue 9/12. The list of checkpoint dates are in the table on the course webpage.
Q: What do I do if MasterProbo says I am not enrolled?
A: If you enrolled recently, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with [enrollment] in the subject line for timely response. See Enrollment issues for details.
Q: Can I go back to a previous week's module?
A: Yes, you can practice at any time. But you can't increase your score for a given week after the deadline.
Q: Will the red circle complete when I finish a module?
A: Yes. It will complete and the module will become yellow. More importantly, you should receive a message that awards you 3 probos for the module.
Q: What are probos?
A: Probos are points that are converted to homework grades at each checkpoint deadline:
Q: Do I get bonus points if I earned 10/9 probos for a checkpoint?
A: You will receive full score for this checkpoint as soon as you receive 9/9 probos. No bonus point if you earned more than 9 probos.
Q: What will be my homework score if I only earned 6/8 probos for a checkpoint?
A: Your homework score will be pro-rated. For instance, the full score is 10, and you will receive 10*6/8 = 6.7 for this checkpoint.
Q: What are the checkpoint deadlines?
A: They are posted in the first column of the big table on the course home page. Generally speaking they are every Tuesday of the week.
Q: If I fall sick during a week and am unable to pass the checkpoint, can I ask for an extension?
A: Since we are dropping your three lowest scores, there will be no extension of deadlines.
Q: How is MasterProbo different from, say, WebAssign?
A: MasterProbo is a personalized learning tool that detects your weakness and tries to strengthen it.
Q: Do I still need to read the course notes now that we have MasterProbo?
A: You need to have the basic concepts to understand the problem... MasterProbo tries to improve your mathematical thinking, but you need to know what to think about.
Q: How many problems are there in each module?
A: The number of problems you will work on to reach proficiency varies. Generally speaking, if you solve a difficult problem, you gain more proficiency. However, it might not be the most time-efficient as you can get stuck on difficult problems. It is advised you start early.
Q: If I get stuck and SOS, will the TA give me the answer?
A: No, the TAs will give you personalized hints to help you think, but they will not give you the answer.
For instance, if you need clarification on the wording, or a problem is not displayed correctly, the "report a problem" button on the upper-left corner is the best way to report such issues.
Response might be delayed for e-mails without proper subject line.
1. Enrollment issues: please include [enrollment] in your subject line.
(e.g. you registered in the past few days and Master Probo says you're not enrolled)
Subject: [enrollment] can't access Master Probo
2. Technical issues: please include [technical] in your subject line:
(e.g., server not responding, didn't receive activation e-mail)
Subject: [technical] no activation e-mail.
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