All information regarding the Mathematics Refresher Course including what it is, who must take it, why certain students have to take it, its programme and the contact persons for the course are provided below.


Aim of the Mathematics Refresher Course

The main purpose of the MRC is to help first year students to adapt to the high pace of first year mathematics and to improve the pass rate. To cope with the fast pace and the large quantity of work, the MRC is of utmost importance. Work done at school is revised and new concepts are discussed. These concepts are frequently used during the course of the year, so students will understand it easier since it has already been presented during the MRC.

The modules MTHS111/121/114/124 and MATH111/121 are prerequisites for many other mathematics and applied mathematics modules. This includes students who are enrolled for programs that have chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics as modules and also includes all engineering students. Students taking these modules can easily fall behind, resulting in their studies being prolonged by at least one year, if they fail their mathematics. These students’ study time is prolonged by at least one year if they fail MTHS111/121/114/124/MATH111/121. In the case of the engineering students, they cannot proceed with any mathematics or/and applied mathematics modules in their second year.  It is therefore very important that they pass MTHS111/121 the first time.

Presentation of the Mathematics Refresher Course


As R&O is being presented on online this year, the Mathematics Refresher Course will also be presented online. In order to do so, we will be using the NWU virtual learning platform named eFundi.

As soon as the NSC matric results are available, you will receive your letter of admission for the NWU. In this letter you will receive the instructions how to register for this course. Before starting the course, all students must register for it. It is very important that you do so, or we will not be able to send you the links or provide you access to eFundi. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE. 



The cost of the course is R300 and will be deducted from your student account by the end of April 2021.



You will need at least a smart phone, an exercise book of at least 192 pages, a pen or pencil, at least 50 hours and dedication to complete the course. You have time until the commencement of classes to complete the course.



There are not specific set times in which the Mathematics Refresher Course will be presented. Students will logon to eFundi with the link provided to them in the official communication that they received from the Mathematics Refresher Course. Thereafter, the course takes place as follows:

  1. Students complete the pre-test on eFundi.
  2. After completing the pre-test, students will be able to access the study material, which they must study thoroughly.
  3. Students write a post-test.  The post-test mark will contribute to your final module mark for MTHS111/114 or MATH111.
  4. The course is the complete. Students must complete the course and tests before classes commence.

Students who require assistance, who have questions regarding the study material or require the material to be explained to them, can logon to the live Teams sessions as indicated in the official R&O programme. Specifically, these sessions each cover a topic covered in the study material:

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 14:00 – 17:00: Algebra and Logs (Study units 1+2)

Friday, 12 March 2021, 14:00 – 17:00: Functions and radians (Study units 3 and 4.1-4.3)

Monday, 15 March 2021, 14:00 – 17:00: Trig and absolute values (Study units 4 and 5.1-5.2)

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 14:00 – 17:00: Limits, continuity and differentiation (Study units 5.3, 5.4 and 6)

Who must take the Mathematics Refresher Course?

Students admitted to the following programmes have to complete the Mathematics Refresher Course:

  • Faculty of Engineering 
    • Chemistry (7CG K01 - I421P)
    • Chemistry and Mineral Processing (7CG K02 - I422P)
    • Electrical and Electronic (7CN K01 - I423P)
    • Computer and Electronic (7CH K01 - I424P)
    • Electromechanical (7CL K01 - I425P)
    • Mechatronic (7CR K01 – I401P)
    • Mechanical (7CJ K01 - I426P)
    • Industrial (7CK K01 - I427P)
  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    • Chemistry and Physics (2FF H05 - N301P)
    • Chemistry, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (2FF H22 - N301P)
    • Physics and Mathematics (2FF H23 - N301P)
    • Physics and Applied Mathematics (2FF H24 - N301P)
    • Physics and Computer Science (2FF H25 - N301P)
    • Computer Science and Statistics (2FF H26 - N301P)
    • Computer Science and Mathematics (2FF H09 - N301P)
    • Computer Science and Economics (2FF H28 - N301P)
    • Mathematics and Economics (2FF H29 - N301P)
    • Geography and Applied Mathematics (2FF H30 - N301P)
    • Statistics and Mathematics (2FG H02 - N301P)
    • Mathematics (2FG H01 - N301P)
    • Quantitative Risk Management (2FT H01 - N301P)
    • Financial Mathematics (2FS H01 - N301P)
    • Business Analytics (2FR H01 - N301P)
    • Actuarial Science (2FQ H01 - N301P)
    • Information Technology and Computer Science (2DX H01 N302P) if MTHS111 is elected
    • Biochemistry and Chemistry (2FF H06 - N301P)
    • Microbiology and Biochemistry (2DK H11 - N301P)
    • Botany and Biochemistry (2DK H02 - N302P)
    • Zoology and Biochemistry (2DK H07 - N302P)
    • Chemistry and Physiology (2DK H06 - N302P)
    • Microbiology and Chemistry (2DJ H10 - N301P)
    • Botany and Chemistry (2DJ H03 - N302P)
    • Zoology and Chemistry (2DJ H04 - N302P)
    • Geology and Chemistry (2DJ H07 - N302P)
    • Urban and Regional Planning (2FE K01 - N401P)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Physiology and Biochemistry (8DJ H01 - G301P)
  • Faculty of Arts
    • Any BA with Mathematics as elective
  • Faculty of Education
    • BEd Snr/FET with Mathematics as a specialisation subject (4BN J01/03/04/07/08/13/14)
  • Students appointed by the Admissions Office or Faculty Manager to attend the course for possible admission

Mathematics Refresher Course Contact Inormation

  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Engineering:

Mariette Hitge

018 2992579


  • Faculty of Education

Annalie Roux

018 2991895

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Live sessions in R&O 

The R&O programme makes prevision for live sessions in which you can request your lecturers help with work that you do not understand.

These sessions are hosted via Zoom and in contact can be accessed at the following links or by attending the physical class in the following venues:

Venues: Building G1, Rooms 111 and 102. 

Zoom Links:

MRC Session 1 Group 1
11 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 2 Group 1
12 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 3 Group 1
15 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 4 Group 1
16 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 1 Group 2
11 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 2 Group 2
12 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 3 Group 2
15 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 4 Group 2
16 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 1 Group 3
11 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 2 Group 3
12 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 3 Group 3
15 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00
MRC Session 4 Group 3
16 March 2021
14:00 – 17:00