Quote from kats
Sorry for the bragging, but my ego sure needed this boost after Chemistry last semester (I got a C). I still think I could have done better with that class with another teacher. Anyways, were there any classes that you were afraid of that ended up being easy? I actually feel a bit silly saying this, but I even like doing the homework in this class. It is kind of fun, like doing puzzles. I just thought I would share with you all.
Kats, First off - good for you on those great grades in Stats!!! One of my schools requirements for admission was college level algebra. I took several algebra courses in High School, but went to College years ago for Business/Accounting - so didn't have college algebra and chose to challenge their algebra placement exam instead of taking the course. My oldest son (an Engineering Major in College) spent 2 months helping me study for the exam. I did pretty well in high school algebra a million years ago, but honestly hated it - just something I had to get through.
You said you think you could have done better in Chemistry with another teacher - I think that's an excellent point. If a teacher makes a subject interesting (even if it's really dry material) students will do better in that class. If they just ramble on through the class reading out of the text book - it becomes very boring and you don't soak up all that material.
I felt stupid asking my Son to tutor me in algebra, but turned out he's a fantastic teacher and I ended up really enjoying it. Unlike my high school algebra teachers, he made it very interesting and it was much easier to grasp the way he taught it to me. A lot of the material on the sample test dealt with calculus - I told my son I never took that in high school and couldn't learn it all in 2 months. He said - Mom, you don't have a choice, it's on the test, you have 2 months to learn it, you can do this. I realized my 19 year old son was taking time away from his own studies to help me out and I studied my behind off.
I was required to place into intermediate algebra for admission - I placed 20 classes higher - into their calculus and statistics class - I was shocked!!! I never brag about anything, but told everyone I knew. I was actually more proud of my Son for his teaching abilities. I'm studying for the Nursing Entrance Exam in a few weeks (with his help). Like I said - any subject can be interesting if you have a teacher that makes it exciting - then you want to learn more about it and you're sure to do better on tests, etc.