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I have a pretty much all A average but I absolutely cannot understand college algebra. I've always been able to learn anything, but not this. How did everyone else get through it???... Read More

  1. Visit  beckyboo1 profile page
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    Also, I did start at the bottom when I went back to college. I've already taken Fundamentals of Algebra and Intermediate Algebra and passed them with no problems.
  2. Visit  Streamline2010 profile page
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    I have to take statistics next semester any advice????
    Statistics doesn't use even 10% of the stuff you had to do in algebra. Just learn the statistics terms and the equations and the significance of the various things you'll have to calculate. It was literally 6 years between when I took Algebra I and II and when I took statistics. I think if you can remember how to solve for an unknown, and add/subtract/multiply/divide, the rest of what you need is probably covered in the statistics book. LOL

    I really don't know why nursing schools require college algebra. Actually, many of them (except some BSRN degrees) have substituted a "nursing math" course. The only "algebra" I ever used for dosage calcs in R.N. school was covered quite well in a high school / G.E.D. math review book.
  3. Visit  x_factor profile page
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    For math, honestly you just have to make sacrifices (such as any extra free time) and immserse yourself in it. I am finishing Intermediate Algebra this semester (a little over 4 weeks to go! Whew!), and it's extremely hard for me because I struggled in math all my life. I spend 3 hours a day after class in math lab just sitting there working problems, working problems, and working problem. Watch examples in the lab on the computer, and then work more problems. 3 hours a day. Then, I meet with my teacher, who realized from the beginning I was someone who struggled with math. So he meets me twice a week for an hour to sit there and work practice problems from that week's lessons, making sure I understand the concepts from beginning to end (because he knows without a good foundation, I'll struggle as I move into higher math in the future semesters). Then I go home, and I spend another hour or so going over problems I learned that day, before moving on to homework from other classes. Weekends? Tons of math practice. If I get stuck, I hit up YouTube, watch a video outlining how to work that type of problem, and then try again until I get it correct.

    For someone who struggled in math and couldn't even grasp the most basic concepts, I'm passing the class this semester with a A- at the moment. It just takes a TON of effort to be put into it if you are someone who struggles in math.
  4. Visit  beckyboo1 profile page
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    Well x_factor I admire your dedication but working 40 hours a week plus having a physiology class and lab doesn't allow me 3 hours every day to work on math. The other issue is that if I can't understand the concepts, I can't do the problems. I haven't totally given up yet. My professor will be gone next week and there will be a tutor available some times next week, and fortunately, I'm off one of the days the tutor is there. Wish me luck ya'll!
  5. Visit  KThurmond profile page
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    How did it go? Did the tutor help?
  6. Visit  Peachez1 profile page
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    I used the college tutoring services (and YouTube when at home) ALL the time!

    Some concepts I got right away... some never did stick.

    This coming semester I have to repeat my college algebra so we'll see how many concepts really DID stick in there
  7. Visit  KThurmond profile page
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    Quote from Peachez1
    I used the college tutoring services (and YouTube when at home) ALL the time!

    Some concepts I got right away... some never did stick.

    This coming semester I have to repeat my college algebra so we'll see how many concepts really DID stick in there
    Lol. Good luck. I just started school this week and got overwhelmed after my 1st college algebra class. The professor seems pretty nice and knowledgeable but she barely covered factoring and radicals in 10 minutes and gave us homework.

    The school has tutoring services that I know I will live at this semester

    This is my first semester as a parent. I've been out of school for 2 years so I have more stress on me now.
  8. Visit  amber0627 profile page
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    I have to take college algebra this summer, I'm dreading it so bad. Its been years since I took my other math classes..
  9. Visit  NurseWannabe2021 profile page
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    I had to literally start from scratch in Math. I practice daily and will get better with time. Khan Academy is what's helping me right now. I also got Ultimate Algebra and it helps.
  10. Visit  amber0627 profile page
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    What's ultimate algebra is that an app or book?
  11. Visit  KThurmond profile page
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    Quote from NurseWannabe2021
    I had to literally start from scratch in Math. I practice daily and will get better with time. Khan Academy is what's helping me right now. I also got Ultimate Algebra and it helps.
    Theres a guy on YouTube that is really gd. Patrick JMT.
  12. Visit  KThurmond profile page
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    Quote from amber0627
    I have to take college algebra this summer, I'm dreading it so bad. Its been years since I took my other math classes..
    I just started class on the 6th and was intimated by college algebra. Things I found that helped me feel better about it

    ~ relax, if you walk in with a negative mindset you won't learn because you sycked ( I don't know how to spell it) yourself off
    ~ online videos are your friend, I don't catch on to math quick so its convenient being able to replay or rewind and listen again. I love PatrickJMT on youtube. I learned factoring over the weekend. He's informative, speaks clearly, and uses both black and red ink so you can tell the difference between the problem and how he solved it.
    ~ instructors want you to succeed, find their office hours and go early. Try working a few problems out so they can see where you made mistakes.
    ~ buy a dry erase board to practice on. It will take practice. I used 6 sheets of paper this weekend and thought "this is not going to work". Markers are only $2 at the dollar store so I get to practice all I want.
    + I went to tutoring yesterday and he was very helpful. I would've learned alot but my brain was fried from just getting out of math class.

    I hope this helps. Mainly I just wanted to say that its not as scary as I thought it was. There's alot of resources. Theres a book called Algebra 2 (II) for dummies that has some of this stuff in it. I found it at my local library where studying for my math placement test.

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