College Algebra ughh - page 3

by beckyboo1

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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


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    Absolutely Khanacademy.org is the way to go. They explain not only the process and formula, but WHY it is the way it is. I don't know what I would do without them.
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    The one thing I can say is that if you were the patient, would you feel safe with a nurse caring for you that didn't know how to calculate the appropriate dosages? If you don't understand something that's too complicated for you, then you need to do the responsible thing and go back a few steps and re-learn the basics. Then you can proceed once you master those. It takes at least 10,000 repetitions of something to master it.
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    I passed algebra in high school with a C, but didn't learn a thing. When I got to my CC, I started at the bottom, like the other posters suggested to you. My CC offered pre-algebra (thankfully I didn't need to go that far back) and basic algebra for no credit. Then intermediate algebra for credit, but it would not count as a math class for an AA, AS, or transfer to a university. I took basic and intermediate. I can't tell you how much confidence it gave me to FINALLY understand math! . I'm very auditory and have to hear something multiple times to get it. Finding out what kind of learner you are can help you study. I always record lectures because I need to hear it. Pictures, charts and models are less helpful to me, but might be what you need.

    Then I took college algebra, and got a b. I wasn't thrilled with a B, but after all I'd been through it was awesome. This semester I took statistics and got an A!!!! I also got free tutoring at my CC.

    Have you been to rate my profossor.com? I always choose my professors based on their ratings there. They're usually right. You need to have a good teacher, or you will never learn. I also never take new professors, since they don't seem to ever have their act together, and I don't take adjuncts anymore since I had TWO quit in one year! Adjuncts just throw in the towel if they're no longer in the mood to teach or get overwhelmed.

    Good luck to the posters in college algebra and the one going into statistics! It just required hard work and dedication. You can do anything you set your mind to.
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    Where do you get that 10,000 number? I'm sure I haven't done my stats or algebra problems 10,000 times, and I learned the formulas.
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    Try this website...its AMAZING! It has helped me math soooo much! And a lot of others subjects too!! Khan Academy
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    Quote from jadams46
    The one thing I can say is that if you were the patient, would you feel safe with a nurse caring for you that didn't know how to calculate the appropriate dosages? If you don't understand something that's too complicated for you, then you need to do the responsible thing and go back a few steps and re-learn the basics. Then you can proceed once you master those. It takes at least 10,000 repetitions of something to master it.
    I've been an LPN for 25 years so me knowing how to do drug calculations is not an issue. I'm just trying to get through this class. Every part of algebra I've needed for drug calc etc, I have already learned and mastered.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!


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