MATH...& I'm scared ...uhhh - page 2

i'm about to start on my pre-nursing classes and im scared ..i'm having huge math anxieties, i'm 31 and have been out of school for sooo long, my 3 children are older now 7,8 &14 and wanted to go on... Read More

  1. by   JaxiaKiley
    Purple math is a great website. Good luck!
  2. by   -Midget-
    I don't know how many math classes you will need to take to satisfy the requirements of your program, but if you have to take a few, I'd recomend taking them back to back. I think it makes more since if you see how all this math fits together, and the classes really do build on eachother. Prior to registering for a class, ask around to see who's a good teacher, as well as asking your previous instructor for a recomendation.

    If you become confused about a concept, do not wait to get help. If you do not alert someone to your confusion, class will continue on. A few terms ago, I sat with the same people every time in one of my math classes, and we would help eachother when stuck, work on homework together, and we did all group projects together. This worked out very well. Chances are if you are confused, someone else is, too. Don't be embarassed, just ask. If you need the teacher to slow down, don't' hesitate to say so. The book, or books from previous classes even, are also good sources of infomrmation. In highschool, I rarely ever used my book except to do problems for the homework. Now in college, I often find myself looking over the chapter before and after class, as well as while doing the homework. Using your textbook as a source of help in a math class may not be new to you, but it was new to me not too long ago.
  3. by   LMRN10
    I was horrible in math in high school too...just didn't get it!! But I will tell you, I only had to take a basic algebra class, but it was awesome!! I totally got it!! I was about 27/28 when I started back. But I was also more mature and I don't think I would have done as well just out of high school, but that's just me! I think I was more focused than I was in high school and I am very proud of myself for what I have done, but I know that you'll do well!! Good luck to you!!
  4. by   Daytonite
    Quote from -Midget-
    . . .ask around to see who's a good teacher, as well as asking your previous instructor for a recomendation. . .
    You can also check out student's opinions on their professors/instructors at http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/index.jsp . Chances are students from your own school have already posted their comments about the math teachers at your school already.
  5. by   JoshuaC
    So far our math questions have been super easy, such as, if a doctor orders 5mg of X and all you have are 10mg tabs of X, how many tabs do you give? It would be 1/2 of a tab.... Stuff like that.

    I'm guessing the harder questions are going to start getting into complex word problems that try to trick you up.
  6. by   Angel 3
    Quote from nurse_amy
    [font=lucida sans unicode]i'm about to start on my pre-nursing classes and im scared ..i'm having huge math anxieties, i'm 31 and have been out of school for sooo long, my 3 children are older now 7,8 &14 and wanted to go on now and be what i've wanted to be for so long, i dont know if its because i've been so long out of this scene or what? can anyone tell me how much math or what kinds there are? its not like omg super hard college material is it? or more basic mathmatics? if anyone can help me ...pleaseeee give me some advice.

    [font=lucida sans unicode]sincerely...nurse2b..amy...:heartbeat :heartbeat :yeahthat: :spin:
    i am completely feeling your pain (and anxiety) right now. i started school this past week, and have now been to 3 college algebra classes (mwf). it is like i have a mental block or something against college algebra. for my 1st bachelor's degree i had to take college algebra...made a d, that's why i'm re-taking it, but i took finite math, business calculus, statistics, financial & managerial accounting & none of these courses have given me as much trouble as college algebra. i dread going to this class period. i can't stand working something over & over, but never actually getting it. but if it kills me this semester, i am going to make an "a". i have decided that in my mind......i will not let this course run my over like it has before, & right now at the moment. for the past 3 hours, honestly, i have been working on 2 problems. that's it. but i also don't have a very good teacher so i am going to get a tutor that's offered at my school. i think one on one will be much better. this is not to discourage you, the other people who have replied to this post are absolutely right, and i have added everyone of the websites recommended to my favorites. they really do help, along with the wonderful support system we have here in this nursing community. best of luck to you, and please keep us updated. i will keep you posted as well. we can do this!!!!!!!!!!

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