# BMCC student: Need motivation;Mat 104

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Hello everyone,

I'm still considered a newbie since I just started one of my preclinical courses, which is Mat 104 with Professor Core at BMCC. We took a small quiz (and we couldn't use a calculator) and I just feel like I did so bad. I mean, it was easy stuff with multiplication and dividing decimals, adding mixed or improper fractions, which fractions are smallest or the largest, dealing with ratios, solving for a proportion and rounding to the nearest hundreth or thousandth. I think I screwed up on my division with decimals because I put the decimal in the wrong place. Another problem was finding the percentage of 9/10 percent of 2000. I think I got the right answer but there were two to three other questions I got wrong. There were only twelve questions on the quiz. I just feel my confidence went down hill.

Now I feel I screwed up my chances of getting an A for this class and getting a shot in the BMCC nursing program.

We have to do six chapters by our Friday class so I got a head start yesterday and knocked out two chaps (memorizing the conversion system and understanding apothecary and metric system)

Today, I am home from work so I'm going to study more.

I just need some words of inspiration. My spirits are down. Thank you.

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Hello everyone,

I'm still considered a newbie since I just started one of my preclinical courses, which is Mat 104 with Professor Core at BMCC. We took a small quiz (and we couldn't use a calculator) and I just feel like I did so bad. I mean, it was easy stuff with multiplication and dividing decimals, adding mixed or improper fractions, which fractions are smallest or the largest, dealing with ratios, solving for a proportion and rounding to the nearest hundreth or thousandth. I think I screwed up on my division with decimals because I put the decimal in the wrong place. Another problem was finding the percentage of 9/10 percent of 2000. I think I got the right answer but there were two to three other questions I got wrong. There were only twelve questions on the quiz. I just feel my confidence went down hill.

Now I feel I screwed up my chances of getting an A for this class and getting a shot in the BMCC nursing program.

We have to do six chapters by our Friday class so I got a head start yesterday and knocked out two chaps (memorizing the conversion system and understanding apothecary and metric system)

Today, I am home from work so I'm going to study more.

I just need some words of inspiration. My spirits are down. Thank you.

this is the drug dosage class correct...the sad part is the general math is harder than the medication math. you will be ok, that is stuff you had to remeber on your own the rest of the content will be taught to you so. go back and study on your weak areas. it seems you have an idea were you may have made era's so focus on that ..... YOUR GONNA DO FINE!

ps: ix-nay on the instructors names, many of us here have passed through that class room and will know who that instructor is...

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Specializes in Utilization management, psychiatric-mental health. Has 10 years experience.

Hello Stiltarget,

Thank you so much for responding. I am happy that there is someone out there who knows what I'm going through. You're correct; this is a dosage calc class. You're also right about the general math being harder than medication math; dividing decimals seem to be my biggest obstacle now but Prof mentioned we can use a calculator from now on so that's a huge relief. But I do understand why we can use our calculator; I was looking through my other study guides and the problems do get harder (IV flows, displacement factors, etc) and it's easy to get confuse with the different units of measure and converting back and forth between the metric, apothecary and household measure systems.

I completed half of Chap 8 and after I am done, I'm going to tackle half of Chap 9. I am doing EVERY single problem in the book; it does help alot in regards for memorizing the units of measure and getting used to solving problems.

I am just nervous that I might get confused with solving problems, but I'm going to practice alot because I want to become perfect at it.

Will keep you posted on my progress.

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