Taking classes before pre-req's?


Has anyone had to take a math class before taking your pre-req's? Just to brush up on things.Math has never been my greatest subject.


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While I don't like and am not particularly good at math, I would never go out of my way to take an unrequited math class, but that's just my $0.02. I'm surprised that none of your pre-reqs require a math class. If I recall correctly, I think it was bio or chem that recommended a prior college math class. I know that stats obviously requires math too, but that may or not be one of your pre-reqs.

I didn't have to, but I think there is no shame in it. I have many friends who took a similar path.... took a beginning or introductory math course before taking their pre-req math course. If math isn't your strongest subject, it may make a drastic difference on what grade you earn when you take the actual pre-req math course. You're the only one who really knows what kind of math student you are. If you really are weak in math, I would look into it. Just be prepared for it to put you behind schedule just a bit. Good luck!


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Yes, I took developmental classes just to brush up on my math, I felt it prepared me better :)


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My Chemistry and Statistics classes required Algebra as a prereq. I just borrowed "Algebra for Dummies" from the library to brush up on math and tested out of Algebra. Wish I'd had more time to actually take the Algebra class because it would have helped me.

Most schools will have a testing center that can assess your math and reading skills and see if you have the skill you need to do well in your prereqs. See if they can help you.


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Yes developmental is what I meant.They did mention testing out because I had a low score :(

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I hadn't been in school for 22 years, and tested so poorly in math that I had to take an elementary algebra class. No biggie. Memory came back to me right away and I aced that class, then aced intermediate algebra and took an honors college algebra class. No shame in it at all, and it really did help me a lot.