Algebra

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Algebra
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 8:32am

Ugg. My worst fear about school happened. I went to see my advisor to apply for graduation and confirmed I need to take another Algebra class. But before I can get into that class, I have to take a test. The thought of having to take the class was hard enough but now I find out I have to take a test to get into the class and I am panicking. I can do the basics and I review every few years (homeschooling) so I don't know why the thought of a math test is freaking me out so much.

What is the one

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
In reply to: karla1842
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 10:45am
Oh, I am right there with you. Whatever part of your brain is necessary for math... I do not have it. During undergrad, I had to take an algebra class and my TA was this towering Croatian named Ivan. I could barely understand him. I actually got tutoring from the head of the Math department and passed with a C... but in my head, it was an A. :P

Just remember... you're a grown-up now and the rest of your life does not hinge upon a math class (which is how I felt when I was younger).

In your shoes, I'd take the test and see how I did. If I was very deficient in certain areas, I'd get tutoring in those areas.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: karla1842
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 3:03pm

I agree w/ kel--find the area where you need help and attack that. Think of it as a fitness test and you want to find where you're weakest.






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In reply to: karla1842
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 9:23pm
All science baffles me...my memories of high school chemistry involve looking out the window...that's it. In biology, the teacher literally went crazy one day, went home and never returned. Whatever we were supposed to learn went right by me. I can make my brother speechless when I explain to him that I don't believe in neutrons and protons. I passed on physics all together. In college, I had to take two semesters of science. The first semester I took what I have always called 'Science for basketball players'. The instructor spoke almost no English, the class was three days a week at 9:00am, and many people slept through it - I was awake but could have been asleep for all I learned. I think the tests were multiple choice. The second semester, I took the night school version of the class. It was three long hours, but only once a week. The instructor was better, but again, I remember nothing. I can't focus a Microscope. I fainted in anatomy and physiology. I am lucky that life involves choices, because I couldn't have gotten a science degree if my. Life depended on it... I like math, it is logical and makes sense to me. I think it takes memorization and practice (maybe science does too). I hope you come to terms with algebra. SJ
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Registered: 09-25-2003
In reply to: karla1842
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 9:40pm

Ok, don't hate me, but I LOVE math.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 8:13am

Okay I took a blind practice test and didn't do nearly as bad as I thought. My score wasn't great but it was high enough to get me into the class I need. After years of homeschooling I have actually learned something I think.

Tutoring is available so I may take advantage of it. I don't have to take the class until fall so I may spend some time reviewing and studying and see what happens.

Ugg. I don't know why I am so intimidated by this stuff. It's just numbers-right? lol

Karla
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In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 8:16am

AWESOME!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 8:20am

I always did well in math but it has been 30 years since I took a math class and the thought of it was making me physically sick. I went ahead and took a blind practice test to see where I am at right now and didn't do as bad as I thought.

Funny you should mention art-my husband is an incredible portrait artist. He's tried to teach me so many times to draw a face and I just can't. He keeps telling me just draw what you see and I'll argue I am trying. For some reason my brain just won't let my hands connect the dots the way they need to be

Karla
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In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 8:23am

Love is definitely not my feelings towards math. lol I think it's more a mental challenge for me than anything. I'm not sure why I am so intimidated by it.

Now an English Lit test-bring it on! LOL

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 9:30am
I know... it's just numbers. But for whatever reason, whenever you start talking about Train A and Train B, my brain quickly diverts to something more pleasant like weighing myself or squat thrusts. :D
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Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: karla1842
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 11:37am

You'll do great!






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