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Joined: Apr 22, 2005
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Posted Jun 16, 2006 at 10:23:59 PM
Subject: help!

Today I took the math Compass placement test at a Community college that I will be attending this fall. Naturally the results of the test placed me in the lowest remedial courses for Math. I've only been working for approximentally 3 months to revive my math skills, so it's absurd to think that a low iq LD student can reach the 12th grade level in such a short period of time. I'm electing not to take the remedial courses in the fall, or spring semesters. A year from todays date, I will be able to retake the test and hopefully be able to place in the college level courses. I hope a steady diet of math, daily, for the next year will enable me to reach my goal of being able to place where I want to be.

So in conclusion of my rant, I need to know if there are any at home tutorial curriculumes available to LD students in math? Something that has proven to be successful even amoung the weakest and most academically dull students.

also if there are any spelling errors I don't apologize, it's late and i'm tired and couldn't care less...

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Sue
Joined Jun 14, 2003
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Posted:Jun 27, 2006 11:48:34 AM
Subject:Re: help!

We use the COMPASS here, too - do you know what your score was? Good teaching is what helps people learn math best... that's what I would look for.
We have some nifty software called ModuMath but it isn't free. It takes a lot of people a lot of hours to put that kind of thing together and then edit and refine it. I have seen a LOT of other well-intentioned stuff - but oops, it has typos here and there, and a lot of it ... well, it's just confusing.

Here, we also have a non-course option in the learning lab for people that the courses just don't fit because they have interesting strengths and struggles like yours. You might want to ask if there are "learning lab" options, though sometimes those aren't much better. Do you know what stuff you need to pick up? Fractions? negative numbers? I have a few tricks up my sleeve for learning that stuff. (I work at a community college tutoring students in remedial math courses.)

Anybody who correctly says "couldn't care less" instead of "could care less" is smart by me :-)

ONe place I would look is www.mathrealm.com - they have a lot of samples on their site. And if you know what skill you need to work on, google "fractions lesson" or "negative integer lesson" and scout 'em out. (I've got a few things on my site tho' they tend ot be geared to teachers.)

SueJ, webmastress
http://www.resourceroom.net

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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A person
Joined Apr 22, 2005
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Posted:Jun 29, 2006 7:51:04 PM
Subject:Re: help!

Sue,

I have only just begun to touch Algerbra. The rules for the order of operations when you add and subtract signed numbers are difficult for my brain to grasp.

Fractions I can get, but need consistent practice in order to remember.

I don't feel like exposing my compass scores to the public, but I will PM them to you if you wish.

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spedie
Joined Jul 20, 2006
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Posted:Jul 26, 2006 9:47:37 PM
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first of all if under section 504 of the law you have the right to accomidation Did you get extra time, test in a sperate room, these are basic accomidation that do not afftect the sturcte of the test. you maybe able to use a caluclator.

Also it really helps me to use a graphing cal. because i can see what i punch in.

if you did not get acomidation go to the office of disabilties services or student services and talk to them. If you did get accomidation sometimes you got to start at the beginning . Is it fair? No. I have learned that thing are harded for me not that i cant but it will take longer.

Special ed in more ways then one.

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