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Helpful math advice for an adult learner? Please Respond!


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Joined: Apr 22, 2005
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Posted Jul 29, 2008 at 3:00:05 PM
Subject: Helpful math advice for an adult learner? Please Respond!

I will be taking remedial math at a community college in the near future. I was the kid who "just never got it" and was passed because my teachers thought I was pathetic.

Anyway, I know that remedial students at community colleges are considered "at risk" and because of my LD, I know that will multiply the pressure of trying to make it to the advanced courses.

The community college that I will attend supposedly has a high retention rate. I scored very low on the placement tests, and I will have to give it everything I have to make it through.

Any of you teachers know or work with students who fit into this category? I want to know what attitudes/habits I need to adopt in order to be successful and make it through.

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scifinut
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Posted:Jul 29, 2008 3:38:31 PM

It depends on where your math breaks down. Do you have difficulty with basic math facts or is it more with concepts?

Some general things to think about would be making use of a tutor to help you with understanding, use visual and tactile aids whenever possible, and ask lots of questions in class if you don't understand something. Many CC teachers also have "office" hours where you can get extra help. Tap into any and all resources at the CC to make it as successful as possible.

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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Posted:Jul 29, 2008 4:05:42 PM

Concepts, I guess. Rote memorization of facts isn't really a problem.

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scifinut
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Posted:Aug 01, 2008 5:48:02 PM

Concepts can be difficult. Finding ways to help you visualize or model concepts could be a way to help you understand them better. A tutor may also help a lot as someone who can explain concepts in a way that you might have a better chance of understanding or who may be able to help with visual/kinetic aids.

Good luck!

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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