A new way to learn mathematics

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A New Way to Learn Mathematics My Math Lab George Patton • “Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” ON-Line Learning • Student Uses My Math Lab for Homework, and Chapter Tests • Student Responsible for Deadlines • Attendance Crucial • Organized Notebooks Crucial • Graphing Calculator Required – TI-84+ or TI 83+ Recommended How to Be Successful • Attend Class Every Day • Have an Excellent Notebook • Watch Deadlines and keep ahead of time schedule • Use All Resources Available • Keep a Positive Attitude! Success is Not Magic! Attendance • Attendance is Crucial for Success! • Be On Time – Tardy is the same as an absence • If Absence – Leave message – phone or e-mail Homework - Notebook • Take good Notes in Class • Organize Notes after class – transcribe material from text as needed including major concepts and Examples • 3-Ring Notebook with dividers • Use Colors to emphasize ideas • Ongoing process – Notebooks used on Tests Homework Preparation Resources • My Math Lab – Videos of Content • My Math Lab – Power Point • My Math Lab – after unsuccessful try, help is given Make notes about method to problem • My Math Lab – after tries, ask for a similar problem Common Homework Errors • Using a decimal instead of a fraction • Rounding to different amounts that requested • Be careful of parentheses • Use the math palate that comes with My Math Lab • Double Check answer before submitting Chapter Test Preparation • Do the Homework for the chapter sections discussed and assigned • Strive to reach 90% or better on homework • 70% is the absolute minimum one should accept Less than that and the test will be very unsatisfactory grade wise Study Plan - Practice Tests • • • • All Chapter Tests have a practice test Tests that count are the “A” tests Practice tests are the “B” tests Take the B test – then use the Study Plan and that will show you where you are weak and provide problems to practice on these specific problems Study Plan - Continued • Those students who consistently use the Study Plan could add 2% to their overall grade • This can make a major difference in borderline cases (between an A or B) Chapter Test Continued - Time • You are allowed 180 minutes for the chapter test on My Math Lab • Most students range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes • Do not start and leave the computer for any length of time – after 180 minutes you will be shut out by My Math Lab Chapter Test – Continued Retakes • You are allowed to retake the test as many times as you desire until Deadline! • Doing a retake will not better a grade unless more studying is done • BEST Score Counts on tests • Strive to have at least a 70% or better on chapter tests Grading • Percents will be announced • Homework is _% of grade • Tests are _% of grade • The Final exam and other items are % of the grade Success is Within Your Reach • You Can Pass this Class! • Attend – Organize Notebook • Do Homework – above 70% • Do Tests – above 70% Mathematics Help • • • • Help is available in Study Center Help is available in Class Help is available from the Instructor Help is available on My Math Lab – Power points – Videos – Practice Tests – Study Plan – How to homework Problems Major Points to Success • • • • • View Class as a To Do List! Attendance is Crucial Stay Ahead of Deadlines Get Help whenever You Need It Use All your Resources “Build up your weaknesses until they become your strengths.” Knute Rockne – Notre Dame football coach [...]... Have all Resources Available Have Calculator, Textbook Have Notebook that is updated Have pencil and paper – Do all those problems that need to be worked out completely with pencil and paper – then record the answer on my math lab • If Incorrect – make notes in notebook Homework – Special Notes • Homework can be tried unlimited times • One can start homework and go back to a problem set • My Math Lab... Computer with access to internet – high speed best • Have a Back Up Plan and a Back up to the Back Up Plan • In case personal computer goes bad • RCC – Library – Labs – Public Library Excuses • Saying that the computer went bad is NO EXCUSE! • Saying that you waited too late is NO EXCUSE! • Saying you forgot the deadline is NO EXCUSE! • The Only Excuse is having died and been reincarnated (Does not happen... to have at least a 70% or better on chapter tests Grading • Percents will be announced • Homework is _% of grade • Tests are _% of grade • The Final exam and other items are % of the grade Success is Within Your Reach • You Can Pass this Class! • Attend – Organize Notebook • Do Homework – above 70% • Do Tests – above 70% Mathematics Help • • • • Help is available in Study Center Help is available... Math Lab • Double Check answer before submitting Chapter Test Preparation • Do the Homework for the chapter sections discussed and assigned • Strive to reach 90% or better on homework • 70% is the absolute minimum one should accept Less than that and the test will be very unsatisfactory grade wise Study Plan - Practice Tests • • • • All Chapter Tests have a practice test Tests that count are the A ... Instructor Contacting Instructor • If e-mailing instructor – be specific – give your entire name, give your course and section number (or time) • Be specific on problem – • The Instructor cannot change what is a correct answer in My Math Lab Common Homework Errors • Using a decimal instead of a fraction • Rounding to different amounts that requested • Be careful of parentheses • Use the math palate that... Study Center Help is available in Class Help is available from the Instructor Help is available on My Math Lab – Power points – Videos – Practice Tests – Study Plan – How to do homework Problems Major Points to Success • • • • • View Class as a To Do List! Attendance is Crucial Stay Ahead of Deadlines Get Help whenever You Need It Use All your Resources “Build up your weaknesses until they become your... Time • You are allowed 180 minutes for the chapter test on My Math Lab • Most students range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes • Do not start and leave the computer for any length of time – after 180 minutes you will be shut out by My Math Lab Chapter Test – Continued Retakes • You are allowed to retake the test as many times as you desire until Deadline! • Doing a retake will not better a grade unless more... Practice tests are the “B” tests Take the B test – then use the Study Plan and that will show you where you are weak and provide problems to practice on these specific problems Study Plan - Continued • Those students who consistently use the Study Plan could add 2% to their overall grade • This can make a major difference in borderline cases (between an A or B) Chapter Test Continued - Time • You are... Free Tutoring – walk in or individual - *** Use This!!!! • Groups – Form a Study Group • Buddy – Have a contact person if you have to be absent • Videos – videos (CD’s) in Learning Resource Center (library) Resources Continued • • • • • Instructor Web Page Power Point Slides How To Study How to Take a Test Power Point Presentations Each Chapter - Overview of Content Computers • My Math Lab needs a good... Lab keeps track of your homework grade • Be Very Careful in Entering Answers • READ INSTRUCTIONS Homework • Best Score Counts • Strive to be ahead of Deadlines • Never settle for less than 70% • Strive for 90% or better • Instructor can see how much time you use Homework difficulties • If one has a problem that is one you absolutely cannot do, make a hard copy of the problem and take it to the Study
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