Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Math can be challenging for some. Past experiences can play an important factor. We have to understand that once we start a challenge and the challenge is impeded by others (for example, by saying negative remarks), it is hard to get back up. The same statement can also apply to mathematics. How did your past experiences affect the way you learn math.

Mathematics can be a tough subject for an adult learner. I believe that as adults, our primary focus is to provide for ourselves and our families. Some of the means of attaining that goal is through a better pay; hence the need to constantly educate ourselves. We are driven by a need to learn and a need to succeed. Some of the challenges of learning mathematics are due to the effects of previously bad learning experiences. We have probably sat in a class in the past and the teacher paid very little attention to your educational needs. As children, some of us probably failed a math class because of our lack of effort and that failure became a stumbling block for our future ventures in mathematics. I have discovered that researchers looked at the way children learn in order to build the base on how adults actually get their critical thinking. There are a few similarities in the way that adults and children learn. With prior experiences, adult learners have or acquire a particular way of learning. However, adult learners have the intrinsic value and personal payoff because they have the immediate goal at hand. As adult learners, we want a pay increase or that promotion. Since the primary goal of education is to meet the demands of society and individual needs. And since the two dimensional frame of reference for adult learners are a habit of mind and a point of view, adult learning usually relies on our habits to learn. We can also safely state that adult learning is not in our formal classroom setting (teacher-centered). Instructors do not conform to the standards of the curricula but on the needs of the adult learners as well. Therefore, we need to brake from the chains of bad learning experiences that hold us back and meet this new learning challenge with a renewed attitude. As adults, we have the ability to reflect more on our learning. We can support this argument with Habermas and the three natural needs or reasons to gain knowledge. Let us then break this cycle and regain our love for mathematics.

Reference
Wang, Victor C. X. (2012). Handbook of Research on Technologies for improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

118 comments:

  1. Numbers in general are an issue. But I've noticed that I tend to struggle less when the class is being taught at a slower pace. Also being able to do examples where students can ask questions as they go is something that serves as a tool in class

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  2. Thank you Julio for the comment. Teaching at a slower pace is very possible but we also have to keep in mind the timelimes for curriculum implementation.

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  3. Math has always been the subject I have struggled in. It is the subject that really required me to study and do practice problems non-stop to understand the concept and be able to apply it. I agree with Julio in the sense that it is a subject that requires a little more class time. I understand that their are restrictions on the time due to the curriculum but maybe this should be one of those classes offered twice a week. I personally think we should work on several examples for each section so that confusion and doubt can occur in class rather than at home when you have no one to ask for help. This is definitely a subject that requires thought and being able to really grasp the concept because each section builds of the previous one. I don't hate math, I just don't love it. I enjoy a challenge but when I see fractions I just shiver and the "math anxiety" kicks into high gear! "/ Thanks for being patient with us and taking your time on making math FUN!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your comment. Doing a lot of examples will certainly help with understanding certain concepts. I also agree with you that more classroom time is needed. Furthermore, we will strive to do as much examples as we can with the time we have.

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  4. Where can I begin? As with most normal people I dreaded the thought of returning to an Algebra class. I briefly remember my High School experiences in that class since it was over 25 years so imagine my anxiety. Most of us don't envision ourselves ever using the algebra concepts in our day to day lives so it becomes a challenge to grasp the concept and we kind of close our minds to it. Whether we are aware or not math is all around us in science, engineering, or simple calculations we do relating one thing to another without giving it a second thought. I must say that I will struggle with these X, Y, Zs but will give it my best since these calculations do relate to my chosen field. Class is moving rather quickly and I also wish we could have more examples of the same type of problems before we move on to learning something new.

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    1. Thank you for your post Alex! I noted from other discussions that there is a need to cover more examples in class. I will definitely be looking into that. This is why it is important to take advantage of the tutoring sessions that we offer and also to take advantage of Connect. I am always here to help.

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  5. Math never came easy for me. I don't know what had happen but it does tie into a challenge and a bad experience through out school. I just never got along with the variables, orders of operation, and the right answer. I would always get lost in between steps and would forget how I would come out with that answer in the first place. Although as time went on, I do realize with math like anything else practice does make perfect. It isn't easy to really sit and attempt a problem that seems over whelming, but when you finally get the right answer it sure does feel like an accomplishment. Practice and asking questions seem to get me through this love hate relationship I have with math. Examples and a good teacher does aid in my success and comprehension with math. So far, so good!

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  6. Bad experiences can change the way we think about a topic. However, hang in there. It is my hope to make this course a great experience for you.

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  7. Math at times it comes easy to me. Other times it makes me want to pull my hair out, for examples when it comes to fractions. I've tried going to tutoring but nothing. It doesn't stick my head. It's frustrating at times because i've seen how it's done a million times and still not be able to do it, it's a little dissapointing.

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  8. have never really liked math, I don't really understand too much of it. In high school my class wasn't too bad, but the teacher would fly through the lessons too fast and not really help when I was lost. At Miami Dade my professor didn't follow the lesson plans she had set up, and would give us homework on stuff we hadn't even learned yet. I do not hate math I just think it is so complicated and frustrating. I'm sure once I get to know more I will become more comfortable.

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  9. Math and I have a love hate relationship I can honestly say that I will try my best to gain a strong attraction to it. I will admit once I learn a new thing and can retain the formula it does make you feel proud of yourself

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  10. Math has its ups and downs for me. I enjoy math in a chemistry setting because I had an amazing professor. Other math instructors that I have had in the past don't explain fully how to solve a problem or just expected us (the students) to know what we are doing. It has been extremely difficult to get that step by step explanations and thorough walkthroughs of problem solving and having that patient instructor willing to do so, without the rush of wanting to go home and helps when questions are asked. Hopefully, I get over this fear and learn to push through, give math a chance and I know that practice makes perfect.

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  11. math has always been a good subject for me. i normally do well when it comes to math and science classes. i don't think i should have any major issues in class. this should be a good and fun semester for me, so let the fun begin

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  12. My father well my whole family basically are engineers so I grew up around math and learning basic formulas and functions at a young age. When it came to the classroom I didn’t have much difficulty keeping up with the material I got so good at I became the teacher’s assistant helping other students understand. I have a love relationship you can never be wrong it either you have the correct answer or you don’t there is no grey area! Taking my algebra class is a refresher on my skills with equations, formulas and functions and many other areas. I hope taking this class can refresh my memory and brush up on my skills as well as learn new skills.

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  13. Math, just hearing that word gets me upset. I believe that I have never had a teacher that has been able to get through to me and helped me understand the concept of Math, Making my liking towards Math a zero. It has never been enjoyable to me since it has not been something I have been able to succeed in. I know practice makes perfect but you have to know what you're practicing in order to perfect the subject. I want to get to the stage of feeling comfortable with Math and confident in my ability to succeed in a Mathematical world.

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  14. Hi, this is Teresa Koliha I think a slower pace will help me understand math better. My fears are not understanding and fail.

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    1. Hi Teresa. Thank you for posting. You could have elaborated a little more.

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    2. I have a general fear of math. It began when I was 12. My father was in the
      Military and we moved frequently. I began my new school in Texas, in my math
      class, it was test day. I went to class realized I forgot my pencil. I asked the teacher to go get the pencil, and I was ignored. The test was handed out. I began to cry. The Teacher took me outside the class room door. She gave me 3 wallops of her paddle, one swat was for not being prepared for class, one for crying, and the other for the 0 I would be receiving on the test. I have moved on.
      I never really liked math since then. I try to avoid any Math challenges. In High
      school I only took Applied and Consumer Math classes. I have prided myself on
      problem solving though out my life. Testing failure is not an option, I can afford right
      now. My education is so important to me. My lack of algebra foundation skills is hindering me from reaching my goals.
      I have about 15 hours a week I can use to study and do homework.
      I have 4 classes this semester. I have to work on time management. I have to ask more questions in class.
      Be more active in class, So that I can have a lasting memory of the lesson being taught.

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  15. In the beginning math was a breeze, but once they added letters and fractions it became difficult. The further I moved along in school the more I began to hate it. It didn't help much that I had teachers that were unwilling to help or didn't speak much English. I was pretty much discouraged from learning it and just felt I would never fully comprehend it

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  16. I like Math since childhood. I did my tasks in school and studied with friends at home. My grades always were excellent. Several times I participated in local competitions of Math, with good results. In this class I intend to learn all Algebra I need to become a good Nurse.

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    1. Although math has always been one of my favorite subjects I find that over the past twenty years things have changed. The techniques used today are so different the answers remain the same. I do look forward to re-sharpen my skills in this class. To understand the need of math in all areas of life especially in the nursing industry I do know that it will be challenging for me.

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  17. Math used to be a subject that I desired, but as I started learning about slope intercept and improper fractions it became challenging. I am hoping that being in this class it can help further my mathematic skills. I am excited to learn new math methods.

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  18. I didn't do that well in Math in high school so I told myself that I was bad at it for many years, After taking a college algebra class and passing with a B I realized its just a mind thing, If you tell yourself your bad at something you already pre program your mind to perform that way. I no longer look at Math as a challenge to me.

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  19. In my early experiences with math I have become ill sick to my stomach just thinking about Algebra. I look forward to learning new ways to learn Algebra now that I am an adult so far no nausea. I am impressed with your professionalism and respect for us (students). I will give it my best as I do everything in my life now that I am an adult.

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  20. I can honestly say that Math is one of the subject that I have always shined on! Now, this was High School times, long time ago and, though we do implement math in most of our everyday tasks, we are talking Algebra. And now, I am a little intimidated. I do not know what to expect, but I am sure that mu attitude will have a lot to do with it and whatever it is that is coming my way, it better be ready for me!

    Amarilys Rodriguez

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  21. For me, math has always been half hard, half easy. There are concepts that i understand right away and there are concepts that, no matter how they are broken down to me I will never understand them. With math I have always had a love- hate relationship. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is bad.

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  23. I'm not particularly great at math but I do well when I take the class I'm a visual learner and if I practice and pay attention in class I do very well in math. We use math in our everyday life as a child I thought that math was just an annoyance but as I got older I found myself referring back to the math I learn in school. No matter what you want to be or do in life you can be sure math will be a very important part of it. So now I absorb all that I can in my math class to better myself and to help my children nurture a love for math.

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  24. I like math except when it comes to fractions. That was always a problem for me in school when it came to algebra although it was my favorite subject. I just have difficulties with adding, dividing, and multiplying fractions. If I can get over that milestone then I will be more successful in the nursing field. I'm ready to further my knowledge.

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  26. I absolutely HATE math. Not because I am bad at it, but because I have had many teachers that are more into receiving homework than actually making sure the classwork is understood. Sequence 3 was the main math class that turned me off of the subject as a whole. The teacher spoke horrible English, and then he was not able to engage me. That lead to me giving less attention in and out of class. If a teacher can some how make the formulas easier to understand and provide the personal attention i may need, without being taken to far off topic by other students, then i MAY enjoy the subject a little more. Although i do not enjoy math i do enjoy using simplified formulas to figure out drop factor and pediatric dosages.

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    1. Wow. Very strong emotions there! Thank you for posting.

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  27. as a student math has always been hard for me. I feel as though my teachers haven't taken enough time to explain math problems through to me ,so it has always left me confused a bit. I do feel like as a student it is up to me to take detailed notes and study but I would also like to have a teacher who takes the time out to explain and give me formats that I can understand.

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  28. Although math has always been one of my favorite subjects I find that over the past twenty years things have changed. The techniques used today are so different the answers remain the same. I do look forward to re-sharpen my skills in this class. To understand the need of math in all areas of life especially in the nursing industry I do know that it will be challenging for me.

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  29. My passed experiences had an effect on how I learn math because I had a solid introduction to this subject as a child. Math use to be my favorite, but as time went by my interested diminished. This decrease in interest was not based off of my ignorance to the understanding of math, but was based on the approach my passed professors took teaching this skill. As the years progressed math became more difficult, and bland; thus leaving me with no choice but to lose interest. Although I had a strong understanding on the basic concepts, everything that came after was never really revealed to me. Now I will take it upon myself to learn these new techniques and formulas and apply them to the concepts I already know.

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  30. As a child growing up (in my middle school days) I always hated math with a passion. To me it was kind of like why learn something that your not gonna use so often. I didn't get along with multiplication and division and converting decimals was something I never really understood and don't get me started with fractions, anything involving fractions made my head spin out of control. But once I hit high school it was like clock work I started getting everything. My teachers were so exceptional they made sure I had everything and stood by my side until I got everything. So now on this day I can proudly say math is my favorite subject.

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  31. I have always had an interest for math, only because I love money. Through out high school it was my favorite subject. paying attention, taking good notes, and repetition are key to understanding any subject. Algebra has always been a bit confusing due to the whole letter deal, but nothing is impossible. I am always up to a new challenge.

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  32. I am now writing this comment for the third time. I am not biased to math, but I do require much practice and patience when delving in to this subject. I am a quick learner and I have done complicated equations in high school. I look forward to your teaching style. I am curious to know if I will be engaged, or bored. Either way I'll be in class.

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  33. Math has been the subject that has more likely never put me to sleep. I enjoy equations that have to do with letters and number just going to one side to the next. Growing up not everyone in my family could explain the concepts. So, I just forced myself to learn it and now I enjoy it. But I have met my challenge in math that when it came to adding and subtracting negative and positive integer I just froze. Them when it came to word problems it was just boring to me. I feel no teacher has made it not fun but show a good way to understanding the whole concept of the word problems. Sometimes with measurements I have had difficulties but I have somewhat understood that. But, to the rest of the math numbers I enjoy everything else about it. Slower pace is good to me but I just like the whole trick thing like for example Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Like this I have always applied since middle school hopefully you have a faster way for word problems and the adding and subtracting integers. I intend to study hard and pass to move forward to be a nurse.

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  34. I like Math, but I struggle in high school, I truly believe that math can be fun; a good teacher will make students to engage into math, just to have a dynamic class, interactive class.

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  35. Im not good at math, it has always been my weakness. I have taken several math classes and have not passed them. I understand some of it but it gets to a point where I get lost with all the numbers. I hope I can get through this class

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  36. Math has always been a challenge to me my whole life, because I don't really like math. What I expect from this math class is to learn as much as possible and also I want to be able to understand what my teacher is teaching me.

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  37. I think prior experiences affected the way I learned math in a tremendous way. Honestly math has never been a strength of mine. It’s a subject that requires a lot of attentiveness and critical thinking to understand the many different concepts. I believe it’s a subject that can be learned and enjoyed if taught with tactful strategies that can be applicable to each individuals learning style.

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  38. Math is not really difficult. I like math. If you have a good teacher, that explain well,you put all your efforts and you practice,you should do good in math.

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  39. I think prior experiences affected the way I learned math in a tremendous way. Honestly math has never been a strength of mine. It’s a subject that requires a lot of attentiveness and critical thinking to understand the many different concepts. I believe it’s a subject that can be learned and enjoyed if taught with tactful strategies that can be applicable to each individuals learning style.

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  40. my pass experience with math was not very well because in my pass i had a teacher that really did not care about my learning and went through everything so fast without even making sure i knew everything very well

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  41. Believe it or not I actually like math, but for some strange reason I seem to fail the tests. I mean I do so well with all my classwork and homework assignments, help out others who don't understand it, and then get to the test and just fail it. I mean it doesn't happen all the time, but I could never figure out why. I use to always think it was anxiety, that makes me sit in front of the test and just forget everything I've learnt. But it wasn't. It took me long enough but I've finally come to the realization that the ONLY reason I fail the tests is because, I get so worked up about failing rather than just applying what I've learnt, and passing like I do with the classwork and homework assignments.

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  42. Math has always been a challenge for me and I can never ever remember being interested in anything other than the basics in the subject.

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  43. When it come to math I don't know what to say, because I hate the subject with a passion. But that does not mean I will fail the class, we just don't see eye to eye I will put in my best effort to past my class. Hopefully my instructor make it fun because no matter how hard I try I can't never get it. But I intend to do whatever it takes to make an excellent Nurse by learning the subject.

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  44. Embarrassingly, I have to admit, Math has always been a challenge for me, whether it’s a group or individual effort. I believe I always did just enough to pass any and all my previous math classes. I do put in the necessary effort to learn, however, I always just beat myself up because I thought it was my fault why I did not comprehend the subject. I am willing to do whatever it takes to overcome and conquer this challenge of mine.

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  45. Personally, I am horrible at math. It has always been my hated subject. I don't know if it was the fact that I wouldn't be able to understand the teachers half of the time, they didn't explain themselves well enough so I would just not give it my all. But my professor know has a great teaching style, he explains step by step andmakes the problem that are hard (like fractions) seem easy. I believe that that's is the reason why I'm doing better in algebra and I'm understanding more.

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  46. I have to agree with some parts of the first blog and disagree with others because from my experience the less money an adult student has the harder they work to make a better life for the family. I came from nothing and worked my self very hard to get my first degree. I struggled with everyday issues such as work kids husband. The fact is the less a person has the harder they work to overcome the poverty level.
    Math to the adult students is harder the longer they have been out of school. Ones who have been out 20 years or more are often overlooked. Instructors like to say that it should be remembered from high school. Older adult students never learned the some of the math they use now. In the 80's the math was way different. If instructors could just kind of remember not all adult students are not in their 20's or 30's. Many adult students will learn more if they are not overlooked by teachers. Math is hard but i can do it weekly but exams are tough. I feel pressured to finish and that causes mistakes plus i draw blanks on certain sections

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  47. I have always enjoyed math as a child, so much that my career choice was to be an accountant. I remember my 6th grade teacher made learning math fun for us, so i enjoyed it. I graduated in 1989 and my senior year, I had prealgebra. I continued my education by obtaining two associates degree, one in Certified Clinical Medical Assisting, and the second in Health Information Management Technician. I believe I took a basic math course, but nothing like this. I have a gap between pre algebra and college algebra. I have had testing anxiety for years. When I'm taking a test, if the test is being timed, it's next to impossible for me to focus on the test and not the time. I think I can improve by spending more time on my assignments, and doing research on the computer to help me get a better understanding of math.

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  48. honestly professor math is a nightmare i'm lost maybe reviewing your videos100 more times i can get to understand something

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  49. Math is a very tricky sudject for me. All my life I have struggle with Mathematics but I tell myself that math is always the solution to the problem. Since Mr.Fleuratin has taught me College Algebra I have started to love math and he makes it look easy. Math is my weakness but I know I am starting to love it .

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  50. Personally I am horrible at math.I had always struggle with math. I'm always having problems with math because of the way it gets explain to me.I had previous experience where if i don't understand and the teacher wont take the time to explain it before moving on to next problem i'm behind for the rest of the class. Some students are faster than other in math. Now in this class i can really say i enjoy math because i can understand it.

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  51. my past affected the way that I learned math due to the excessive amount of pressure felt to comprehend at the save pace as all the other students. Also, math can be a very challenging topic because you have to be able to memorize a lot of formulas. I learn better when I am in a small group and able to ask each other questions, than having to raise my hand in front of the whole class.

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  52. I have always enjoyed math as a child and if you taught me it one time I got but Graphing and word problems have always been an issue for me. Word problems it seems like I can never get the numbers in there correct order. Either I have one part right and the rest wrong. I could never understand what they are asking me for and it would always aggravate me and I'm like you know what forget about it. Graphing I hate it so much especially if fractions are involve like I would always get the slopes and the intercepts backwards and if it there are fraction involve I have to turn it into decimals for me to at least understand it but if it is the most simplest form than OK fine I get it but if not I wont be able to understand it at all. Other than that i actually like math and i enjoy doing it.

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  53. My past experiences in math has always been a positive one. I have had several great math professors in the past. I always pushed myself to keep ahead of the game when it came to the subject of math so that I'd be one step ahead of the rest. I began taking college level math at age 11. However, even with this background I have several weaknesses in math. I tend to have a problem with the formulas as there are so many to choose from. Sometimes I plug in the wrong formula to math problems. I also tense up when I take timed exams. I blank out on some math problems although I know how to solve them. I also have the tendency to rush through the math problem and make mistakes in doing so. My strengths are that I like the subject of math. I think that it is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together in order to get an end result. I also like algebra since it involves the use of both numbers and letters. It makes the math problem more fun. I also can compute mathematical problems in my head versus on paper. Math comes easy to me if I have a great teacher who is patient and can adapt to everyone's needs.

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  54. I have always had very little trouble with math. Having had the privilege to attend a small school our teachers were able to pay a little more attention and work with us were we had trouble. However, I usually pick up on math fairly quickly. I would be the one my classmates would come to if they needed help. My issue has been overconfidence. Sometimes I will get overconfident and rush though questions and forget to do small things. I have found that double checking my work helps.

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    1. Thanks for posting Chris. Yes, it happens to even the best mathematicians. When we rush, we tend to make mistakes where we know what the right answer should be..

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  56. Math , the only struggle of my life the only class i have always failed since high school. It has not been easy for me at all. I have had great professors including the one that i actually have. In math i have always study my best and give my all, but sometimes it just does not come easy for me. I can truly say its one of my struggles. I can also say that everything is about practice and dedication. This class and Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin have helped me a lot, and have made my see math easy and also fun, thing i thought i would never say about math. I really hope that everything keeps its pace and that my struggle with this subjects gets to an end. Thanks a lot for your great teaching, Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin.

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    1. Arialis, such strong words, "Math, the only struggle of my life...". Remember, math is fun!

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  57. My past experience at high definitely affected all future attempts to learn the subject. I was completely shut down. Most of the things I know of any math topic was self taught or my daughters teaching me. It is however a past experience very recently that allowed me to have some hope. My professor teaches, he breaks it down, he give you the best ways to understand, he give you step by step approach, he tries to get us all on the same page before moving on, if all fails he offers tutoring to students who needs it. He is great at what he does, love what he does and because of the interest he places in his students I now have a good chance of learning math.

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  58. For as long as i can remember math as always been a subject i struggle with. Too many numbers and too many letters confuse me. It always takes me sometime to understand it. Once i do, do not ask me to explain it because i will get lost again. I know for the career i choose i need to get use to practicing math. Mr.Fleurantin has made math much easier and has broken it down to make is understandable and bearable. I will overcome the many challenges that will face with math.

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    1. Thank you for posting Jennifer. I am happy to see that you want to overcome the challenges you face with math.

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  59. I don't know if my blog went through or not so I am going to write it over. Math growing up in school has always been one of my best subjects. Being out of college for 7 years now, makes it a lot more difficult because I don't remember all the formulas etc. And of course, math is a lot harder now. What I have found successful and helpful have been the practice problems. When professor Fleurantin gives us problems to do on our own because it challenges us to know what we are doing and there are no hints to go by. Class with professor Fleurantin is fun and his love for math motivates us to learn the material.

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    1. It went through and thank you for posting. I am glad to see that Math was always one of your best subject.

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  60. Math for me throughout my school years was difficult for me to understand. Part was because I had little interest in math and the other part was that I had teachers that would not go in to detail with the material that they were trying to teach me. So this made me dis like math and not want to learn it. I hope with this course I can learn all the material required of me to the best of my abilities and to walk out of the class fully understanding the material that was being taught to me.

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  61. Math, A very difficult subject to most people, to me math is very interesting, I love math, because as a child growing up I loved math. Math is only difficult to me when they put it in a sentence and ask us to figure out the answer when there is no problem to be solved that’s when I get frustrated. But other than that, problem solving is my thing. I learn fast and love numbers. Give me a problem and I will solve it. But don’t put it in a sentence please.

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  62. Well numbers are actually a favorite of mine but, when it comes to the other things like letters and shapes in algebra I get intimidated by them. I’m looking forward to learning it again at this time in my life. You seem like you’re going to make this easy. Thank you

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  63. Well for me math had always been my fear-est courses. Back in high school i was one of the teen that would fall asleep during class time, I cant really focused when it comes to math because of all the adding, subtracts and all the functions. It gives me the chill that i would not always do well in math.

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  64. Math has always been very difficult and extremely confusing. I am willing to overcome that fear that I have for math, and take a chance to learn and understand, the proper way to solve equations, fractions....etc

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  65. Going throughout school and having to do Mathematics
    Was always terrifying for I just felt like I was going to fail
    Mathematics before I even tried, its just something about
    That word but if comes to a point that its needed and I have
    To do it I set my mind to try and do my very best and get it
    done sometimes you just have to come out of your comfort
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  66. Math it not one of my favorite subject in school, I have a problem with numbers hopefully I have a great teacher to help me trough it. And I will do my best to learn everything I can.

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  67. The merest mention of Algebra makes me think of failure. Yet I remember my high school math teacher to be very good in the delivery of the subject. I think I am feeding off the negativity of what I hear constantly. In this course I vow to cast aside all that I know and to embrace this learning experience.

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  68. College algebra can be challenging, but as I am in the program which is filled with so many other challenges, I am prepared to work as hard as I can to be good at this. Just as I overcome all of life’s hurdles, so I will prevail. Maybe I should not look at this as a hurdle. I think I will be fine as long as I get over the fear. It will take time, but I know I will.

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    1. Thank you for posting Karen, remember that Math is fun!

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  69. math to has been always difficult for me. I have come to understand that the best results to tackle a problem is continues repetition of the concept. one I understand the underlining factor of the problem it becomes absolutely easy. My goal to do well in math is to always stop understand the problem and practice. I hope my experience in college will be a better one compared to high school.

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  70. I have always been great at math. It come natural for me. I do get excited when I get the answer right simply because I know it is a challenge for most people. Being in this course will help me sharpen up my skills and help me think faster. Therefore solving the equation or problem quickly and efficiently.

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  71. Mathematics it has always been a though subject for me and I believe it has been because I had been somewhat frightened of the information that it involves. In high school I really enjoyed mathematics since the teacher liked what he did and he thought with a passion even when a student had difficulties he would stop and teach it. But everything changed when I did my very first class in college, as being an adult I was more dedicated to school and to learning and I was really looking forward to really learn in the math class, unfortunately my professor did not like to spend time on teaching an individual that was left behind and there is where my major frightening for math begun. I remember I would go to class every day with a knot in my stomach since I knew that if I did not understood something I would have to figure it out by myself later on, and that is exactly what I did, every day that I would go out of the class and get home I would study by myself and that is how I passed the class. As of right now I am still kind of frightened about all of the math subject and I am really looking forward to eliminate that felling and feel good about it, and I believe I will conquer that by having a professor that is willing to have patience and dedication to teach me what I need to learn.

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    1. Thank you for posting Olivia. It is my goal to take the time to make math more approachable.

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  72. Mathematics is a very difficult subject to me, probably because I was focus in my idea of study medicine and in our countries we do not have to get a general education like here in Unite States. Only with your high school classes you go straight to your main courses, and that way you just jump into the core classes depend on your specialty. Many times people are afraid of face things that they are new or not familiar with and that is what happens to me. I consider myself a good student and I going to do my best to get a good experience with math.

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    1. Thank you for posting Yudy, and I appreciate the fact that you are going to do your best. That usually works!

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