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I’m taking a little break from studying and thought I’d give a little update for anyone interested.

I finally finished math. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in school. They don’t teach math the way they used to! It’s all self learning with videos, online homework and (thank goodness) the opportunity to take tests multiple times until passing.

I logged in about 200 hours for the semester with this class. There was a teacher and she was really nice but for the most part she just stood at the front of the room and came over if we needed help. I actually taught myself algebra! My brain hurts.

I sat in the math lab yesterday for 4 1/2 hours determined to pass this final. I had to take it 3 times. I took it 3 times the day before. So, it took 6 tries to finally pass it. I started crying and the moderator thought I had just failed it again. They were just tears of relief. And exhaustion.

I earned a solid B in the class. Bittersweet I admit. My first B ever. This low level algebra class that doesn’t even count toward a degree has just knocked my off my 4.0 GPA pedestal.

But, what’s done is done. Now I study for 2 Microbiology finals and a Physiology final.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 29, 2012
    • When I was in there yesterday the moderator told me that 2 people were already on their 7th try for that test. One girl in class took the midterm 11 times!

      What does that say about how effective the new math teaching methods are? At least for this non traditional (older) student, I think it’s ridiculous the way they do this. I had one personal session with my teacher and, if she was up there in a traditional teaching setting with a class and a blackboard, she would be wonderful. She’s a great teacher without the opportunity to actually teach.



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      Linda L wrote Apr 30, 2012
    • I agree Cynthia.  Many students in grade school are failing math, yet the new math curriculums are pushed as the effective teaching methods.  My co-workers and I have had to tutor struggling students on the new math strategies. Well, if they don’t get it and we introduce the algorythm they find it easier. When my daughter was in high school, since the teacher didn’t explain how to solve a problem she had to ask the math whiz in the classroom. In college she is going thru the same thing as you.

      I’ve been following your dedication on you education. I know you’ll do well on your other finals.  We‘re so proud of you, Cynthia!



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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 30, 2012
    • Whew!  My brain hurt just reading your blog.  The whole way of teaching has changed, no wonder young parents are starting to think more about home schooling.

      The most important thing is you got through it and it is over.  Keeping you in my thoughts every day!!

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      Mia Folkmann wrote May 2, 2012
    • I am very impressed, Cynthia. And I wish you all the best with your next finals. heart



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      Cc-u wrote May 5, 2012
    • Yes—you passed!  Don’t worry about your GPA, it’s still high.  And...YOU NEVER HAVE TO TAKE GHAT CLASS AGAIN!!



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