Thursday, July 7, 2011
MathPath: Remember what you forgot before you forget to remember it
Come to find out, I am not alone. Tons of people who come to college, especially those who have sat out of school for a while, forget math skills. Many of them are surprised that even though they made A's in high school math, they come to TCC and have to take zero-credit math classes because of the skills they've lost. And sometimes, students must take multiple zero-credit math classes before they can enroll in a three-credit math class. That's right: These are classes that students are required to take that don't count toward a degree or certificate.
The math faculty at TCC have come up with a way to reduce or eliminate the need to take these zero-credit classes in order to save students time and money. They are offering a continuing education class this summer that is a math prep class called MathPath. By reviewing math skills with students before they take the math placement test, students are more likely to be ready to take a math credit class, such as College Algebra.
Saving time and money? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is a good thing.