WELCOME to a mathematics course at Ventura College! To help you make this experience a successful one, the members of the mathematics faculty offer the following suggestions:
- ATTEND EVERY CLASS. Mathematics is a building process. Absences cause gaps in learning. You are responsible for all work and information—even when absent. (Be careful! You can legally be dropped after two weeks' worth of absences.)
- TAKE NOTES. Notes highlight important points. Review notes often. When absent, photocopy the notes of a reliable student. Keep them organized.
- KNOW YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S STANDARDS. How many tests? What kind? Curve or set scale? Final exam counts what percentage? (25% for comprehensive final is the departmental minimum.) Credit for homework or attendance?
- DO THE ASSIGNMENTS BETWEEN CLASS SESSIONS. Daily practice is important. Expect to invest at least two hours outside class per class hour (more, if studying for an exam).
- LEARN FROM YOUR TESTS. BE THERE for test reviews. They reveal your strengths, weaknesses, and what you should know. Re-take tests on your own, working against a timer.
- CALCULATORS? Find out when they are permitted and which kinds are allowed.
- CLASS GOING TOO FAST? Every class requires a minimum pace to complete the necessary material. You must keep up!
- FIRST, try helping yourself. Did you try doing the homework? Did you work through the examples in the book? Did you review your notes?
- SECOND, try help from your instructor. Use office hours to clarify problems.
- THIRD, try help from the Math Center. Check hours available for drop-in help from math students and instructors.
- FOURTH, try help from the Tutoring Center in the LRC.
OTHER QUESTIONS YOU HAVE NOW? . . . . . . . . ASK!
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —Colin Powell