Pretty easy, overall.
Course Overview:
This class was just the right pace. It had been 19 years since I graduated high school. Everything was coming back to me, it was quite the refresher. My instructor had a lot of patience with the class and she would sometimes show us multiple ways of working out the math problems.
Course highlights:
Initially I took a CLEP before opting to take this class. I couldn't finish in the time allotted and did not pass. I took too much time trying to "remember" or try to figure out the answers. This course refreshed all of the basics.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Attend all of your scheduled classes. The key is the instructor's presence. If you have questions, they have answers. If they explain again and you still don't understand, don't be afraid to tell them....and then ask again. The instructor is there for you. That's their job!
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
First of all, the instructor here at the Yokosuka Naval base approached the course material from a creative scientific perspective. He believed in encouraging us to all make a hypothesis about the relationships between numbers, operations, concepts, and the real world. He told us that like any skill, a dry math spell can become a flowing torrent when you practice at least once a day.
Course highlights:
In Math 103 we learned algebra and introductory statistics. From beginner concepts like real numbers, to order of operations continuing on to fractions, equations, quadratic functions, graphing, and finally calculating standard deviations, financial math and z-scores in statistics. Throughout we practiced these concepts in word problems and constructing the processes out of limited clues. The course taught students how to think in mathematical terms and use these processes in daily life.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
The most effective way to get through a demanding course like this one is to get together with other students, practice the material everyday, and keep in constant communication with ine's professor. Since my institution is located in various navy bases, it has a small overseas center with limited tutoring resources. I contacted my professor before the class started and asked him if he knew of anyone who would be willing to meet with me. He found someone who previously took the course, so I made sure it was ok with him and announced to the class our meeting times so they can join us too. During our meetings many of my peers shared their unique perspectives and strategies in mathematics; such discussion as practice helped all of us. Hold our understanding and confidence with the class material.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The course is designed to give the students a broad scope of math, to include math that a student can actually use in adult life. Basic algebra to how to do a mortgage and budget finances were extremely beneficial.
Course highlights:
I was able to re-learn the math from high school and even learn upper level math with much more ease than I did years ago in a high school setting. learning about mortgages and practical math for today's world was definitely the highlight of the course.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
This was an accelerated 8 week course and I would definitely advise future students to attend every class and stay on top of all homework in a timely manner. If you missed on class it proved extremely difficult to catch up for the next week. It was fun and easy to understand but attendance was paramount.