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MATH 1535 GEOM & MATH OF DESIGN

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    Dec 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to very visual learners. This course is self-taught (with the help of your math instructor if you ask), so it may be hard to catch on at first. But once you get the hang of practicing problems and trying to understand the lesson, the quizzes come easy.

    Course highlights:

    I have learned how to manage my time more efficiently because this class does not have a designated meeting time. And from that, I know at what capacity I can learn and how much time it takes for me to understand the material. The highlights were toward the end of the course, where all the concepts you've learned from the beginning of the semester start to tie into each other.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed, I highly recommend the practice problems. The quizzes and tests are almost identical to the practice problems -- also, do as many practice problems as possible! If there is a certain type of problem you are struggling with, keep reworking it. There is an option to repeat the problem with different figures.

    • Fall 2016
    • Nicholas Robbins
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 31, 2015
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Although this course is required if you are in an architecture major, I wish to warn you about this course. It is online, and it is primarily self-taught. The professor has hours, and you can risk asking the students around you for help, but you will often find yourself on your own. This class also involves getting yourself to the Math Emporium, located at the University Mall just about a mile away from campus. It's dark, dreary, and makes you want nothing more than to leave. This sounds like an exaggeration, but I assure you that it is the popular opinion of Virginia Tech students that have taken classes at the Empo. As far as this specific course goes, I often found the material confusing and scattered, only finding the answers after several hours of repeating practice problems. It's teaching for testing, and that doesn't get you anywhere.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a sense of independence for having to teach myself the majority of the course material. It also encouraged me to participate in group study sessions that I normally would have been too introverted to initiate. Necessity called for a boost in my independence, and my grade reflected as such.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Get help from friends taking the class with you. It provides moral support both when you succeed and when you fail, as you will often see similar grade trends among you and your classmates. More importantly, don't give up. I had several moments where I just wanted to guess and move on, but working on it and having those "Eureka!" moments were worth the effort. Also, make sure you don't miss the deadlines. That can make your grade drop very quickly.

    • Fall 2015
    • Robbins
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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