Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Since my freshman of college, I have always struggled with mathematics. I didn't have the foundations necessary to complete the homework problems and I struggled heavily during calculus I. When I got to calculus II with Dr. Chen as my professor, thing's changed. He was an excellent professor and helped me and the whole class really understand the concepts and doing practice problems on the board that were in the textbook which also appeared (as different numbers) on his quizzes. Speaking of the quizzes, they were difficult, but doable because they had integrated concepts within a single problem inwhich if you went to class, payed attention, took notes and asked questions, they were fairly easily to solve. Like all Temple Math examinations, they were difficult but for our section with Dr. Chen helping us prepare, I managed to score my first 95 on the first Exam! The take away though is that in order to excel in this class along with all other math courses in your undergraduate career, do as many practice problems as you possibly can. Keep aside all emotions and study alone in a quiet area to make sure you get them done. Then, any problems you don't know how to do, circle them and report them to your professor to help you before you go to other classmates. Overall, don't give up because one or two bad quizzes, keep your chin up and keep pushing forward and practicing daily.
One thing I would like to highlight in this course is that it's not as bad, scary and difficult as everyone makes it out to be. I had those same fears as everyone else when they were taking pre-calculus and Calculus I, thinking, "oh man, Calculus II is going to kill me" and.. it didn't. I learned to practice everyday and to not be afraid to ask questions if I didn't understand a concept. I also learned that online homework combined with Slader homework solutions made this course very doable and even enjoyable. The most important thing I learned was that this was a course that builds discipline. If you didn't do the homework/practice, you failed. Simple as that. So, regardless of how I felt that day, I kept at it and got the grades I never thought I would achieve.
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Advice for students:
You need to practice every single day. It doesn't matter if it's for even 30 minutes that day just reviewing example problems you copied from the professor off of the board. Like the area under the curve, it all adds up to a total sum being your grade at the end of the course. Also, stay away from large study groups, it's nothing but a time waste and you can actually get more done efficiently by one on one tutoring with either your professor or tutoring center. Lastly, do not let other student's opinion of the course prevent you from taking it/dropping out of it. do not let other students or anything really distract from studying for this class. It's not easy if you don't put in the work. Overall, anti-derivatives itself are actually really easy, its the algebra that trips people up so make sure you know youre pre-calculus cold and this class will be cake (with practice). I believe you stranger, you got this.