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    Jul 07, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Honors precalculus was the most challenging math course I have ever taken, because I was exposed to many new concepts and symbols that I had never heard of, and because the tests were extremely difficult but had the most impact on my grade. However, by taking the class, I gained better time management skills, a stronger work ethic, and a much larger appreciation for math.

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    Honors precalculus involved almost-daily homework, a number of sometimes impossibly difficult tests, five-minute and five-question quizzes, and one optional individual project that students did if they wanted a chance at a letter of recommendation from the teacher. I had all of these tasks to handle in addition to five other challenging courses, so I learned to manage time wisely by always trying to finish homework quickly and minimize sidetracking. Another place where time management was essential was the optional project. I was given four months to build a model, make a backdrop, and do calculations applying precalculus concepts, so in order to avoid last-minute cramming, I had to work on the project every day. This experience gave me an entirely new appreciation for time management, since I had been so used to procrastinating but doing decently well. In addition to time management, the class gave me a stronger work ethic, because it forced me to work extremely hard to master the content and score well on tests (usually). I found myself studying for several hours nonstop the day before a test, something I never did before taking this class. Accompanying this work ethic, I found myself setting ambitious goals in the class, something I could have never imagined myself doing because I had disliked math so strongly in the past. Thus, taking honors precalculus changed my view on math and strengthened my time management and work ethic, turning me into a more determined and efficient person, and I would recommend the class for those who seek a real challenge.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Always keep on top of the material. If you do not understand something, make sure to ask, because all of the concepts and tests are cumulative. If you have even one hole in your foundation, then you will not be able to understand future concepts, and you will not score well on tests. Also, before tests, make sure you go over all of the material again. I would recommend going over the material, redoing homework problems, and even looking over old tests, since doing all of this helped me get good grades on tests. Even if you think you know everything well, you should still go over the material, because you do not get much time during tests, so it is critical that you can answer each question quickly, and that requires being very familiar with the subject.

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