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Don’t Be a Statistic

- Nationally, remedial mathematics courses are needed by 20% of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students
- Locally (UHD & HCC), about 60% FTICs place into developmental mathematics courses

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Don’t Be a Statistic

- UHD developmental courses
- Beginning algebra (429/907*=47%)
- Intermediate algebra (524/907=58%)

- College Algebra or equivalent
- Required for all degrees
- Prerequisite for college level mathematics and science
*FTIC cohort 2000-2003

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Don’t Be a Statistic

- Math 0300 Beginning Algebra
- 249/429 (58%) passed first time (70+)
- 42/429 (10%) passed with one repeat
- 19/429 (4%) passed with two repeats
- 10/429 (2%) passed with three repeats
- 109/429 (25%) did not pass

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Don’t Be a Statistic

- Placement scores determine the first course at college
- Placement tests contain many of the same problems and objectives as Algebra I and Algebra II (60%)
- Most problems contain basic arithmetic
- Many of these are application problems

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Don’t Be a Statistic

- Students do not understand the consequences of not preparing for placement tests
- UHD students will soon need SAT scores
- Open admissions institutions do not set a minimum standard, but may use the scores for placement

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Arithmetic Mastery

All students need to know their arithmetic facts (+,-,X,/) to be successful in life as well as future classes

- Shopping
- Voting
- Accuracy
- Fluency in numeracy
- Quantitative reasoning

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Arithmetic Mastery

All students need to be able to calculate with facility to maximize their future potential

- Tools to think with
- Confidence to explore
- Mathematics knowledge correlates with economic success

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Arithmetic Mastery

An example of formative evaluation for integer addition: Zero Out

- Open the door to calculations beyond naturals
- Have fun in mathematics class
- Make positive changes in student beliefs, attitudes, and emotions about school mathematics

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Math Survival Skills

- Buy the textbook and other required materials
- Attend all class sessions
- Read the syllabus; know what is on it
- Be aware of all exam dates
- Keep up with your professor – do not fall behind the professor’s schedule

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Math Survival Skills

- Know your professor’s name and office location
- Use your professor’s office hours to ask questions
- Do all the homework required for the course
- Utilize the study-buddy system in every class
- If you miss class, make up the work

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Math Survival Skills

- Use all free tutoring and labs available
- Review all errors on quizzes and exams and make corrections
- Keep all work in an organized binder
- Use all work to study for the Final
- Attend any Final Exam Review sessions

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Contacts

- Bonnie Blumberg [email protected]
- Nancy Leveille [email protected]
http://cms.dt.uh.edu/Faculty/LeveilleN

- Frankie Solomon [email protected]

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