college math at age 53

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  1. thomas15

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    I managed to get my B.S. degree with a minimum of college math back in 1981. Math, especally algebra has always been a dark cloud on my horizon.

    Well, I've decided to confront this situation head on and do what I would have thought the unthinkable and that is go to my local community college and get a associates degree in math. No real reason behind it other than to achieve a goal and expand my horizons. No real time schedule either, I work full time and have a PT job also so one class at a time, beginning in January.

    Has anyone charted a simular course and if so, how did it go?
     
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    This may have been a different situation, but I graduated with a BS degree and never took a math class, I did CLEP out of my math classes. Then I went to get an MA in Religion and an MDiv. Of course, there were no math requirements. Then, I decided to get my MBA, so there was some intense math, accounting, finance, and economics that I was required to take (in our school, a "C" might as well be an "F", so you had to make a "B" or better). I passed with flying colors, but I probably worked twice as hard to accomplish my degree in those areas.

    If I were you, I might consider getting an Masters. There are some Masters programs that are 20 something hours but you can also use this on a resume and it may allow you to teach that specialization. Just a thought.
     
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    I intend to get a masters some day. In the by and by, I really want to learn math since that was always a problem for me. Since I left college in 1981, I have taken a number of college and or adult classes, carpentry, welding, EMT-B. I also took a few classes at Philidelphia College of Bible. Also, I'm quite un-athletic but I have a BB in tae kwon do, I achieved that through sheer determination. In all cases, I did very well, if there was a letter grade I got an A. I really don't think I'm cut out to be in full time Christian ministry, my adult life has been in technical sales and I'm getting tired of it.

    So I guess the reason I want to master algebra, trig and calc is I think I would like to get further into the medical industry and math is required. But mainly bcause it would be a great challange for me.

    A better way I guess for me to explain this is I want to take my "C" undergrad grades and clean them up, bring them to a higher level then proceed with some advance degree. As an adult I'm a much better student.
     
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    The older I get the better student I become, too.
     
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    Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery
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    Dr. DeBakey almost missed university by failing in mathematics!!!!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    After 17 years out of school, I went back for a 2nd associates degree. This one in Mechanical Engineering. At 45 the math was tough but math is my strong suit.
    I had to get a receint high school graduate to explain that new calculator to me.
     
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    Not exactly, but . . . for my undergrad, I bounced from major to major until the Registrar told me to pick one and not come back. I picked math. I was fair at it, but I was not a natural. It was a puzzle that I wanted to solve.
     
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    You have basically discribed my situation except for the subject. I'm going to start at a basic level and (to quote General Longstreet 3rd day at Gettysburg) give it "maximum effort". But I wanted to hear from others that have traveled this road before me. Thanks.
     
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    Quite a coincidence, I am 53 and going to school, except I “have to” finish a math general education class in order to graduate the end of this year. I will either have to take 2 prerequisite classes to get to the credit I need or pass an evaluation test to get into the right class at the end of this semester. I’m trying to study on my own to prepare for the evaluation test, but if I fail to test out of the prereqs it’s going to cost me. The other courses I’m taking have to be passed with 85% to get a “B” and are really intense so the math requirement at this point is quite a burden.
     
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    I think math is really cool.
    I failed it a number of times in college, and all I was trying to do was get up to college level.
    After getting diagnosed with a learning/ math disability, they said they would allow me to take science courses instead of math courses. But I wasn't allowed to take the science courses without having passed certain math courses so it's a pretty stupid way to help, but it got them around the requirement to provide an alternative. It was an alternative, just not one that could be used. *sigh*

    I did have a physics professor sign off and let me take physics and I did fine with that math. In fact, he'd sometimes ask me the answer to a problem during a lecture if he didn't have it on hand. Can't explain it, but that type of math I can do as long as it's in a situation like that where I don't have to think about it.
    It's all very odd.

    But that's life. At least I was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA since the math I failed (repeatedly) wasn't college level and didn't count against the GPA system.

    Got so tired of tears and long nights and reading and going through every single tutor and still not getting it! It's even worse when you LIKE it and find it interesting and really want to learn it. I remember one night I was so tired and mad that I picked up the math book and bit it, leaving teethmarks. :laugh: They wouldn't buy it back after the semester because it was "damaged." Now I know my anger bite is worth $120, hehe!
     
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    Wife still makes fun me because I can handle millions of dollars, resolve many math problems, but can't make change for a dollar!!!! Go figure!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I teach "JuCo" math, Basic Arithmetic through Calculus and Differential Equations. Today, there is a wealth of resources, thanks to the internet. It is rather simple to find help at places like youtube etc for short often excellent video lectures pertaining to algebra and the like. The principle of "never give up" is necessary for those who struggle with mathematics, finding a professor who is energetic and enthusiastic is also a plus, so ask around your local campus. Many college campuses offer free tutoring as a service to their students. Don't be intimidated to seek help from the professor, most of us absolutely LOVE students who take the initiative and seek assistance.

    The keys to success in a math class are regular attendance with attentiveness, and working LOTS of practice and homework problems.

    Math is our Friend.
     
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    A recurring thought I have is a quote from one of my high school math teachers. He would address the class using the phrase "friends of algebra". Of course most of us were not friends of algebra in any sense of the word but the phrase has stuck with me over the years. And I intend to make myself a friend of algebra at all costs.

    At this stage in life I attribute my lack of love for math mainly to a lack of energy in my youth.
     
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    Thomas, I wish you good luck and Godspeed with this endeavor. Feel free to PM me if you have questions, possible to answer in email. Blessings.
     
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    I went back to college and got my BS degree when I was 50. I took Intermediate and College Algebra, Trigonometry and per-Calculus. I have several Calculus textbooks and would love to learn it, but I fear I have reached my limit in math. I will be 60 next year and I would have to pretty much retake Trig and really bone up on Algebra. I don't think I have the time or the brain cells left to do the job.
     

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