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January 26th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, what would you guys advise me to do?

I'm Evelyn, and I'm a newbie. I am just going to start college, since a an emergency accrued that didn't allow me to go to school after I graduated high school, and I need to take the placement test. But the problem is I don't remember much on what I learned. I was so good at math, with always an A in the subject, but now I cant remember much. Is there anything I can do to help me freshen up, or remember what I learned before taking the placement test, so that I wont have to start from the beginning?
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January 27th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Hello everyone, what would you guys advise me to do?

I would find some algebra/trig books (or even calculus if you go that far). Particularly Schaum's Outlines have really good problems, and are good as reference books...
Work through them-- don't read any more than you have to, just do problems... Start at the beginning, and work through them, even if they seem "too easy", just do a lot of problems. If you feel like you're not learning anything anymore, don't do all the problems in that section... in fact, don't do all the problems, anyway. Find the problems that look more difficult, and try to do as many as you can in 30 or 45 minutes (without racing-just work, and then stop when the time's up). If you feel like you feel comfortable, move on to the next section. If you don't feel comfortable, read some of the chapter and try the examples, and then try it again.

That's my advice.
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January 30th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: Hello everyone, what would you guys advise me to do?

Brushing up a little bit is okay, but don't forget that the placement test is supposed to measure your current abilities - and if you don't remember much, then maybe you should be placed in the beginner classes. There's nothing wrong with that.

Everyone's situation is different, but my experience with placement tests - I had been out of school for a while, and I took a math placement test. I placed into Calculus I, which was the highest placement for this test. But, I opted to begin with College Algebra anyway (not even Pre-Calc!). See, I had been out of school for a while, and I thought this would be helpful to build my confidence and GPA. By the time I got into Calculus, I had a really strong foundation and tons of confidence.
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