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For course syllabi, please go to http://www.collin.edu/hb2504/syllabi.htmlLinks to an external site..

Do not hesitate to contact me (rkarr@collin.edu) if I may be of assistance. I am also available to meet with you during my office hours or other times (by appointment). I218, SCC.

Learning mathematics requires focusing on WHY things work as they do. It is NOT about memorizing the rules. As your mathematical level increases, there are simply too many variations to be able to memorize each one. The key is to apply concepts to new situations.

This focus will help you to become more organized, analytical, and ultimately intellectually curious. It is not a hurdle, but rather an opportunity to develop better problem solving techniques.

Here are a few steps toward success:

  • Attend class regularly. Be an active participant, taking good notes and then creating note cards for each concept.
  • Learning takes time. Spend 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class.
  • Pre-reading has been proven effective. Thus, read the section that will be discussed prior to class.
  • Complete each homework assignment prior to the next class.
  • Ask questions! Focus on WHY rather than memorizing the steps.
  • View the entire puzzle. Each piece of mathematics contributes to a bigger picture. If you do not see it, consult with your instructor.
  • Take advantage of all the resources at Collin College! Please see student resources at http://www.collin.edu/studentresources/Links to an external site..


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