A Christopher Newport University dean once told a group of college admissions advisors and school counselors, myself included, that college students should take as much college level math as they could, until they got a ‘C’. For me that would have been Calculus I or Statistics II. Thankfully, I did not enter college with an eye towards majoring in Engineering, Math or a science. I would have flunked out after the freshman year.
College level math is rarely a favorite subject among the high school and college students that I meet. It’s a requirement, something to “get through.” I’m sure most of them did. But they could have done better if they had been better prepared for college level math in high school. The math scores they received on their PSAT or their first SAT should have been a sign, maybe a call for help.
Unfortunately for college-bound students who either struggle with math or dislike it, most college majors will require a semester or more of college level math. The best way to prepare for college level math is to take math during every year in high school, until you get a ‘C’. The brighter students usually don’t.
Why do I offer this advice?
It’s doubtful that a college-bound student will take me up on this, but I suggest that s/he consider checking out the math requirements for their prospective major at every school on their short list. Here’s another suggestion: Go a step further, visit the school on a day that they can sit in on the math course that will be required for their degree. Those who feel lost will still have time to prepare for the day that they have to sit in that classroom, or consider another major.
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