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Title: Considerations for Distance-Learning Math Students Source: Winning at Math, Your Guide to Learning Mathematics Through Successful Study Skills, 4th edition. Paul Nolting, Ph.D. Learning Specialist


1
Considerations for Distance-LearningMath
StudentsSource Winning at Math, Your Guide to
Learning Mathematics Through Successful Study
Skills, 4th edition. Paul Nolting, Ph.D.
Learning Specialist
2
Its Not For Everyone!!
  • Students taking distance-learning math classes
    have a special challenge in order to be
    successful.
  • If you struggle with math, a distance-learning
    course should be your LAST option!
  • In order to be successful, you will need
    additional math study skills, better resources
    and excellent time management skills.
  • You must be able to become an INDEPENDENT
    LEARNER!!!

3
Myth Distance Learning Classes Are Easier.
  • Distance learning courses are NOT easier it is
    just more convenient.
  • You will put MORE time into an online course, so
    be realistic about your learning style and study
    habits/skills when you make the decision to take
    this type of course.

4
Characteristics of Successful Learners
  • In order to be successful, you must have
  • Easy access to the required computer equipment,
    software, and e-mail. This includes high-speed
    internet access in order to avoid being bumped
    off line.
  • Necessary level of skills to use the above.
  • High motivation to complete the course.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to take responsibility to study without
    being reminded.
  • Good reading skills.
  • A supporting family.

5
Characteristics of Successful Learners
  • In order to be successful, you must
  • Be a good independent learner, able to learn by
    yourself with little interaction from the
    instructor.
  • Be a good visual learner, able to learn by seeing
    the information.
  • Be a good abstract learner, able to learn by
    understanding concepts without asking many
    questions.
  • Have access to additional resources to enhance
    your learning.

6
So, Are You Ready?
  • Answer each of the following questions with
    YES, NO, or I DONT KNOW to help give you a
    good idea about your readiness to take a
    distance-learning course.
  • BE HONEST!

7
Question 1
  • I have the computer, software, e-mail,
    and internet services necessary to be an online
    learner.

8
Question 2
  • I can motivate myself to learn.

9
Question 3
  • I can dedicate several hours a day
  • for 5 days a week to do my
  • distance learning.

10
Question 4
  • I know that most of the time distance-learning
    classes are
  • more difficult
  • than regular classroom courses.

11
Question 5
  • I can learn from books
  • instead of talking to people.

12
Question 6
  • I like learning by myself.

13
Question 7
  • I have outside resources
  • to aid in my learning.

14
Question 8
  • I will be able to arrange my schedule in order to
    accommodate
  • the testing schedule.

15
Question 9
  • I have excellent reading skills.

16
Question 10
  • I have a separate study area
  • with ample workspace.

17
Evaluate Your Responses
  • Count the number of times you responded YES.
  • Eight or more Probably Ready
  • Five to seven May Be Ready
  • Five or less You May Have Extreme Difficulty

18
Tips for Success
  • Read the Syllabus It is your boss! Remember
    that the syllabus is your contract with the
    institution, and you must abide by it and follow
    it to the letter.
  • Treat this like a regular course. Set a specific
    time of day to learn the lessons, study, and do
    homework. It is recommended that you schedule
    eight to ten hours a week to study math just like
    a regular class.

19
Tips for Success
  • Communicate with your instructor. Students must
    take more initiative to talk with instructors in
    distance-learning courses.
  • Send a test e-mail to make sure your e-mail
    systems are compatible. The instructor expects
    your e-mails and will answer them.
  • Call your instructor if you have detailed
    questions that cant be easily answered online.

20
Tips for Success
  • Build up your personal resources before you need
    them. Know what learning resources you have
    available and be prepared to use them.
  • Places to look for resources
  • Shelton State Community College
  • County libraries
  • Commercial tutor centers
  • Private tutoring

21
Web Resources
  • Online mini-lessons, algebra models and
    worksheets are at certain websites. Some are
    free while others require registration with a
    fee. Some sites to visit
  • http//math.usask.ca/readin/menu.html
  • http//www.veazeys.com/math/lessons.html
  • http//www.np.edu.sg/bms
  • http//www.sosmath.com
  • http//www.coolmath.com

22
Web Resources (continued)
  • http//skillstutor.com
  • http//www.algebrahelp.com
  • http//www.quickmath.com
  • http//www.gomath.com
  • http//www.hotmath.com
  • http//mathforum.org/dr.math/
  • http//www.purplemath.com

23
Some Final Words
  • Seek help when you need it.
  • Dont get behind.
  • Study hard.
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • GOOD LUCK!
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