Be aware that in a typical lower division math class only about 65% of the students starting the class receive a C- or higher, only 30-35% receive an A or B. To increase your chances of passing and getting a good grade in any math course that you are taking, please consider the following suggestions.
**Do Your Homework.**Most students find that San Jose State University math classes are usually much more difficult than they expected. As a general rule of thumb for lower division classes, you should spend at least two hours outside of class working on homework for every one hour that you spend inside the classroom. For upper division classes, expect to spend more time on studying the material.**Understand the material.**Instead of just doing homework exercises, read the book and your notes.**Ask for Help.**When you encounter homework problems that you don’t understand ask your instructor for help. Ask questions in class or go to his/her office hours. You can also go to the University Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) for free tutoring. AMP workshops are available for the lower division math classes.**Form a Study Group.**Get to know some of the students in your class and form a study group if you really want to learn the material well. The purpose of the study group should be to understand the material and not to copy each other's homework.**Sign up for a Student workshop.**If you are taking Math 19, Math 30, Math 30P, Math 31, Math 32 or Math 42, you can also attend a workshop.**Know the Prerequisites.**Make sure you satisfy the prerequisite for any math class that you are taking or plan to take. If you are not sure consult your instructor or look in the SJSU catalog.**Know the rules.**Read the policy section of the university catalog. For example: SJSU policies concerning dropping classes and repeating courses may differ from those at other institutions that you have attended. Information about repeating courses is available at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/narr/catalog/rec-1919.html. Be sure to read he policy about repeating courses using academic renewal. During the first two weeks of each semester, you can drop courses through https://my.sjsu.edu, and the courses dropped will not appear on your transcript. (Consult the Schedule of Classes for the exact drop deadline.) After the first two weeks of the semester, you need to obtain a drop petition (available at the Student Services Center), obtain your instructor's signature on the petition, and submit the petition to Academic Services. In order to drop the course, the petition must be approved by Academic Services. You will be required to document serious and compelling reasons for dropping a class. You will not be allowed to drop a course based on poor performance in the course. If the withdrawal is approved by Academic Services, a grade of W will appear on your transcript.
Read this article by Prof. Zucker of Johns Hopkins University. Academic Orientation for Fall Semester Freshman Lecture CoursesSteven Zucker, Professor of Mathematics
What follows is what an entering freshman should hear about the academic side of university life [in mathematics (and the sciences)]. It is distilled from what I've learned and written concerning the need for academic orientation. The underlying premise, whose truth is very easy to demonstrate, is that most students who are admitted to a university like JHU were being taught in high school well below their level. The intent here is to reduce the time it takes for the student to appreciate this and to help him or her adjust to the demands of working up to level in the college environment.
1. 2. Expect to have material covered at 3. Lecture time is at a premium, so must be used
efficiently. You cannot be "taught" everything in the classroom. outside the classroom. It is reasonable
to put in two hours outside the classroom for each hour of class. 4. The instructor's job is primarily to provide a
framework, with 5. You are expected to read the textbook for comprehension. It gives the detailed account of the material of the course. It also contains many examples of problems worked out, and these should be used to supplement those you see in the lecture. The textbook is not a novel, so the reading must often be slow-going and careful. However, there is the clear advantage that you can read it at your own pace. Use pencil and paper to work through the material, and to fill in omitted steps. 6. As for a)
before the material is presented in lecture. That is, come prepared
for class. Then, the faster-paced college-style lecture will make more
sense. b) If you haven't looked at the book beforehand, try to pick up what you can from the lecture. Though the lecture may seem hard to follow (cf. #2), absorb the general idea and/or take thorough notes, hoping to sort it out later, while studying from the book outside of class. 7. It is the student's responsibility to communicate clearly in writing up solutions of the questions and problems in homework and exams. The rules of language still apply in mathematics, and apply even when symbols are used in formulas, equations, etc. Exams will consist largely of fresh problems that fall within the material that is being tested. ---------- [ |