tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post2592105668211362749..comments2020-01-27T02:23:26.811-08:00Comments on Dyscalculia.org BLOG: Can't pass college algebra, degree out of reach.Unknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger150125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-46573449725503612042019-09-24T05:37:02.347-07:002019-09-24T05:37:02.347-07:00I as well had great difficulty with algebra. I cou...I as well had great difficulty with algebra. I could probably understand much more as to them requiring it if we all were going to design a rocket ship to Mars. I am now much older and I have not ONCE in my life have had any need to use algebra ever but I have used plenty of regular math in day to day living. I thought way back when it was a ridiculous requirement...and still do.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-88138257157956502592018-07-16T22:42:56.747-07:002018-07-16T22:42:56.747-07:00Great blog. All posts have something to learn. You...Great blog. All posts have something to learn. Your work is very good and i appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts <a href="https://themathscentre.com" rel="nofollow">fully worked exam</a>Fernando Bragghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05123468593036282713noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-23237315576413031242017-07-28T15:00:22.715-07:002017-07-28T15:00:22.715-07:00I have all of my requirements to transfer to a 4 y...I have all of my requirements to transfer to a 4 year university, except math. I cannot pass basic algebra. I have failed the classes so much that my GPA fell too low to qualify for financial aid. <br /><br />I thought maybe I would try to join the military but I wouldn't be able to do well on the math portion of the ASVAB, and much of the science, and mechanics portions seem to be dependent on math as well so I don't see myself being able to achieve a passing score.<br /><br />This disability has ruined my life.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-26864749882577063292017-01-23T11:18:18.629-08:002017-01-23T11:18:18.629-08:00This class is to make you think period. This being...This class is to make you think period. This being my third attempt I think I could shed some light into how to pass. <br />1) Do all the homework and then bring into the professor’s office the ones you had trouble with and do on practice tests<br />2) Expect every test/exam/final to cover those problems you are not good at or don’t get. ( This is way I failed my second attempt)<br />3) Use different colored pens whatever for every step. Draw small cartoons or something you can use to remember the steps.<br />4) Go to the same lecture twice. Ask your professor if its ok for you to go to there other classes or a different professor all together. Use the internet to find different ways that match your way of things. <br /><br /><br />MAT0018- Failed<br />MAT0018- Passed C+<br />MAT1033- Failed<br />MAT1033- Failed<br />MAT1033- Will attempt one more time<br />I have very strong dyscalculia. MAT1033 is the stepping stone to continue in college and with only 15 credit hours left till my AA, 6 of those being math and not the nice math classes. MAT1033 must be passed before I can take Coll Alg, Trig , Precalc, and then finally what my major requires Calculus 1 with Lab lovely. I am financially near the end of being able to continue college and debate switching to a easier degree or dropping out completely due to bloody MAT1033. Frustration and rage are in understatement. <br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-28573680559216267532017-01-10T18:58:19.520-08:002017-01-10T18:58:19.520-08:00My business degree was a cakewalk, Trig - no probl...My business degree was a cakewalk, Trig - no problem. Statistics - no problem. I decided to go back for a Masters in Biology after a 20 year break.... MAJOR problem with Calculus. <br /><br />It's like me brain takes a permanent holiday from itself when it sees the equations. In any practical, real-world application for these maths, I know the problems and I can work out the solutions but, damned if I how how I did it or how I'm able to prove the work. X's to the Y's by the squares of the blah blah blah *some Greek name* whatsamacallit to the thing-a-ma-jig. That's as much sense as any of it makes at that point.<br /><br />The funny part is, it's not the Math that's the problem; it's getting my brain wrapped around the proper explanation for the Math, that's the problem.<br /><br />I only aced my high school advanced Math classes by studying the State Finals practice tests and "playing the system", if my quick calculations were 1 above this, but 3 below that, I knew they had to be this answer. etc. etc. On the fly, in the real world, my Math is nearly perfect. In the classroom, via a text book, written on paper, my Math skills are a sad, sick joke without a punchline.Parrot Personhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11357594681342154634noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-19823782508598453422017-01-10T18:20:50.418-08:002017-01-10T18:20:50.418-08:00Unbelievable that all these stories are here. I am...Unbelievable that all these stories are here. I am 47 and was going back to school for computer science. School was always a joke for me. All A's and B's in high school and 2 other colleges. I breezed through Trigonometry with a 99 in high school but was not required to take any math at the 2 other colleges I attended over the decades. This past semester was my first for this major. I got 3 A's but a D in precalculus. All semester I worked and studied harder for that one class than for any of my other 35 credits by far. 10-12 hour days doing it. I spent 165 hours logged into the terrible MyMathLab and another 100 minimum doing written homework and studying/watching lectures. My first warning was the in person mid term. It was like I forgot everything I had done. It may as well have been written in chinese. Terrible score. I thought it was just anxiety, so I got a chance to retake it after studying for another grueling week. Same chinese, 5 points higher but still terrible.<br /><br />After watching every YouTube video, tutoring, and doing everything I could, I failed the final even worse. My final homework averages were 93 and 94. The math wasn't hard as I was doing it, learning it. But when I would stop for a few hours, go take the test, it was like my memory was erased.I ended up with a D after all that work. A C or better is required to progress so I guess I am never getting that degree.<br /><br />I am not going to try again because frankly I don't have time to waste. I will just switch to something else. I had never even gotten a C before and now I wasted 100's of hours over months of not only my time but my family's time as well. All blown in 2, 2 hour tests. <br /><br />I felt so terrible and stupid after those tests, I'm sure some of you can understand.<br /><br />What I don't understand is why it happened. I'm glad I found this and I am not alone. Good luck to all.DaveCnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-48457910859727949332017-01-04T10:28:13.033-08:002017-01-04T10:28:13.033-08:00I don't know if anyone is still following this...I don't know if anyone is still following this thread or not. But, I have the same exact problem and I have had it for years. Now, being older and going to college I have started to realize that what is going on is not normal. I will study for days and days and think I know what I need to know for a test and completely go blank and forget everything when I loo at the test in front of me. I am going to an educational psychologist next week for an evaluation for dyscalculia. That's gonna cost $250.00. I got into the nursing program and did good in all of my nursing classes except for Medical Calculations. I could never remember the formulas and the steps I needed to take to get the answer. Eventhouh, I studied for hours and hours, sometimes full days. I failed that class with a 76, you have to make at least an 80 on all of you nursing class exams in order to pass and move forward in the program. I seriously feel like pulling my hair out or someone elses. The nursing instructors or the dean of nursing will not listen to me. I feel lie I could passee the test I failed if I had the proper accommodations. I just feel like, I wasn't able to do the math on a normal playing field as everyone else. Because, my bran does not work like everyone elses. I should be able to retake those test since I received a diagnosis, but they want let me. Danalou83 Ahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01199632714925980420noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-20562795063671731402017-01-04T10:26:43.191-08:002017-01-04T10:26:43.191-08:00I don't know if anyone is still following this...I don't know if anyone is still following this thread or not. But, I have the same exact problem and I have had it for years. Now, being older and going to college I have started to realize that what is going on is not normal. I will study for days and days and think I know what I need to know for a test and completely go blank and forget everything when I loo at the test in front of me. I am going to an educational psychologist next week for an evaluation for dyscalculia. That's gonna cost $250.00. I got into the nursing program and did good in all of my nursing classes except for Medical Calculations. I could never remember the formulas and the steps I needed to take to get the answer. Eventhouh, I studied for hours and hours, sometimes full days. I failed that class with a 76, you have to make at least an 80 on all of you nursing class exams in order to pass and move forward in the program. I seriously feel like pulling my hair out or someone elses. The nursing instructors or the dean of nursing will not listen to me. I feel lie I could passee the test I failed if I had the proper accommodations. I just feel like, I wasn't able to do the math on a normal playing field as everyone else. Because, my bran does not work like everyone elses. I should be able to retake those test since I received a diagnosis, but they want let me. Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01199632714925980420noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-76178609180871975172016-10-20T09:53:13.405-07:002016-10-20T09:53:13.405-07:00I used to have algebra problem but not anymore. Th...I used to have algebra problem but not anymore. Thanks to my online algebra tutor. The best possible online tutoring experience is one in which the student feels as if the online tutor is right there in the same room. https://preply.com/en/skype/algebra-tutorsMa. Janice Dueteshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02231487745881271563noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-87208963240161334432016-08-22T20:12:44.426-07:002016-08-22T20:12:44.426-07:00The schools make a lot of money from students who ...The schools make a lot of money from students who have had to repeat algebra several times. Most instructors can't teach. Honestly, its a money maker. Period. Ive been working in Legal 30 years and have never used algebra. 1 in 4 high school students di nit graduate due to failing algebra. Check out the statistics fir your college on the ratio if pass/fails for algebra at your school. uou will FIND MORE students fail than pass. Money maker for schools. Cheryl McChttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18277670743946382809noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-25830790541120826082016-08-22T20:11:45.276-07:002016-08-22T20:11:45.276-07:00The schools make a lot of money from students who ...The schools make a lot of money from students who have had to repeat algebra several times. Most instructors can't teach. Honestly, its a money maker. Period. Ive been working in Legal 30 years and have never used algebra. 1 in 4 high school students di nit graduate due to failing algebra. Check out the statistics fir your college on the ratio if pass/fails for algebra at your school. uou will FIND MORE students fail than pass. Money maker for schools. Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18277670743946382809noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-16181337637193259702016-01-05T13:40:04.751-08:002016-01-05T13:40:04.751-08:00Wow, read the responses here and I cried. Over 50...Wow, read the responses here and I cried. Over 50 and I have avoided college for years because of algebra. I finally just passed pre-algebra after three tries and now have to look forward to college algebra. <br /><br />My homework scores are great, I can work through a problem when I have the formulas and simple instructions. Take those away and I'm lost, so my exam scores weigh me down. <br /><br />My GPA is great except for algebra. I'm so happy to hear I'm not alone, but wish there was a better solution for us all to get to the next step. I'm not sure about anyone else here, but I will only need accounting for my career path, which I can handle, but I don't think algebra will come into play much, and again if I need to do it, a little backup instruction and I can get through it. <br /><br />Good luck to all, I'll be back to share my pain and hopefully some successes.<br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-76067383785139830772015-12-09T23:25:14.906-08:002015-12-09T23:25:14.906-08:00Anon, that's useless. In order to get a degree...Anon, that's useless. In order to get a degree in california, you have to complete GE requirements, which involve math. There's honestly no way around it unless your school offers math substitution.Umberhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14474305887800994146noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-32641818541148163182015-11-10T12:57:14.625-08:002015-11-10T12:57:14.625-08:00I feel you. I'm a mature student :) who has st...I feel you. I'm a mature student :) who has struggled with math all my life. Each math I've passed, it took at least 2 times to do so. Once I made it to college algebra, I couldn't go any further. I failed that twice and apparently now I have to pay the out of state fee ($1200.00) to retake this course. I don't have that kind of money to take a class I know I will not pass. I only have 6 credits left for my AA and those are math. I spoke with a counselor who suggested that I had a math disability, but in order to find out, I had to see a psychologist and go through a serious of testing. Not only did I find out that I have a severe math disability (that would only manifest itself in higher math), I had a shopping cart full of other issues I didn't know I had. LOL. . It's hard once you decide to go back to school especially when you've been absent from school for so long. It has been an uphill battle for me to work full time and go to school part-time at my age. I am only 6 credits away from the AA. I am determined not to let anyone or anything keep me from obtaining my degree. Especially math. Don't give up, ever!!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-54382679169805130062015-11-02T04:19:19.307-08:002015-11-02T04:19:19.307-08:00I have the same issue I'm in college algebra r...I have the same issue I'm in college algebra right now and I have a high D. I'm a senior in highschool and my teacher so flustered that I'm the only person in the class with a D called my parents and ranted for half an hour that I'm an idiot and shouldn't be in any math class because of this. And all I could do was let my parents yell at me, because I can't understand the math no matter what I do even though I get all the homework right.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-61451197205373294992015-10-15T15:42:25.713-07:002015-10-15T15:42:25.713-07:00I have ALWAYS thought that there should be an orga...I have ALWAYS thought that there should be an organization that helps people like all of us and have often thought of starting one myself, I just don't really know where to start with something like that. Ashley Prendergasthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15767404718572330793noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-36674240381741988262015-10-10T09:07:26.358-07:002015-10-10T09:07:26.358-07:00I Had someone change my grades in my 3rd year of c...I Had someone change my grades in my 3rd year of college and here I am with my degree contact on +1 763 280 8650Patricia Brookhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09207474326524350000noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-33286030279417725702015-10-05T20:49:41.400-07:002015-10-05T20:49:41.400-07:00Glad I found this. Now I know I'm not alone. F...Glad I found this. Now I know I'm not alone. Funny thing is, I'm actually good at Math. I can solve problems and find formulas in my head for every day situations. Need to know how many miles you can go on that half a tank of gas? No problem! I can figure out angles on a pool table and run the house for an hour straight. People at work have trouble figuring out an obscure percentage of something, I have the solution in seconds.<br /><br />Now, sit me down in front of a test or in a classroom and... there's nothing. It's gone. Meaningless X's and Y's floating around the paper, taunting me. Theorems and laws being used that get jumbled together in a mess of useless phrases. <br /><br />Here's a messed up situation for ya. I've worked in a "science" field after earning a BA. Hands-on work, mind you. I'm good at it, good to the point where people look to me for guidance and my expertise. I decided to try getting my Masters in the field - Wildlife Biology. <br /><br />Now, Biology, in all practical use doesn't use a single bit of math in any way, shape or form. You perform data entry and learn facts and details about the animals. No math. None.<br /><br />The degree pre-requisites call for Algebra, Calculus, and 2 other elective math courses. <br /><br />The GRE is about 25% graded on its Math section (Algebra level).<br /><br />It's been 20 years since I stepped foot in a Math class and when I did, I barely... made it by. The only way I passed it in high school was by studying the patterns of the practice tests and figuring out what my "best guess" would be for the answer. I aced 2 final tests in high school and barely passed the 3rd.<br /><br />Didn't actually learn a damn thing. Can't remember it. Can't retain it. Call call upon it. There's zip, zilch, nadda there for me to bring back up from my memory now.<br /><br />The GRE is essentially impassible for me. Even if I did squeeze by in it, I'm hitting a brick wall in trying to fulfill the pre-reqs for the program. There is absolutely no way in Hell I stand a chance at even remotely failing Calculus with dignity. My grades would be so low, they'd simply kick me out of the class. <br /><br />My hopes of getting a Graduate degree are next-to-nothing. In a science field that actually requires little to no Math at all, mind you.<br /><br />So yeah, I feel the dyscalculia pain.Parrot Personhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11357594681342154634noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-4947628392510058492015-09-19T23:27:31.279-07:002015-09-19T23:27:31.279-07:00It's also harder for the schools to compare wi...It's also harder for the schools to compare with the GRE scores, though ETS seems to be doing a good job of changing that. Still, at least for now, the GMAT seems to be the test for people who are looking only at the MBA.<br /><br /><a href="http://gre-examtips.blogspot.com/2011/07/gre-sentence-completion.html" rel="nofollow">verbal gre portion</a> nancy johnhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17693074677100549710noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-79981140850364714342015-08-30T22:53:46.569-07:002015-08-30T22:53:46.569-07:00I completely empathize with those who suffer with ...I completely empathize with those who suffer with dyscalculia. My daughter has dyscalculia and has had an agonizing journey through school, but I am happy to report that she will be graduating from college in December WITHOUT passing a Math class. How you ask? Well, here is the answer. She went to a private college. Only private colleges can substitute the Math requirement. <br /><br />Before she got in to Concordia University, she was tested for placement in a Math class. Of course, it was determined that she would have to take two remedial Math classes before she could take the one required for her major. I told the school that she would not pass the first Math class, much less two more, because of her dyscalculia disability. They said she had to take the first class, and if she didn't pass it, then they would approach the Dean about substituting a Logic class. <br /><br />As predicted, she did not pass the first remedial Math class. The counselor then approached the Dean to substitute Logic, and a plan was made. I called the local community college, spoke to a Logic teacher and explained the problem. I told her that my daughter's college degree depended on her ability to pass a Logic class. She recommended that my daughter take her Logic class instead of another teacher's, because she said her class was less like Math. She also said that the school provided free tutoring and that extra credit would be given for that. <br /><br />My daughter went to tutoring 4 days a week during this summer school Logic class, and wound up with an 80, largely because of extra credit. The day she told me her final grade was one of the happiest days of my life, because I knew she would realize our dream of her graduating from college.<br /><br />Dreams do come true. I just had to find the path of least resistance. That path only runs through private colleges, NOT state schools! Junior colleges are revolving doors. If you can't pass the first Math class, you'll never get the chance to go on to a University. Don't frustrate yourself. Seek out a private school that gives grants and scholarships, and get your degree there. It IS doable. Good luck to all!!!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-34160430013748355982015-08-30T19:41:44.989-07:002015-08-30T19:41:44.989-07:00algebra is a waste, pointless and totally useless....algebra is a waste, pointless and totally useless. I dropped out of high school because of it in 1998. I am a successful businessman, have made million and employ 44 people. If not for high school math I could add a law degree to my list of accomplishments. dofehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11974579505292498696noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-85046627869595440412015-08-10T12:36:00.769-07:002015-08-10T12:36:00.769-07:00I too have this issue of dealing with dyscalculia....I too have this issue of dealing with dyscalculia. I have missed out on many opportunities, spent unruly amounts of money on tutors who only gave up on me in the end and even spent money to be tested by a major, well known and respected, university that diagnosed me with dyscalculia. Despite my diagnoses and otherwise good grades and GPA, my disability has not even evoked sympathy from admissions staff. For this reason I am basically stuck in community college. Mind you, my major, communications, has nothing to do with math, at least not in my division of the field.<br />Despite all the money spent and repetition of the course, people around me can only say, “you just need to change your attitude”, “ study harder”, and “get another tutor”, as though I am failing because I am just lazy or trying to prove that I cannot do it. That fact of the matter though is that my brain literally does not allow me to retain, and keep the information. I can forget algebraic and geometric equations with in minuets even in a tutoring session, let alone in class or during a test. I other wise am I great student and receive all A’s and B’s. Universities only seem to care about math however.<br /><br />Based on these comments I see that there are a lot of people here who are more than qualified to live out their dreams. It is not fair that one subject with little importance is dictating how people’s futures are being affected. Dyscalculia is as real as any other mental disorder or syndrome and there needs to be more awareness around it. I am not sure if there is an advocacy group or foundation in support of those who carry this disability (I need to do more research on that) but if not, there should definitely be one started. There are too many people here with too much potential being help back from progressing because of this math.Mia Carterhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11908224815277222729noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-84788055190347075422015-07-13T20:22:44.657-07:002015-07-13T20:22:44.657-07:00Same situation with me. I am 25 and suffering at a...Same situation with me. I am 25 and suffering at a job I hate because CamdenCounty College told me I still needed to take college level math for a degree in Dance and I couldn't even pass the math fundamentals, so... :(Ashley Prendergasthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15767404718572330793noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-68440837466630775042015-07-06T13:25:20.480-07:002015-07-06T13:25:20.480-07:00I'm so glad I read this today. Just took my fi...I'm so glad I read this today. Just took my first Algebra exam this morning and like a few people stated in the thread I just can't retain how to do each formula or rather when to use which formula. I keep forgetting key ingredients to complete the problem correctly like x=1, when to turn positive into a negative and vice versa when switching sides when to add and subtract. I really feel stupid. This course is making me feel like an idiot and is not letting me focus on photography. My husband helped me with my homework all night. He had no issue solving the problems, but I just can't retain what he teaches me. Same when I go to the tutor. I get it when he shows me then just like that it's gone. I'm going to stick it out and try my best but I don't think I will pass this course. Discouraging to me that I'm reading a few of you out there took Algebra 1 up to 3 times! On one hand I'm glad I'm not alone but on the other hand this is just not cool. Algebra should be restricted to major's that require that math in real life and on the job like Architecture and Engineering and so forth. I feel everyone's pain. I know I am smart but this is really making me feel inadequate. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1324693016797952835.post-54455814415731305892015-06-23T00:42:11.816-07:002015-06-23T00:42:11.816-07:00It's been 3 years but I hope you didn't ch...It's been 3 years but I hope you didn't choose the suicide route. It'd be a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I am 22 years old and just completed a CNA class. My goal it to go to a private trade school and get my Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. The salary is reasonable and it seems like a nice career. I chose this path because my math skills are terrible. I knew a 4-year degree at a University was out of the question. There are always other options and solutions. Everyone is different so don't give up on life. Work with what you've got.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com