Foo - which looks better? regarding on a transcript for college
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10-04-05, 08:19 PM
Which one looks better?
A typically good student with mostly A's and B's for grades dropping out of algebra 2.
Scenario B- A typically good student with mostly A's and B's for grades failing algebra all the way around
10-04-05, 08:23 PM
Better to drop out than to get a failing grade. Why lower your GPA?
10-04-05, 08:24 PM
eeh, thats a good point. I never thought of that
he be right pip!
... maybe you could get your parents to hire you a tutor to teach you all this math crap at your own pace...???
if not you may need to regulate machining to a hobby. :(
what do you really like to do? does it involve math?
maybe you just need a math break.
and how did you take alg. 2 before trig? O_o
10-04-05, 08:43 PM
Seriously, what kinda college are we talking here? UNH vs. Harvard? Technical Schools?
Sure, if you wanna get into the best college possible, maximize your grades, SAT's, extra-curricular activities, etc.
Is it really worth it?
Often it's the book. You'd think that since it's all numbers the book wouldn't make much difference, but I've had some real POS math books that I wanted to burn. Please, go buy yourself a different algebra 2 textbook. You can probably get one off of Half for about $15 bucks because no one buys high school algebra books :).
If you want something that makes it waaay super basic try Saxon. They start with addition at the beginning and slowly work they way through the whole process. If you're bored and tuning out then get a college algebra text.
10-04-05, 09:30 PM
Saxon is pretty good (I thought only homeschooler's used that...you're not another one of those homeschooler types are you, Lauren?). Their method is to introduce a concept, then keep revisiting it in successive problem sets, so although you're learning a new concept, you do problems for both new and already learned concepts. There's a catch, though (with any book): The only way to really learn math is to do the problems. Not necessarily all of them, but enough to be sure you know the lesson.
Before you drop out, are you positive you're failing? Have you had an appointment with the teacher? You definitely want to have algebra 2 at some point if you're going to study anything technical in college, and much of it will eventually become second nature to you if you work hard at it.
Saxon is pretty good (I thought only homeschooler's used that...you're not another one of those homeschooler types are you, Lauren?)
Busted! Saxon was the POS that I wanted to burn, but that's only because I had a good foundation and was bored out of my mind. I had a friend that had a bad foundation and she was crazy about Saxon. She's now a school teacher/missionary in Chile so I'm not sure what that means.
10-05-05, 07:05 AM
I know this may sound a bit strange but.. in the long run it doesn't matter much.. depending on your final goal.
Is your goal to work hard, get good grades, go to a good college, and get a "secure" job? If so, you're on the right track.
Is your goal to do better than your parents? Then you're a bit off the mark with your thinking.
Why is it that you want to have yourself look better to a college? I'm not speaking in general terms, why do you want a college to think of you as better?
Is Alg2 a prerequsete for the college you want to get into?
My advice is to suffer through it now, most universities / 4 year schools will require at least college level algebra (alg 1 and 2) for general ed students.
10-05-05, 06:42 PM
eh, well i guess when i started this i was pretty annoyed.
I found one of my old math teachers and he agreed to help me on a day to day basis. So im not going to drop this evil course.
THe only thing is, im signed up for precalc next year. If i hate algebra this much, theres no way i will do precalc. So maybe statistics
10-05-05, 06:49 PM
Well for the record.
My plan was actually to get an apprenticeship, focusing more on the CNC part of machining. With hopes to eventually become a programmer, or a technician dealing with it, something among that line. I have no specific job im after, just a field.
I'd still suggest getting a second math book. I bet if you has the 'rents they will be so surprised they will even pay for it!
10-05-05, 08:03 PM
well the thing is, we never use our book. I have not touched this math book all year
10-05-05, 09:04 PM
2 quick things:
1) The PM I sent you.. whether you care to listen to the "advice" (up to you if you want to call it that), I would appreciate a reply w/ quote. I wrote it on the fly and didn't save a copy of it and I'll probably use it again later.
2) I have some math related materials in PDF form, crash-course kind of things. They are good for gathering the basics, lemme know if you want one
10-06-05, 07:08 AM
Saxon ****ing r0x0rz teh b0x3n where math is concerned. If you really want to learn math Saxon is THE way to go. People who don't want to learn it should strongly avoid using it. I managed to push myself half way through physics by myself while working 4am to 6pm with literally no help with Saxon Physics. Make sure you get every part of the course as their workbook is THE best workbook when it comes to showing the answers and how they arrived at the answer.
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