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    I think that I need to drop my math class

    I thought it would be a wise move to take some summer classes to keep my academic momentum going. I first took microeconomics, which was difficult. I learned so much though; my professor was excellent. Academically, I did well in there.

    Fast forward to Precalc. I thought this would be easy, especially since I took precalculus in high school. NOT. I feel like I am not moving forward at all, not making the connections I should, and I am having a hard time keeping up with the homework. The class is based online, where I enter homework in a java applet. Outside of anything else -- the aggravation, the fact that I never seem to have time for homework, it will pull down my gpa. Or, to put in mathematical/calculus/economical terms: the marginal pulls down the average. I feel like I am just repeating the same crap that has been algebra since I was a freshman in high school. This means not really understanding, sort of coasting through, and generally not moving forward. And when I do learn something and become fluent, I just forget it after I stop using it. Should I just drop this class? Quit while I am ahead, try again another day?

    FWI, this is a summer class. That means a 15 week class is condensed to 8 weeks.
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    if you don't hae more time to dedicate, you're going to begin to fall exponentially behind. but, do you think you'll pass?
    Not that GPA isn't important, but if you're not having GPA issues, a C isn't going to tip the scale. If its worth getting ahead credit-wise, I say go for it.

    Plus, I'm pretty sure my GPA didn't weigh much in getting my first job, and it certainly isn't going to weigh in at all on the next one (2 years later)

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    Well it isn't even going to advance me in terms of credit. I am transferring into Allegheny College, who told me that they won't allow anything below Calculus to transfer in.
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    What's your major? I'm assuming then pre-calc is not only critical to the next step for transferring, but also for your major.

    I realize its online, but if you can't find the time to put the extra effort in (or perhaps even meet with the teacher if the college is local)-- I'd drop it. You'll only have more problems with missed concepts when you get to calc.

    I really think some classes, like math, are much easier for me to learn in person.

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    Dump it. Take it later if you need it. I
    have doubts about online classes in tough subjects.
    At least I needed actual people to help me over the tough spots.
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    Well, I think I am going to call Monday and drop it. I don't care if I don't even get a refund. I think my major is going to be economics.

    The funny thing about math is that I remember it best when it is taught in context. I learned more about math when I took an honors physics class in high school than I had in every other class combined. Sadly, I have found very few schools who really embrace this. Why? I have no idea. The only school I've found who I know for a fact embraces this, is out of my price range.
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