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All for the Success of College Algebra

By Rohitha Goonatilake, Teresa N. Nguyen, Rafic A. Bachnak, Miguel San Miguel and Aida C. Garza


An extensive support system placed at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) for the success of students taking College Algebra course is quintessential, since this is the first mathematics course taken by those who were admitted or plan to seek admission to TAMIU. Additional focus has been given as this course is taken by the majority of students to meet the core mathematics requirement in the state of Texas. Apart from sections being taught by experienced faculty, the University Learning Center (ULC) provides walk-in tutoring for students, and each section has been assigned a supplemental instruction leader who provides additional sessions beyond the classroom teaching, on a weekly basis. The ALEKS software provides an online homework system. Furthermore, a marathon review session is planned for the final exam, an opportunity geared towards procrastinators. This paper elaborates on the extent of the involvement required for the success of this course

Topics: ALEKS, College Algebra, Teaching, Mathematics, ViTAS, SI, Tutoring, DFW, Online
Year: 2013
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