Hi. I hope this post is in the appropriate forum. If not, move it and I'll find it. Thank you.
Anyway, I just took my final for Math 52 (introductory algebra). Frankly, I don't know if I'm going to pass the class or not. If I wouldn't have put in the time, I'd accept it and be okay. But I studied and worked at it on an almost near daily basis. And not a glance or two every day, but I did every homework assignment and spent from 3 hours a day to as many as 8 hours trying to learn this stuff outside of class.
Last semester my GPA was 3.5. I'm not unintelligent. But I don't seem to be able to learn and retain this stuff. It has to be the way that I'm studying.
The only thing I failed to do in regard to studying was that I didn't learn the formulas except when absolutely necessary (perimeters, triangles, etc). The reason I didn't is because of sheer volume of work in such a short time span, it felt more like survival than learning. I think that taking the class over a full semester would have allowed me to have gotten the concepts down a lot better. And that's the thing maybe? Concepts?
I think I'm going to end up with a D. I had a low B going into the final but I really think I chunked it. And even if I do get a C or better, the fact of the matter is that I don't see how in the world I'm going to do well in chemistry and intermediate algebra unless I figure out a way to learn this stuff with more efficiency and permenancy. If I do end up with a D it won't be indicative of the amount of work I did, it will indicate I'm going about learning this stuff in a very wrong headed way.
Any suggestions for books or anything else that I can get a hold of and get to work on will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.