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    Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    I have a 63 % grade in the class. In all my homework I got A's and B's and first exam was 87% and other two are exams 40% and 59%. We have one more exam left and a final. My brother says that the final in his class is nothing we never covered and that he said it was stuff that was covered. This guy is the worst teacher I ever had in my life. In Algebra I got B'S. Is it that this class is not for me?

    Teacher puts things on the exam that you never see in the book after the first exam. So the book doesn't prepare you either does the teacher. On the first exam he gave us a study guide and that helped a lot. On the first weeks of the semester he assigned recommended problems to do then after that he never did that anymore. Then one 3 months later he does it again but never again. Teacher never communicates off blackboard and also he had a quiz key that was key for the exam and he post it the day before and 90% of the class failed. His attitude is poor and it seems that he is there for the power. He says things that are a slap to my face personally.

    I do all my work and I go to the math tutor center almost everyday of the week.
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    Re: Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    No you should not drop your course. For one thing, you need it if you are going to continue with Calculus, which is why I assume you are taking it.

    Talk to your teacher about this. Ask for more study guides and recommended problems. Download past exam papers, do problems from your book, ASK FOR HELP, that's why we're here. Never drop anything - if something is hard, that means that you will learn something when you are done.
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    Re: Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    He wont give us study guides and past exam papers. Also this is a new book. I don problems from the book the review and test of the book. My GPA is 3.00
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    Re: Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    Quote Originally Posted by Prove It View Post
    No you should not drop your course. For one thing, you need it if you are going to continue with Calculus, which is why I assume you are taking it.

    Talk to your teacher about this. Ask for more study guides and recommended problems. Download past exam papers, do problems from your book, ASK FOR HELP, that's why we're here. Never drop anything - if something is hard, that means that you will learn something when you are done.
    Today is the last day to drop. Im thinking of going all the way. If I fail I will just study to be a register nurse. The fail will push me behind for engineering.
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    Re: Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    Hey i will cheer on you Gl! Im kinda same as you but i am not a "smart" guy Tips: use khanacademy video lession
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    Re: Should I drop my pre calculus course?

    I wouldn't drop. First off, pre-calculus and calculus are extremely useful in just about any science field you enter. Ask for help -- if you can't ask from your teacher, ask fellow students, teachers at the tutoring center, us, etc.

    Right now, I'm currently taking a physics course at MIT -- my first exam was a 36%. It wasn't because of poor teachers or anything, but mostly due to my own faults (didn't prepare enough, was slow at setting up some of the problems). I started collaborating more on homeworks, asking the professors for help, and my physics scores have improved a lot.
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