More About Succeed with Math
How Much Time Will it Take to Complete the Coursework?
That depends on you, your goals, your previous background, and your skills. A reasonable estimate is between 80 and 100 hours. If you study at the rate of 8 hours a week over 10 weeks, or 4 hours a week over 20 weeks—see, you’re doing math already!—you may be able to complete everything in the units. But it might take you longer, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is also a chance that you may be quicker.
What Previous Experience is Needed?
If you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide, then you are ready to go. In fact, because the course uses an online calculator, you will often have a choice as to what you do in your head and where you let the calculator help.
Will I Need to Buy Any Math Books?
No, you won’t need to buy any text books to complete the course—but you will need a notebook to do the activities and take notes in.
How Does it Work?
You’ll be studying online using e-learning, the latest learning environment. But this doesn’t need many special techniques on your part. All that is required is that you:
- Read the text.
- Do all the activities! Research shows that students who try the activities understand the material much better than those who don’t, even if they don’t get them right. In fact, it’s especially true for students who don’t get them right at first, as that’s often a good way to learn.
- Click on the links to enjoy the videos, play the educational games and watch the pencasts.
- Keep in mind what psychologists Hoppe and Stovanovic (2008) say: “People often overestimate the importance of intellectual ability. Practise and perseverance contribute more to accomplishment than being smart.”
At the end of most units, you’ll find these important sections:
- A self-check for more practice on the key skills.
- A post-unit quiz to check your progress and get feedback.
- A study checklist to summarize concepts that you have learned.
- Extensions and further exploration (except for Unit 1) to give yourself a small challenge and discover some new math. These sections are optional, so if you are short of time there is no need to study them. It is more important to spend your time on the self-check and post-unit quizzes.
Now that you've read this introduction, you can get started on Unit 1: Math and You.