MATH MODELING STUDY SKILLS The University of Toledo Mathematics & Statistics Department, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics MATH1190-0XX, CRN XXXXX ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Instructor: (Insert Name] Class Location: (Insert Building/Room) Email: (Insert E-mail Address) Class Day/Time: (Insert Days/Time) Office Hours: (Insert Days/Time) Credit Hours: 1 Office Location: (Insert Building/Office Number) Office Phone: (Insert Phone Number) Term: (Insert Semester and Year) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION This is the syllabus for MATH 1190 Math Modeling Study Skills. Math 1190 has 2 different meeting formats. One type meet for 20 minutes Monday through Thursday for the first 8 weeks of the semester. The other meets 50 minutes one day a week for the first 8 weeks of the semester. MATH 1190 covers study skills particular to success in the MATH 1200 and Math 1180 mathematics courses. WHY THIS COURSE? This course will assist you in developing the study skills necessary for success in any mathematics course. Our reason for offering this course is to ensure that you pass your mathematics course at the highest level possible. COURSE GOALS The goals for you associated with this course are to 1. Improve your attitude about mathematics and 2. Equip you with proven study strategies to maximize your ability to do well in mathematics STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES The objective of this course is to develop the students’ mathematical study skills using widely accepted and research-based methods and techniques. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 1. Understand the aspects of math that make it different from other subjects. Such differences often cause students to struggle with math courses. We will see how these differences have confused us into thinking math is more difficult than it actually is. 2. Accept the important role of motivation to succeed. In college math courses it can be difficult to stay motivated. We will reflect on how to stay focused and energetic. 3. Manage time, the most precious resource. Students often need to spend more time working on math and need to change how time is spent. Students may even be spending too much time doing the wrong thing. Tips and strategies for time management will be given. 4. Explore the causes and symptoms of math anxiety. We will discuss how to deal with and potentially overcome math anxiety and become a more confident, successful student. 5. Discover what style of learning appeals to the student and discuss some specific ways of studying math that will turn your learning style into one of your biggest strengths. 6. Use organizational strategies including a notebook. We will look at what your class notebook must include, what it should include, and what it should not include. 7. How to get the most out of a math textbook and strategies for making homework much easier and more helpful. We will discuss how to deal with a texts’ complexity in a way that will maximize its benefits. 8. Incorporate study skills and strategies that make class time and note taking easier and more beneficial. 9. Practice techniques for memorizing important concepts and formulas. We will help break the monotony often associated with studying math and make your study time more fun and interesting. 10. How to prepare for and take tests. Preparing for and taking tests is as much a skill as public speaking or hitting a golf ball; we're going to turn students into real pros. PREREQUISITE Be currently enrolled in MATH 1200 or MATH 1180. REQUIRED MATERIALS No additional materials are required for this course. You gain access to course material through your purchase of the required materials for Math 1200 or Math 1180. Access to the internet UNIVERSITY POLICIES: POLICY STATEMENT ON NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY (ADA) The University is an equal opportunity educational institution. Please read The University's Policy Statement on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability Americans with Disability Act Compliance. ACADEMIC ACCOMODATIONS The University of Toledo is committed to providing equal access to education for all students. If you have a documented disability or you believe you have a disability and would like information regarding academic accommodations/adjustments in this course please contact the Student Disability Services Office (Rocket Hall 1820; 419.530.4981; [email protected]) as soon as possible for more information and/or to initiate the process for accessing academic accommodations. For the full policy see: http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/student-disability-services/sam/index.html ACADEMIC POLICIES: STUDENT PRIVACY Federal law and university policy prohibits instructors from discussing a student's grades or class performance with anyone outside of university faculty/staff without the student's written and signed consent. This includes parents and spouses. For details, see the “Confidentiality of student records (FERPA)” section of the University Policy Page at http://www.utoledo.edu/policies/academic/undergraduate/index.html MISSED CLASS POLICY You are expected to attend every class period for the entire class period and participate in the class discussions/activities. Because of the interactive nature of this course, your full participation is crucial to the success of the class. If you have an excused absence (based on UT’s missed class policy found at http://www.utoledo.edu/facsenate/missed_class_policy.html), the work you missed, except for the final exam, will be replaced by the average of all other scores in that category. You may communicate any expected or unexpected absences via written communication, email, and/or by voice mail. In the event of an emergency or an unavoidably short notice of absence, you must present an approved written excuse upon your return to class. Approved written excuses include, but are not limited to, doctor’s notice, funeral programs, court summons, and others. Excused missed classes will have no weight in the computation of final course grades. Extra credit will be added to your final mean percent based on attendance (2% for 0 missed days and 1% for 1 missed day). Class attendance will be taken every day. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Any act of academic dishonesty as defined by the University of Toledo policy on academic dishonesty (found at http://www.utoledo.edu/dl/students/dishonesty.html will result in an F in the course or an F on the item in question, subject to the determination of the instructor. GRADING Online homework Online Quizzes Attendance Final Exam 25% 25% 25% (includes journals, attendance to group meetings and/or participation in class) 25% The grade you earn will be based on the following scale: Overall % 90-100% 80-89% Grade A B 70-79% C 60-69% D 0-59% F IMPORTANT DATES *The instructor reserves the right to change the content of the course material if he perceives a need due to postponement of class caused by inclement weather, instructor illness, etc., or due to the pace of the course. The last day to drop this course is: _________________________ The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” from this course is: _________________________ The final exam for this course will be given: ______________________________ STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES Free math tutoring on a walk-in basis is available in the Math Learning and Resources Center located in Rm B0200 in the lower level of Carlson Library (phone ext 2176). The Center operates on a walk-in basis. MLRC hours can be found at http://www.math.utoledo.edu/mlrc/MLRC.pdf CLASS SCHEDULE The following is a tentative outline of what will be happening on a weekly basis in the class. There may be changes as the semester progresses. It is your responsibility to know of any changes announced in class. Week 1 Course Content Introduction What Makes Math Different? Weekly Assignments Math 1190 Study Skill HW 1 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 1 In Class Activities Concepts of the Week 2 Motivation and Achieving Goals Time Management Math 1190 Study Skill HW 2 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 2 3 Math Anxiety 4 Learning Styles Organization Math 1190 Study Skill HW 3 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 3 Math 1190 Study Skill HW 4 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 4 5 7 Your Textbook and Homework Class Time and Note Taking Retention and General Study Strategies Test Taking 8 Final Exam Concepts of the Week Goal-Setting Setting Up a Study Plan Concepts of the Week Test Preparation Activities Concepts of the Week Learning Styles Inventory Organization Activities Concepts of the Week Note-Taking Activities Concepts of the Week Review Memory Process Concepts of the Week Test Preparation Activities Take Final Exam 6 Math 1190 Study Skill HW 5 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 5 Math 1190 Study Skill HW 6 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 6 Math 1190 Study Skill HW 7 Math 1190 Study Skill Quiz 7 Math 1190 Practice Final Study and Prepare for Final

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