Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

A New Algebra Approach for Struggling Students

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

A New Algebra Approach for Struggling Students

Article excerpt

Many students struggle with math in colleges nationwide. Understanding algebra, in particular, is a prerequisite for many courses in the sciences including computer science. There is a group of math teachers at Lane Community College (LCC) who has devised a method for these students who are unsuccessful with math. One of the teachers thought that it made sense to break up the whole math term into smaller units in order to save students from having to wait an entire semester before starting over with the course. This new approach is called "flexible sequence algebra." The normal 10-week term is broken down into 2-week segments. As a student completes a 2-week segment, they are ready to move on to the next 2-week segment. If a student has trouble with that particular segment, he or she repeats the segment and continues from there. …

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