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What's the best way to teach myself math?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 6 years ago

Math 4

An anonymous reader writes "I have a secret. In high school I failed two out of three years of math classes and eventually dropped out of school completely. Although dropping out was the most foolish thing I have ever done, I am not dumb. I earned my general equivalency diploma as soon as was legally possible and from there went on to college and beyond. That was many years ago and my most basic algebra, trigonometry, and geometry skills are slipping away at an alarming rate. I'm looking for a self-guided course covering the equivalent of 4 years of high school mathematics including calculus. My math skills are holding me back. How can I turn this around?"

4 comments

Forgotten Math... (1)

djyrn (1174087) | more than 6 years ago | (#20982697)

I had the experience of growing up believing I was bad at math until I discovered in the real world that I had some intuitive ability for it. Since then I've gone back and read up on many areas, and have been left wondering why it was so hard the first time. Cute girls in the class? Sleepy? Boring teachers? Lazy? Anyhow, I'd recommend the Forgotten series of books: Forgotten Algebra, Forgotten Stats, Forgotten X, etc..

Re:Forgotten Math... (1)

Jophus (1174123) | more than 6 years ago | (#20983535)

I have yet to try the Forgotten series but I did go down to my local used book store and found the Advance K-12 software package for 15 dollars. Many of the GUIs are geared toward a younger crowd (I would have been to afraid of humiliation in high school) but are very informative. And http://math.com/ [math.com] is always awesome!

Textbooks! (1)

ravensee (1174365) | more than 6 years ago | (#20989601)

I'm getting elementary and high school textbooks from my children's school. That has helped immensely.

Teaching yourself math (1)

decarillion (1117259) | more than 6 years ago | (#20991483)

There are a few computer programs out there, usually offered at two-year colleges or adult ed centers, that can take you from 1st grade math through calculus, at your own pace. Some are web-based, some are server-based, but they all offer assessments (adaptive and otherwise) as well as specific lessons. Plato, Aztec, A+LS are just a few of them. Each lesson usually has a tutorial/study guide, then a practice test and a mastery test. I use one of these programs working with h.s. students who are remediating in math. Having graduated way too many years ago, I needed to brush up on my math, too. Around here, you can access these programs for free at local community tech centers or adult education centers. I think you can also access them for free at college learning/resource centers. These places usually have a teacher or someone else in attendance to help if you get stuck.
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