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Extremely upset - Please help.

  1. Jan 28, 2005 #1
    Extremely upset -- Please help.

    Well what can I say, I really do enjoy math. I'm now 16 (Will be 17 this feb 13th) , but when I was a freshmen in highschool I took pre-algebra.

    I then as a sophmore took algebra, and then as a junior I took more of algebra I. After that, my parents moved me to another school. A charter school. A computerized school. I didn't know it at the time; but this would be one of the worst decisions to be made.

    I really am intelligent, but when I was born I weighted only 1 lb 15 oz. I was three months premature. Physically, I came out ok. But emotionally is another thing. I've had depression my whole life. Not a big deal, I'm getting over it .I do take meds, but thats not the point.

    The point is, I have extreme problems with comprehension. I'm a slow learner. And I'm visual; it's quite hard for me to just read something and then be able to do a math problem based off of what I just read. So, at this computerized school really has had a negative effect on me. I finished geometry, and I'm done with math in this charter school.

    So I decided in order for me to graduate faster, I was going to go to a community colleage. Also please let me note I understand the concepts of calculus, algebra (I can do it easy) as well as basic trigonmetry. I have troubles actually doing calculus since I have not taken any classes on factoring polynomals yet.

    I loved math so much that, I decided instead of taking a "fun class", I would take a math class. And to my unfortunate surprise, I had to take a diagnostic test at the colleage that was ON A COMPUTER. Ughh.

    I've also taught arimetic and algebra at school, just for more school credits.

    Anyway, I scored only into a pre-algebra class. What happened? Well, there was only 10 problems on the test. The test had some polynomial factoring at the end, I know I got that wrong. But I just was so nervous on the arimetic. They were word problems. Now usually I do great on these, but for some reason I didn't. I remember clearly one of the problems, and myself having a really hard time comprehending what they mean't:

    Theres a square, call it ABCD. There is a line going perpendicular (90 degree angle) half way though the square. They were asking what is the ratio of the line to the square?
    2 answers stood out in my mind:
    Either A) 1/4
    Or B) 1/2

    I just couldn't comprehend it. My mind shut down. It was an enormous task, but so simple.

    If the line is half way though the square, and it has its own segments AE, then the line is a ratio of 1/2 of the square since its radius length is 1/2 of that of the square?

    In the end, I only qualified for pre algebra. All that work, all that studying, self motivation, and I get this. I didn't even bother signing up for it; it would be an embarassment to me.

    I need some help..any advice?
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  3. Jan 29, 2005 #2


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    Can you still graduate faster? When will you graduate?

    That diagnostic test is just BS in my opinion. I don't see how you can test someone's math level using just 10 questions.

    I wish students were taught how to have peace of mind and how to be happy... I used to worry so much about tests myself. There is so much pressure to compete. Somebody ends up losing. Anyway... that's a discussion for another thread...

    Just do your best... and the rest is out of your control. Your mind shut down... then it shuts down... that happens. It happened to me a lot when I was in school. Don't take the results of any test too seriously. Especially if you're a unique learner.

    Hang in there.
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