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  1. Apr 19, 2007 #1
    My school district has finally opened up the option to us of taking a summer course (not remedial) in order to get ahead a level, and if you take a math class over the summer, you will be given a math placement test at the end to see if you will stay on track with the rest of the peopl who didn't take the course, or go ahead and go onto the next level

    (example, the order goes algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2/trig, pre calculus, calculus Ab, calc BC etc. if i were in algebra one and i took geometry over the summer and passed the exam, i would be put into algebra 2 when school starts after summers end.)

    I am in geometry this year, and I want to take algebra 2 honors with trigonometry over the summer, so that way I will be in Pre-Calculus once school begins, but I've heard rumors of skiping algebra 2/trig hurting your SAT, and the grade you get over this accelerated course goes on your transcript. I'm good at math, i have a great understanding, i just dont notice things at time and thats my main fault

    I plugged in some numbers, and the summer program is a 5 day-week, 6 week long course with 5 and a half hours in class (just that one subject). It turns out that even when you ignore short days of the regular school year and absences from field trips, there is actually about 8+ more hours of in class instruction at the summer course than i would get during the school year, its just more condensed.

    What do you guys think. would it be easy to take the accelerated course over the summer, with no other classes to worry about, or not take it like everyone else to be safe?

    (didnt intend for this to become an essay... sorry about the long post)

    SHORT VERSION OF MY POST: Accelerated summer course available. yes or no? from experience, more helpful or harmful?
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  3. Apr 19, 2007 #2
    Well, the helpfurl or harmful thing depends. How fast do you consider your learning style to be? I'm not a fast learner so being told to learn a class in 6 weeks would be harmful for me. Even if it is just one class. If you feel you can handle it then I see no reason not to do it.
  4. Apr 19, 2007 #3
    my parents are all for it, and I want to do it not just to get ahead, but this will help allow me to study ahead so i can understand materials of a higher level (the sooner i can understand basic calculus-based physics, the better)
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