About the Course
More and more institutions of higher education are adopting mathematics pathways that match students’ chosen careers. The Dana Center designed the Transition to College Mathematics course materials to prepare students for those pathways by improving students’ quantitative, algebraic, and statistical reasoning abilities. Also included are lessons to improve noncognitive skills, supporting students’ successful transition to higher education and academic success in their first credit-bearing mathematics course.
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This Transition to College Mathematics course uses a combination of print and online materials to address topics needed to prepare students for success in any entry-level college mathematics class, including:
• Numeracy, with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers
• Manipulating and evaluating expressions and formulas
• Rates, ratios, and proportions
• Linear equations and inequalities
• Linear systems
• Exponential, quadratic, rational, and square root models
• Data interpretations
• Verbal, algebraic, and graphical interpretations of functions
Integrated within the mathematics content are activities designed to develop noncognitive skills and behaviors predictive of students’ success in college. These skills include perseverance, goal setting, self-regulation, and time management. Specific student success topics in the course include:
• Building effective study groups
• Harnessing brain plasticity
• Creating motivating goals
• Developing metacognitive strategies
Our approach to instruction deepens students’ commitment to learning, encouraging their persistence in the face of academic challenge.
The Transition to College Mathematics program includes:
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Supports for teachers encompass: