Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Test taken today have been returned.

Stuff to remember:


  1. We will have class on Friday. Fridays you do not get attendance credit or peer tutoring credit.
  2. If you get certified to take a test past the cutoff date and do not pass the test, you must re-certify.
  3. If you are tutoring, please make sure you look at the tutoring advice at the bottom of the schedule page.
  4. Keep pushing yourselves. Resist the attempt to relax after passing a test, especially if you are hanging around the cut-off dates. Remember that these dates inform you that are progressing at a failing rate. 
  5. The cut-off for the Module 2 test is 2/27.
  6. Please use the tutoring link to get in touch with Kris for extra tutoring and extra test-taking opportunities.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

All test taken today have been returned.

There is no class this Friday, but we will meet next Friday, February 22nd.  Remember that on Fridays I do not take attendance and there is no opportunity to get credit for peer tutoring.

We are now past the cut-off date for Module 1. Anyone who has not passed the Module 1 test must now be approved by a peer tutor or by me. To gain approval you must prove to your tutor that you understand the mistakes you made on your last test, as well as work selected problems on the competency sheet.

Also, if you are behind the cut-off date, you may arrange to take the test with Kris McCandless during tutoring hours.

Note to peer tutors: As you will now often be responsible for approving students behind the cut-off date to take tests, please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the peer tutoring advice on the schedule page, as well as here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The original version of the progress tracker on the schedule page showed spring break occurring during April. This has been corrected.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

All tests taken today have been returned.

No class on Friday!

A week from today is the cut-off date for Module 1. This means that after next Thursday you will need to get approved to take the test by demonstrating to a peer tutor or to the professor that you are prepared to take the test.

Remember that if you are passing tests at or after the cut-off  you are on pace to fail the class. Please pay close attention to the progress tracker on the schedule page.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Tests taken today have been returned.

Many of you have now taken the Module 1 test without passing, some more than once. Wise students will take this as evidence that the study methods that work well enough in other classes do not work well in this one. In particular:


  • If you are not stopping and rewinding the videos constantly, then you are not engaging them. Every time you see a problem worked, stop and make sure that you can do it yourself. If you can not, rewind the video, study it again, and try it until you can.
  • Doing the homework in this class does not mean that you have attempted some of the problems with mixed results. It means you have done all of it, fully examined the solutions, determined which problems you have gotten wrong, discovered why and reworked them correctly.
  • "Slow and steady wins the race" really is the best motto for this class. Do not be in a hurry to get to a test. Immerse yourself in the material and learn it deeply. When you do this, test-taking is usually a satisfying experience and you will repeat far fewer of them.


We do not meet this Friday!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

This week and next week I have several meetings that will conflict with my normal office hours. This week my office hours will be.

  • M: 2:30-4 PM
  • W: 1-2:30

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

I will post next week's office hours next weekend.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

All tests taken on Friday were returned Friday afternoon, with the exception of those who had not yet signed up for a Google Folder. In order to sign up for one, you must send me an email which includes your name and @gmail account. This is the only way in which tests are returned.