Entry Level College Math Bootcamp

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Description

 Math anxiety is a well-known phenomenon. Repeated exposure to the subject matter helps mitigate it. The Entry Level College Bootcamp is a workshop aimed at helping students reduce their initial math anxiety for entry-level math. It targets reducing math anxiety by 1) practicing the basics such as order of operations, how to read equations, and how to rearrange equations and 2) by giving tutorials on how to organize math logic. The workshop also gives practical tips on the process of persevering through the mental blocks common to math. The workshop is not a lecture; it is an interactive event where the students work problems to learn the concepts. As a result, the students begin entry-level college math with more confidence because of their improved ability to recognize how to use math tools and math logic to solve common problems.

Literature

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