Monthly Archives: December 2009

Mathochism: The math will continue

One woman’s attempt to revisit the math that plagued her in school. But can determination make up for 25 years of math neglect?

Tom Petty was right: the waiting is the hardest part.

I spent the past 10 days in a bit of a grump, angry at myself for screwing up that final. Christmas is usually my favorite holiday, but I had a tough time getting over what seemed like three wasted months. All that studying, and one bad night meant I couldn’t continue? No amount of fruitcake or eggnog would make up for that.

The college sent several e-mails nagging me to pay my spring fees — I managed to get into the dapper professor’s Algebra II class, which made me very happy — but I didn’t want to pay until I knew whether I had actually passed the Final or not.

And, considering the college was planning to stay closed until after New Year’s, I figured I would have to wait until the drop dead deadline.

Then today, a post-Christmas miracle happened. I passed the Final! I don’t know what exact score I got, but it was at least 75, since I got an A in the class.

An A in Algebra. I wish I could stop to savor it, but I can’t.

The mathochism must go on.

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Mathochism: The Final heartbreak

One woman’s attempt to revisit the math that plagued her in school. But can determination make up for 25 years of math neglect?

Algebra is over. Unfortunately, my fragile love affair with numbers may also be over.

The Final was last night, and it was every bit as bad as the dour professor had said it would be. I wasn’t unprepared. I studied for weeks, didn’t miss a single lecture, did all my homework and all the reviews. There were no problems on the test I wasn’t familiar with, or didn’t know how to work.

Still, I will be lucky to scrape a 75. With a 75, I can still get an A in the class. Anything lower, and it’s a B. Unfortunately, anything lower than a 70, and I don’t pass the class at all. This is the math department’s policy.
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Mathochism: Winding down

One woman’s attempt to revisit the math that plagued her in school. But can determination make up for 25 years of math neglect?

The fall semester is almost at an end. The lecture portion of my algebra class ended last Wednesday, and the first of two review sessions was yesterday.

Our last chapter test was Monday, and covered square roots, the Pythagorean theorem and the quadratic formula. Taking it felt a lot less stressful than taking the other four chapter tests, mainly because I knew the dour professor drops one test, and *BRAG ALERT! UNSUPPORTIVE CLOSE RELATIVES MAY WISH TO STOP READING AT THIS POINT!*
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