All students can do math…Banishing Math Anxiety eases the reader into college mathematics.
Designed for students who may have given up on learning math, Banishing Math Anxiety provides a fresh start to learning by reviewing concepts/skills the reader may have already learned to experience some success. Building Confidence!
While not a textbook, although mathematical content is substantial, Banishing Math Anxiety:
- Encourages active learning by asking questions in addition to being issue oriented: using resources, deciphering notation, and mathematics appreciation.
- Reinforces that math learning may begin in the classroom but it doesn’t end there. The book presents real world applications of math such as pre-employment testing, math applications on the job, debt management, taxes, and more.
- Introduces an appreciation of graphing calculators without presuming that they have ever seen one, or formally teaching calculator techniques.
- Encourages creative exploration instead of some step-by-step approach that is supposed to work every time.
Chapter One: Making Math Work for You
Where does it come from?
How does math anxiety stop you from succeeding?
Managing Math Anxiety Means Taking Back Control
From Self-monitoring to Self-mastery
Giving yourself permission
Other Ways of Judging Math Competence
Chapter Two: Using Your Resources
Active reading, or writing as you read
Styles of Reading Math
Online Textbook Resources
Using the online textbook
Using Your Textbook to Prepare for Exams
Developing Yourself as a Resource
Short Take 1: Marking up a Mathematics Text
Short Take 2: Some Study Problems and Suggestions
Chapter Three: Deciphering the Code
The Equals Sign and Its Relatives
The Difference Between “Solve” and “Simplify”
Using the Code
Chapter Four: Algebra Empowered: Functions and Graphs Variables
Graphs: The Power of Graphing Equations
The Cartesian Plane
Using the Graph: YOU Have the Power!
Comparing Alternate Situations
The Art of Noticing
Conclusion: Look for the Power!
Short Take 3: Practicing Function Notation
Chapter Five: Tools of the Trade
Constructing tables of values
Plotting the function
The Road to Graphing Calculators
Beyond graphing calculators
Online Tools: Wikipedia, WolframAlpha, and Khan Academy
Online tools used by professionals
Mastering the Tools of the Trade
Short Take 4: Playing with Your Graphing Calculator
Chapter Six: Problem Solving Strategies
A Typical Problem: When Does Solar Power Pay for Itself?
The Tire Problem Revisited
Divided-Page Problem Solving
Problem Solving for Online Homework
Advantages and disadvantages of online problem solving
Practicing error analysis
Problem Solving on Tests
The Fine Art of Problem Solving
Short Take 5: Studying in a Group
Chapter Seven: From School Mathematics to the Workplace
Types of tests
Using Mathematics on the Job
Real-World Quantitative Explorations
Margins of error
Chapter Eight: Mathematics as Empowerment
Health Care Information
Computing the “Value” of an Education
Understanding the Income Tax System
Sports Statistics—The Math Behind Moneyball