Banishing Math Anxiety

Author(s): Shiela Tobias

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2012

Pages: 110


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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
Math Anxiety
Where does it come from?
How does math anxiety stop you from succeeding?
Managing Math Anxiety Means Taking Back Control
Active thinking
From Self-monitoring to Self-mastery
Giving yourself permission
Other Ways of Judging Math Competence
Summing Up

Chapter Two: Using Your Resources
Human Resources
Your instructor
Your classmates
Your Textbook
Active reading, or writing as you read
Styles of Reading Math
Reading DOWN
Reading UP
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
Understanding Notation
The Equals Sign and Its Relatives
The Difference Between “Solve” and “Simplify”
Piecewise Equations
Using the Code

Chapter Four: Algebra Empowered: Functions and Graphs Variables 
Graphs: The Power of Graphing Equations
The Cartesian Plane
Graphing Functions
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
Paper-and-Pencil Explorations
Constructing tables of values
Plotting the function
Another example
The Road to Graphing Calculators
“Calculator anxiety”
Beyond graphing calculators
Online Tools: Wikipedia, WolframAlpha, and Khan Academy
Online tools used by professionals
Khan academy
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
Pre-Employment Testing
Test questions
Types of tests
Using Mathematics on the Job
Real-World Quantitative Explorations
Margins of error

Chapter Eight: Mathematics as Empowerment
Health Care Information
Managing Debt
Credit Scores
Computing the “Value” of an Education
Understanding the Income Tax System
Sports Statistics—The Math Behind Moneyball 

Shiela Tobias

Sheila Tobias has made an art and a science of being an outsider to science and mathematics, where hers is a household name for the books, Overcoming Math Anxiety, They're not Dumb, They're Different, Breaking the Science Barrier, and Rethinking Science as a Career

Tobias is equally well known in academic and popular circles as a feminist and for her books, Women, Militarism and War (with Jean Elshtain) and Faces of Feminism: An Activist's Reflections on the Women's Movement.

Supported by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, her work has made her a sought-after consultant on college and university curricula, general education, post-baccalaureate alternatives, professional master's in science and mathematics, and women's studies. Tobias is a popular speaker on all these topics and is available for formal addresses as well.

Educated in history and literature at Harvard/Radcliffe, Tobias earned a master's in history and an M.Phil at Columbia University and eight honorary doctorates, the most recent from Michigan State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Related ISBN's: 9781465211835, 9781465207357




ISBN 9781465211835

Details Electronic Delivery EBOOK 180 days