How do I relearn high school/early college math?
October 30, 2012 7:17 AM Subscribe
Former liberal arts nerd planning a return to university for Computer Science. How can I best catch up and prepare after years away from math and science curriculum?
posted by f_panda to education (10 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I've read through previous questions about later in life career changes and found them very useful, but I have a couple of specific angles I would like some insight on.
I just turned 30 and have made the decision to go back to school after failing out of undergrad my first go around due to undiagnosed learning and mood disorders. I've always been a bit more of a liberal arts nerd than a science geek, although I was good at both. I was just more interested in writing and history and philosophy. I have extremely good analytical skills and love problem solving, and think I have a good brain for development and computer science in general. I've started up at my local community college to get some core curriculum out of the way.
What I'm concerned about is the math. Not my basic ability, but the fact that it's been years since college algebra and I know I'm not ready to jump into calculus. I probably couldn't even jump back into college algebra.
Where do I even start? I know there's Khan Academy, and other fantastic online resources, but how do I even know where to dip my toes in first? Does anyone know of a good basic math review? Are there instructional materials geared towards a student like me?