Free College Texts, Instruction

Hello,Parents!

MAC 1105: College Algebra
Marcus McWaters
These videos are being used as instructional aides by Professor Ignacio Bello, of the University of South Florida Mathematics Department, College of Arts & Sciences, to help students in the College Algebra (MAC 1105) classes.
Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

The above information comes from http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/, a website that is a step forward in how one university considers its students and their financial status (poor folks). University of South Florida (USF) participates in the Bepress Digital Commons, an online repository of research papers, (dissertations, theses), books, and other publications by the students and faculty at universities around the nation (http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/online-books/). A quick browsing session through the theses and dissertations of masters and doctoral students at Florida International University shows us a wide variety of topics are covered, some in depth, some a bit cursory, but all interesting and informative (as educational publications are expected to be).

USF has a collection that is much the same, but it has this textbook page which allows students to access texts free of charge. Because the site is open to the public, you and I, and your child or student who has trouble with algebra, can go to a page such as this and find help–text or as in this case, instructional videos. If it helps college students, it can help high school students–remember that math is math is math no matter how old the student is. This page has a collection of videos that cover the main concepts of college algebra. The presentations are clear, simple, free of distractions, and the replay function can be used as often as a student requires.

Go visit, dig around. “Go to college” as you devour college-level materials. Believe it or not, it can actually be fun.

Here’s what this means for your child. Because this kind of instructional help is one-on-one, it is direct, non-distracting, and gives us ways to help a child discover how he learns and how to work with teaching styles that don’t match his learning style. Because the information in these videos is very simple and clear, and because it is endlessly repeatable, your child can experiment with notetaking, with learning strategies, with how he receives the information and “gets” it at last. Your child, while he may have trouble at school, can be very proud of the fact that he can extract information and learn from these websites. It is proof that he is NOT stupid, that he CAN learn, and yes, he IS smart! That alone will help inspire his efforts at his everyday learning. Of course, if you do dig around in here and discover help for several parts and pieces of his studies, his grades will go up. And that would be GREAT!

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