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Summer math workshops

 

 

July 22 – August 1 (excluding Friday and Weekends)

Workshop Overview:

This workshop series is designed to address foundational math topics and concepts crucial to continued math success for many KCKCC students. We understand that many students suffer from math anxiety so we hope that by providing a student centered, low stakes, informative and interactive overview of some of the crucial foundational topics in mathematics that students will have improved self-confidence in math. Through this improved confidence, we hope that students will be better able to handle the demands of a math course and be more successful.  

Throughout the workshops, group activities will be presented to provide an engaging atmosphere and opportunities for sharing work or talking about math.  Each workshop will contain lecture portions to introduce material and concepts, but emphasis will be placed on skill practice, applications, and group work.

While we feel that students would get the most out this series by attending all the workshops, you can attend any workshops you want without having to attend the entire series. Depending on your level, a workshop may be a review of old material or an introduction to new material. Target audiences are students taking Math Essentials through College Algebra. However, all the workshops are designed to accommodate various levels of math proficiency. For students entering College Algebra or beyond, many of these workshops may serve as a good review. 

All Workshops are held 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Event registration is recommended but not required.

All workshops will be held in Room 3201/3202.

*The location is subject to change. Please check here for any location changes.

Math Workshops

All workshops include handouts and extra practice resources. The workshops are intended to be interactive and student focused.

7/22 - Workshop 1: Excelling in Math: Strategies for Success (open to ALL)

We will address ways to be successful in math by talking about ways to study math; how to use resources (such as videos, text), and discussing strategies for math test anxiety and possible ways you can work through it and overcome it.

*Note: we are not trained professionals in dealing with anxiety, if you have general anxiety or these strategies don’t seem effective, seeking assistance or support from a counselor or licensed professional is recommended.

 

What to Bring:

Writing utensil(s)

Notebook or notepad

Calculator*

*Bring the calculator that you plan to use in your math class.  For most math courses, all that is needed is a scientific calculator. Using a cell phone calculator is not recommended as you won’t be able to use it in class.

All workshops include handouts and extra practice resources. The workshops are intended to be interactive and student focused.

7/23 - Workshop 2:  What is a number? (The Real Number System)

The workshop is a discussion of the real number system. This includes real numbers, integers, natural numbers..etc. We will also talk about prime numbers as well as rational and irrational numbers.   This workshop forms a good foundation for talking about numbers for many of the workshops that follow.

7/24 - Workshop 3:  Fractions and Fraction operations  

Discussion of fractions and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. If you are intimated by fractions, this workshop is highly recommended.

7/25 - Workshop 4: A focus on Problem Solving

Practical applications and word problems will be the focus along with a discussion of problem-solving techniques for tackling these kinds of math problems.

7/29 - Workshop 5: Signed Numbers & Order of Operations

Discussion of operations with signed numbers (positive and negative numbers) along with order of operations. Will also focus on using calculator to solve order of operations problems.

7/30 - Workshop 6: Solving Equations 1

Focus on solving equations that require one or two steps to solve. Will also focus on solving variable equations.

What to Bring:

Writing utensil(s)

Notebook or notepad

Calculator*

*Bring the calculator that you plan to use in your math class.  For most math courses, all that is needed is a scientific calculator. Using a cell phone calculator is not recommended as you won’t be able to use it in class.

All workshops include handouts and extra practice resources. The workshops are intended to be interactive and student focused.

7/31 - Workshop 7: Solving Equations 2

Focus on solving equations that require simplification before solving and equations where variables are on both sides of the equation. Additional algebra skills discussed include like terms and distributive property.

8/1 - Workshop 8: The Cartesian Plane and Lines

Discussion of the Coordinate Plane (Cartesian Plane), slope, and slope intercept form. Focus on graphing and solving slope related problems.

What to Bring:

Writing utensil(s)

Notebook or notepad

Calculator*

*Bring the calculator that you plan to use in your math class.  For most math courses, all that is needed is a scientific calculator. Using a cell phone calculator is not recommended as you won’t be able to use it in class.