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Monday, January 18, 2010

Wow, I've fallen behind!

Let me just tell you, life is crazy right now!!

School started again for both Angela and I, which means homework, homework, and more homework.

Math has my head absolutely spinning! I doubt I've ever mentioned it on here, but I have dyscalculia, which basically means math concepts make NO sense to me. NONE! I have to take college algebra, but since I tested so low in math, I have to first take review I and II. And, since I'm one to just jump in with both feet, I'm taking BOTH classes in one semester! Normally each class is a full semester (or 15 weeks) long, but I'm doing the accelerated classes. The same material, but crammed into 7 1/2 weeks.

Last night I spent six hours on my math homework. Yes...six hours...on math! On Friday I opened my book and found I didn't remember most of what my professor had taught us in class that day. In fact, I didn't remember ANY of it. I emailed school to see if there was a tutor in the lab Saturday but never heard back. Finally Saturday night I gave up, realizing I was just going to have to figure it out.

I did what every good internet user would do, and googled "math tutor", where I found a website that brought me step by step through the material I needed to know. I did a whole bunch of practice problem in each category I needed, then went to work. Fortunately I was able to check my work with the calculator, and found I'd done most of them right! I was totally shocked!!! The few I'd done wrong, I was easily able to figure out where I'd gone wrong.

My biggest fear is that come Wednesday, I will have forgotten how to do the various types of problems. I guess I'll be doing some more math on Monday and Tuesday to keep it all straight in my head!

I have read a couple chapters in my book for Tuesday's composition class, and write a journal entry about Martin Luther King day for Wednesday's class on Gender Communication. It's a good thing we had a long weekend!

And with all of that, there is a new project in the works related to my upcoming trip to Bulgaria. I'm anxious to unveil it, and will hopefully be able to do so on Tuesday. I don't know how I'm going to fit all of this in, but God stuck me here, so I guess I'll find a way!

Wow, 2:00 a.m. Time for me to get to bed!!!


Lund7 said...

I was wondering where you were! Did you make it to Keanne's awards ceremony for Special Olympics on Saturday...didn't see you there but there were hundreds of people!

Alyssa said...

lol..sorry but i can't help but laugh at the 6 hrs. of math homework. It took me 2 hrs. to do a 6 question work sheet on Cell Biology. LOL! What have we gotten ourselves into huh? lol.