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First-Generation Students

Learning to learn

As an undergraduate FGS, I struggled in freshman mathematics and composition courses. College courses were more challenging. I was able to develop my skills and pass my courses by completing all the daily homework, dutifully following the announced college guideline of at least two hours of homework for every class-hour, and then spending whatever hours seemed necessary to read, review and study for each test. When my grades were not what I wanted, I practiced more to prepare for the next assignment. I suggest that you should also be willing to make “course corrections” when things are not going right.

The more mathematics you know – the more you can enjoy taking your math test because you just show off what you know. Doing mathematics well, or anything else, takes practice. If it sounds like work – it is. As you work to earn your degree, may you enjoy learning to learn.

Nancy Leveille



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