Saturday, July 2, 2016

List and rank any significant weaknesses that you might see in the UALR Mathematics/Statistics Department

Don't worry, it's not just you, it's all of UALR, well, all of the classes I've taken, no I'm sorry, I do recall a few good classes.  Comp 1 and Comp 2 and spanish phonetics and spanish grammar were good. :D My mom was the teacher of the spanish classes.  Anyway.  Anyway.  It's fucking stupid that you have this stupid capstone class and require original research out of people going for bachelor's degrees.  And college in general sucks.  It's a stupid way to attempt to learn things.  Lectures are stupid.  Be khan academy.  with teachers on call.

6 comments:

  1. What I dislike about the math program at UALR.

    I hate going to class. I hate the whole "lecture" format. It would make more sense for the vast majority of classes to be like you read the book or watch a video (like the videos on khan academy) and then go to maybe a scheduled class time or office hours to ask questions to the teacher or other students. Also there shouldn't be any deadlines for anything. People should be allowed to study everything at their own pace and then sign up for a comprehensive test(s) when they are ready. or something like that. not necessarily for all classes, but for many of them. or people could have the option of taking a comprehensive test at their own chosen time OR doing the class the typical way.

    When I started the math program i was doing the 2008 catalog or so, and advanced calculus was not required, yet when I took the major field test, advanced calculus was like half the test. There were other math types that were included in the test and homework that were not required for all math majors. That's not fair.

    Kosmatov is a jerk.

    It's stupid that a "senior seminar" is even required. I don't think that is typical. The school I went to before had a research class that you could take as an elective, but it wasn't required. Requiring original research of bachelor's degree students is ridiculous. These interview/survey questions are ridiculous. Expecting me to have assignments from past classes and be able to remember stuff about them and write reviews of the classes is ridiculous.

    I didn't take lower level math classes at UALR, but I'm guessing it's like other places. You trick people. You lie about what math is. You make calculus 1 easy to lure people into declaring a math major, hoping they'll stick with it even though it gets harder and calculus 1 isn't representative of math as a field.

    All classes should specify all assignments in detail at the very beginning of the class especially if the class is going to have deadlines.

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  2. For me, the "lecture" format is not an ideal way to learn math. I learn more when I can read the book on my own or watch a video (such as the videos on Khan Academy) and then go to a scheduled class time or office hours to ask questions to the teacher or other students. Also, rather than having deadlines, I would prefer to be allowed to study everything at my own pace and then sign up for a comprehensive test or submit projects or assignments when ready. It wouldn't necessarily have to be this way for all classes, but it would work for many of them. People could also have the option of taking the classes in the traditional way.

    When I started the math program, I was doing the 2008 catalog or so, and advanced calculus was not required, yet when I took the major field test, advanced calculus seemed to be half the test. There were also other math types that were included in the test and homework that were not required for all math majors. The program needs to be consistent so that it is fair to all students.

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  3. I think that a "senior seminar" should be optional. The school I went to before had a research class that you could take as an elective, but it wasn't required. I think that original research is too advanced for bachelor's degree students. Also, it is sometimes difficult to remember material from previous classes, and I was not told ahead of time to keep all of my assignments. Writing reviews of the classes so long after taking them is difficult and even overwhelming. If the "senior seminar" is considered necessary by the department, students should be told about it during their first semester so that they can be adequately prepared for it when the time comes.

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  4. I didn't take lower-level math classes at UALR, but I know at the school that I used to attend, they intentionally made Calculus 1 easy to lure students into majoring in math, hoping that they would stick with it even if it turned out to not be what they expected. If it not already the policy at UALR, the lower-level math classes should include a preview of what math in general, and UALR's math program in particular, will be like, so that students know exactly what to expect before they declare a math major.

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  5. Also, to help people prepare for class requirements and manage their time, and meet deadlines if applicable, all classes should specify all assignments in detail at the very beginning of the semester/course.

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  6. (note, i would like to mention something about how advanced calculus concepts should be introduced way earlier)

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