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How can you explain to a new student trying to enroll in college why math is the biggest hurdle to get over?

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If you are trying to provide peer counseling or academic counseling, the most useful thing to do is to get a copy of the college's Math curriculum. This way, the newly-enrolled student will get a chance to see exactly what is expected of students as they enroll, and what are the requirements to pass the course with a passing grade, which is the ultimate goal.

Since the student may be excited to be crossing the threshold to college life, a suggestion that may very well work is to NOT talk about Math as a potential obstacle. Instead, show the curriculum, samples of different syllabi from a diversity of professors, and even direct the student to the college website to determine which professors have a teaching...

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