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