Both my son and his roommate are enrolled in MA 100, and didn't realize it is virtually all online. They are both lost...and wanting to drop the class. Is there any tutoring available for this class? Or perhaps anyone know the best person they can reach out to in the Math department to see if they can switch to a different class or what the options would be? They are both business majors ( at least for now!), and I think this was the lowest Math they could take. Any enlightenment appreciated.
Also remember that the software you use in that class is very interactive, like having a one-on-one teacher. Also, the MTLC has on-site instructors ready to assist while you do your homework there. And there are the CTL tutors.
If, knowing all that, you still would prefer a traditional lecture course, Shelton teaches all the UA lower level courses (often times, even the course numbers are the same).
My D did tell me she had trouble understanding the on-site instructors that were at the MTLC her first time. Their English is not the best. Do the instructors work set hours in the lab, so when she finds one she can understand she can try to go when he/she is available?
Feeno was referring to Shelton State Community College, which is also in Tuscaloosa.
I agree that there are many ways to get help with a math course should one be having trouble, especially if it is a 100 or 200-level course. If edgymama's son and his roommate are sent on taking the course at UA, it will be delivered primarily in an online format. Other schools may offer an instructor-taught course which they could take over the summer or during the school year if they are willing to drive over to Shelton.
Shelton is on the far southern outskirts of town. It takes a good 15 minutes to get there from campus with no traffic. I don't know how many people dual enroll in classes at UA and Shelton, but I wouldn't say it's unheard of. Nobody is going to want to take too many courses at Shelton (for one thing the hours earned there don't count towards your class standing for purposes of football tickets ). For most who do it, I'd say it's one- or two-time deal.
Some of the time, it's not worth your while. For example, the organic chemistry there is known to be extra difficult because the professors know many students are taking it there to avoid it at UA. For the instance of math, the difference is easy to understand. Shelton teaches all their lower level math courses in classroom with a teacher lecturing. UA simply will not expend the resources to teach math classes below the precalculus level when one of the expectations for admission is three years of math in high school.
If your D is having a hard time with math, have her immediately start going to CTL for tutoring. She can make appts online with the link in post #5. She can request one of my sons. PM me if you want their names.