Ivy League... be prepared
So our D just finished freshman year at a highly selective university. She took AP classes in high school, did well and thought she was prepared for her first year. First semester was fine she retook a couple of classes but then second semester hit... Granted she is in a tough major but did not realize that the next math sequence would be so hard! The professors, knowing that many kids were coming from very rigorous schools, made the calc mid terms extremely difficult... the kids who had already taken the class did fine but those who had not made the low grades... C, D, F. Crazy. The same issue came up in physics... even though calc I and II were the "required" math pre-reqs. the class was geared for those who had completed calc III. D wishes that at orientation or during class selection she had known what was necessary to really excel in those classes. She did alright but will now really have to dig out next semester. Definitely not a soft landing for the first year. She has already told us she will be taking two other core science classes elsewhere in the summer because of this same issue.385 replies
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