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waitingforcal
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So I've been using a Barron's Math II book that has been absolutely no help to me. I've been getting 400s on the practice tests, I don't understand any of the concepts whatsoever (my highest math is Pre-calc, got an A). I knew that Barron's was harder than the actual test so I looked online and did some of those practice tests (collegeboard and random sites): still, way too hard! I didn't understand any of it!

I'm taking Math II in October and will be apply to many UCs and CSUs these coming months as a computer engineering major. I NEED to score as high as possible obviously. What should I do? I don't even understand the basics, where do I start? Is there some kind of online (free, preferably) study guide that I just haven't found?

Thank you.

I'm taking Math II in October and will be apply to many UCs and CSUs these coming months as a computer engineering major. I NEED to score as high as possible obviously. What should I do? I don't even understand the basics, where do I start? Is there some kind of online (free, preferably) study guide that I just haven't found?

Thank you.

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## Replies to: What to do if Math II is way over my head?

99Junior Member231Junior MemberThis is what happens when I do a practice problem:

I read the question.

I don't know how to answer the question.

I try to work it out, but with no success.

I look at the answer and explanation.

I recognize the path they took to come up with the answer but there are so many steps missing that I wouldn't know how to end up with the answer.

I just wish there was much more explanation, someone to dumb everything down for me.

359Member1) You start with possibly reconsidering your major choice.

2) There is nothing in Barrons book that cannot be done with Precalc knowledge (well, only conic sections maybe a little stretch). I am not implying anything, but this is exactly the reason why standardized tests exist. If you cannot get a 700+ on Math II, it will put a serious question mark behind your A in the pre calc class (once again, not implying anything, but have you ever heard of grade inflation?). The test is doable, you just picked the wrong book IMHO. Barrons is a good book to serve as a refresher for those who are good with math, but it can be confusing for those who find math somewhat challenging.

P.S. I dont see why everyone considers Barron to be "harder than the actual test". Although I havent taken the actual test yet, I find Barrons tests very comparable with other prep books.

231Junior Member24New MemberI noticed your post and realized I too have the same issues. The following are a couple web sites I've found to be quite useful in alleviating somewhat that manichean struggle between literacy and numeracy.

Chicago undergraduate mathematics bibliography

Teaching Yourself to Learn: Study Smarter, Not Harder

Best of luck and do not ever give up.

359Member7,054Senior Member231Junior MemberAnd thank you, no imagination! That is exactly what I was looking for to refresh!

294Junior Member8New Member