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Course Description

The kind of thinking that goes into solving math problems is different from the kind of thinking that goes into many other activities, but with the increasingly widespread use of mathematics in many diverse fields, understanding effective approaches to mathematical problem solving are more important than ever. Cognitive science has a lot to say about this, as do mathematicians such as George Pólya, author of the classic book “How to Solve It”, among many others. This course is designed for learners who have been striving to achieve a better understanding in precalculus or calculus; it will aim to clear away some common misconceptions about math, teach effective ways to approach math problems drawing on modern cognitive science, and prepare learners for success in future math courses

Course Syllabus

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  • This class was extremely helpful in changing my perception of math and my mathematical abilities. From the psychology behind problem solving to tips for studying math, it helped me to greatly improve my math problem solving process. I am much more confident in my ability to succeed in future math courses!
  • My biggest takeaway is the new techniques I learned and really how it’s not about how smart you are, but it is about how you study and how you learn. I will 100% use these new techniques in future subjects so I can optimize my learning to the fullest.
  • I totally recommend taking this class if you feel lost or are having trouble with mathematics at any level. This class is a great way to learn new techniques and ways to efficiently study and understand what you are learning.
  • This class was really educational and enjoyable. It almost didn’t feel like a class- it was just a time of my where I could talk and listen to my peers who had a similar experience of mine regarding math. Through this class I learned helpful study techniques that I can apply to my future courses at Rutgers.
  • Professor Tabanli was an amazing professor, who gave me a better insight on how to tackle problems in general. Instead of just going to do a problem you have to, try to understand the steps behind a problem and how you got there, as it will help you in the long run. It also doesn’t matter if you’re good at math or bad at math, if you want to get better at it, keep a growth mindset.