Addressing Readiness Gaps in Precalculus With WebAssign [GUIDE]

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When students enter a precalculus course, their knowledge and study skills can vary greatly. To help overcome these prerequisite gaps and prepare your students for success, WebAssign offers resources that you can use in your course all semester long.

In this blog, we break down the WebAssign features that can help students overcome readiness gaps in your precalculus course at the beginning of, and throughout, the semester.

Beginning-of-course refresher activities

College Math Readiness Bootcamp

Refresh students’ knowledge and test their prerequisite skills with the College Math Readiness Bootcamp. This activity contains a formative student assessment on prerequisite topics needed for success in Precalculus, College Algebra and Trigonometry courses, as well as targeted learning modules to supplement areas for growth.

The assessment takes roughly an hour and a half to two hours to finish. The remaining time needed to finish the full Bootcamp depends on how much remediation the student needs with the supplemental modules.

To see the College Math Readiness Bootcamp in action, watch a brief overview video.



Concept review throughout the term

Corequisite Support

Whether you’re teaching a corequisite course or just want additional resources for your students, you can offer them support throughout your precalculus course in WebAssign with a Corequisite Support version of the course.

A Corequisite Support version includes the precalculus eTextbook and its resources, along with a second developmental math eTextbook with resources at no additional cost. WebAssign with Corequisite Support lets you customize your students’ learning experience to meet your unique corequisite model or teaching style.

Each WebAssign course with Corequisite Support automatically includes pre-mapped content and resources for the prerequisite and credit course. You’ll have the flexibility to deliver your course – whether it’s integrated, a just-in-time course, a separate support course or lab or a stacked model – to meet your institution’s requirements and your students’ needs.

To see a Corequisite Support version in action, watch a brief overview video.




Study skills throughout the term

Math Success Toolkit: Math Mindset and College Success modules

Sometimes the biggest challenge students face isn’t the prerequisite content, it’s their own fears and anxieties around math.

The Math Success Toolkit available within your WebAssign course allows you to assign interactive and reflective Math Mindset modules on relevant topics — including a growth mindset and math anxiety — to help your students succeed in the classroom.

Additionally, the College Success modules in the toolkit help students seamlessly transition into college-level math and address non-math obstacles. The College Success modules include “Time Management and Goal Setting” and “Classroom, Online Learning, and Study Skills” among others.

To see the Math Success Toolkit in action, watch a brief overview video.



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