We love hearing from students using WebAssign to discover how it has helped them learn course concepts and achieve better grades. This week we shine the spotlight on Sara Lucero, a sophmore at the University of Washington who is studying Civil Engineering.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with publishing company Perfection Learning to offer enriched precalculus content. This alliance enhances the Perfection Learning published textbook Precalculus: Concepts and Technological Applications 1st edition with an eBook and more than 1300 WebAssign questions.
We love hearing from students using WebAssign to discover how it has helped them learn course concepts and achieve better grades. This week we shine the spotlight on Haider Bhuttor, a sophmore at Texas A&M University who is studying Applied Mathematical Science.
With mid-terms currently upon us and finals right around the corner, now is a great time to check out some of WebAssign's free resources that you can use to help prepare your students for exams. You can add any or all of these teaching tools to your math course simply by selecting from a checklist under “Free Additional Content” when you create a new course, or by contacting us today.
Did you know that in WebAssign you can give bonus points or apply penalties automatically to discourage random guessing, encourage students to complete their work early, give partial credit for attempting questions, or give extra credit for some questions?
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Dan Kimball, instructor of math, chemistry, and science at Bakersfield College, started out his career in the juice and food industry. After receiving his BS in Chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1978 and his MS in Chemistry from San Diego State University in 1980; he then went on work as an international consultant in the citrus juice processing industry. He has over 20 publications in citrus processing, including 3 books. Eventually Dan found his way to the teaching field and has taught math, chemistry, and physical science in universities, community colleges, and high school for almost 30 years. Read on to find out how Dan teaches his student to learn, by instilling in them skills that are more than just chemistry concepts.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching has expanded with my experience. I believe that learning must be fun and I tell my students at the beginning of the semester that my class will be more fun than Disneyland. Many students actually mention that it was that fun on the end of the semester questionnaire. My class must be relevant and interesting as well, something that makes the students say, “That’s cool!” I also feel a responsibility to prepare my students for future college classes and their career.
I am constantly telling them that I expect their work to be professional and look professional. I believe in letting students do the work; the more I do for them, the less they do for themselves. I give them enough knowledge and resources to work out problems themselves, which places the responsibility upon them. Instead of shoveling knowledge into their brains, I give them the shovel. Many times students fall flat on their face, but this is the way they learn. Students cannot be expected to be successful all the time. They learn mostly by failing and getting back up again and trying again. I believe in helping students whenever they ask and try to make myself both available and approachable. I love teaching and I hope to pass this passion on to my students.
We love hearing from students using WebAssign to discover how it has helped them learn course concepts and achieve better grades. This week we shine the spotlight on Megan Poole, an upcoming sophomore at East Tennessee State University , studying exercise science. Thanks for sharing your WebAssign experience with us, Megan!