Be ready when the spring semester starts by sharpening your math and English skills through a pair of refresher courses offered at Western Nevada College.
“These offerings are designed to serve a wide range of students’ needs, but they’re primarily geared toward helping students who have been away from academics for some time adjust to the pace and demands of college classes,” said WNC Director of Liberal Arts Scott Morrison.
The noncredit math refresher course in pre-algebra concepts is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 3 through Jan. 19.
“This class is an excellent way to get back into doing algebra without any pressure or expectations — meaning NO tests and NO grades,” said WNC instructor Diane Housken.
Subject matter includes whole numbers, solving equations, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, graphing, geometry, exponents and polynomials.
“The class schedule is fairly compressed, but there is plenty of time for individual questions in class, plus access to computer-based practice in class and at home,” Housken said.
“After taking this refresher the student will feel more confident and have less anxiety moving into the ‘real’ algebra class,” Housken said.
WNC will also offer a English refresher course, which will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 17-20. It is designed to prepare students to take English 99.
“The class also acts as an introduction or re-introduction to being a college student,” said English instructor Daniel Wexelblatt. “We review basic components of grammar, punctuation and sentence/paragraph construction. In addition, we explore the kind of questions and material to expect in college-level English and writing-based courses, and how to respond to them.”
Wexelblatt said that the refresher course also covers several areas to help students succeed in their classes.
“We discuss good study and reading habits, as well as classroom etiquette (being engaged with discussions and activities, being respectful of the learning environment, etc,),” Wexelbatt said.
To register, www.campusce.net/wnc/