Coping with math

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Tabatha Fields

The Corsair

Mathematics can be an exhausting subject for students if one does not understand it.

As difficult as the subject is, there is no escaping it.

It is a required course for many of the programs offered at Pensacola State College, and most students ask if they will ever use any of these math classes in their daily life. The answer is yes.

Math is used when handling money, grocery shopping, preparing taxes, and budgeting household expenses. Each of these tasks require some form of math whether it is adding or subtracting.

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 Shawn Tull, a graphics and design major said, “Math is difficult for me. I have taken College Algebra, Statistics, and am currently taking Liberal Arts 1. I can understand the concept of it if I have a teacher who can explain it to me clearly, and show me different ways to do it.” 

Trigonometry, algebra, and liberal arts I and II are some forms of math that are required to complete the general studies program at PSC. Depending on the students major, certain levels of math are required for the student to pass in order to meet graduation requirements. 

Even though math is difficult for some students, there are those who do not have a problem with it. 

Kevin Atchinson, a PSC student, admitted he doesn’t “have to study much” for his Liberal Arts 1 class. “I have a love and hate relationship with math; it all depends on the day.” 

The PSC Math Lab, located in building 1 in Room 102, is the solution for many students who are having difficulty with math. There are individuals there to assist with any problems students may have regardless of which math course the student is enrolled. According to the math lab handout, “Technicians will be on staff ready and willing to help students with any problems they may have.”

PSC instructor Jeremy Carr said his advice to students is to “do homework on a daily basis” because practice makes perfect.


Math Lab hours:

Monday –Thursday:   7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday:                        8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday:                    Closed

Sunday:                      Noon – 6:00 p.m.