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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU!, June 19, 2003
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This review is from: How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide (Paperback)
I am heading back to school to finish up a Mathematics degree. Been away from school for a while, and even though I've completed Calc I, II and III (over 8 years ago), Calc is the prereq for my remaining advanced math courses. What to do?!?

Found this little gem three weeks ago, ordered it, and finished it tonight (an hour or two each night, and still living my life)! Given the textbook racket that seems to have become more costly than courses - not to mention filled with sometimes _too_ much information - I'm happy to say that this book is cleverly written, to the point, yet thorough with the principles and explanations of the general principles of Calculus.

I recommend this book to anyone who is:

a) about to take a beginning Calculus course
b) in need of an excellent refresher on the topic
c) would like to learn Calculus for fun, in a fun way!

Thanks goes out to the previous reviewers, and to the authors for taking the time to care about the student by setting the egos aside (next week it's on to How to Ace: the Rest of Calculus)!
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2013 4:06:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2013 4:07:18 PM PST
Paul S says:
Hello:

This is very useful advice. I am going back for a Math degree after getting my first degree 20 years ago. Do you have any further advice / recommendations?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 4:36:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2013 4:36:29 PM PST
Paul,

Firstly, congrats on making the decision to pursue a Math degree ... it can be a very rewarding one, to be sure. Secondly, the best advice I can think to give you is to rely on more than what the professor offers in the way of resources (i.e., the text(s) for the course). There's so much fantastic information online, so make use of it ... further, get in with study groups where the students enjoy discussing/debating how to go about doing proofs, as you'll see a ton of proofing during your Jr and Sr semesters, and for Math enthusiasts, this can be the best part of pursuing the Math degree. Lastly, enjoy the Math ... I knew a couple folks that went into it for the sake of having a BS in it, and both bailed by Jr year (the beginnings of proofing). If you already have a degree, I have no doubt you already enjoy Math, so that shouldn't be an issue.

As fate would have it, yesterday (Dec. 16, 2013) marks 9 years to the day since I earned my Math degree, and as cliche as it may sound, if I can do it, anyone can. I keep my degree hanging on the wall in my office so that I can see it, and remember what I went through to accomplish it, and I still get a warm fuzzy.

Best of luck to you, Paul ... you have a fun and exciting journey ahead!
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