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Transition to College Mathematics

Helping seniors graduate college-ready in mathematics

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College Ready in Mathematics

All students should graduate high school prepared for college-level math. The Dana Center’s Transition to College Mathematics course can help.

The Transition to College Mathematics course materials were developed to help high school seniors who have not met a college readiness measure achieve college readiness by the end of their senior year. Using a combination of print and online materials, this course addresses concepts and skills needed to prepare students for success in quantitative reasoning, statistics, or college algebra.

The Transition to College Mathematics student book supports in-class, teacher-facilitated instruction. Students also receive access to an online system that provides homework problems and other resources. The three-volume Transition to College Mathematics teacher guide includes instructional guidance to support facilitation of daily lessons, keys to student in-class activities, and optional lessons to support students in developing strategies for approaching exams and in examining careers.

Course Information

More and more institutions of higher education are adopting mathematics pathways that match students' chosen careers. The Transition to College Mathematics course materials are designed to improve students' quantitative, algebraic, and statistical reasoning abilities. Also included are lessons to improve noncognitive skills, supporting students’ successful transition to higher education and academic success in their first credit-bearing mathematics course.

TCM Course Topics

  • Mathematics Topics

    The Transition to College Mathematics course addresses topics needed to prepare students for success in college mathematics, including:

    • numeracy, with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers
    • manipulating and evaluating expressions and formulas
    • rates, ratios, and proportions
    • percentages
    • probability
    • linear equations and inequalities
    • linear systems
    • exponential, quadratic, rational, and square root models
    • data interpretations
    • verbal, algebraic, and graphical interpretations of functions
  • Noncognitive Topics

    Integrated within the mathematics content are activities designed to develop noncognitive skills and behaviors predictive of students’ success in college. These skills include perseverance, goal setting, self-regulation, and time management. Specific student success topics in the course include:

    • building effective study groups
    • harnessing brain plasticity
    • creating motivating goals
    • developing metacognitive strategies

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