Before The First Meeting
Obtain an ISU NetID
This is the user name you use for AccessPlus, BlackBoard Learning, and everything else on campus. I am pretty sure you already have one. If not, go to the ISU registration site.
Buy textbook and access code
If you are going to buy a new printed textbook, an access code comes with it. If you are going to use an old textbook or an e-book, an access code can be bought online during you sign up in MyMathLab in the first meeting (or anywhere you are able to access internet through MyMathLab) using a credit card.
You need two things for this class: a textbook and an access code. The access code is absolutely essential; you cannot do anything in this class until you have one. The book is recommended, but you can access to an online version, so you could get by without a printed book. More details on the textbook are given in the syllabus.
- To the students who retake the course
Go see Carly Harryman, a representative from Pearson, the first week Tuesday-Thursday: Tuesday, 9am-4pm, Carver385; Wednesday, 9am-4pm, Bessey 110; Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm, Gillman 1761.
- If you used MyMathLab for a different course before, you still need a new access code for this course.
- If you are waiting for financial aid and cannot buy an access code yet, you can get a temporary access code during the sign-up process. The temporary code provides 14 days of free MyMathLab access. Anytime before the 14th day you should pay or use an access code for uninterrupted use of your course. You can pay after the 14 th day and regain access, but you may miss deadlines.
During The First Meeting
A TA will go over the following things. If you can't make it to the meeting at your scheduled time, go at one of the other times (see schedule). If you can't make it at all, do this on your own.
Overview of the class:
- You do assignments on a computer every week (homework from any machine, exams in one of the computer labs, Carver 449 or 250). Details are in the Lesson Plan and the weekly pages accessible from there.
- During the first week, and possibly the second, TAs will run the weekly meetings as recitation sessions and make sure everybody is signed into the web sites you need for this class. After that the weekly meetings will be conducted as office hours. TAs will lecture or work with students one on one, depending on what is requested.
- All assignments have deadlines, but otherwise you can complete them when it is convenient for you.
- All assignments and exams are opened on the first day of the semester. You can work ahead, and even complete the entire course before the semester ends.
- The key word is Consistency. If you keep doing the assignments week after week, you are virtually guaranteed to pass this course with a decent grade. You even get extra credit for not skipping any assignments and getting reasonable scores on each (see Grades for details).
- If you think you can get by with cramming for the exams, you will fail.
- You can read the details on Grades and other policies on the course web site later; right now we need to get everybody started.
- Find the course web sites:
- Create an account in MyMathLab through your BlackBoard (without using a course ID; otherwise, you need one, but we don't have one, so create your account through BlackBoard)
- Before you start the signup process, be sure you have your access code or credit card by hand.
- Read the Instructions for signup in MyMathLab.
- If you have not bought an access code, you can buy one using a credit card during the signup process.
- If you are waiting for financial aid, you can get a temporary access code during the signup process. Remember you have to buy a regular one within the 14 days. If you buy a regular access code before the temporary one expired, you need to keep the regular one till the expire day, and then use it to sign up again into MyMathLab.
- Access codes are in upper case. Turn the caps lock on.
- Log into MyMathLab and complete the tutorial on How
to Enter Answers in MyMathLab. You can find it under the Tools for Success link.
When you are done with all that
This can be done during the first meeting, or later at home.
Poke around the course web sites and see what is there. Read the syllabus and other documents.
Read the instructions for Week 1, and start working on the first homework.
Friday, August 21, 2015