Bob Jones University
Melissa Gardenghi has taught over 25 different undergraduate courses including required courses for business, accounting, actuarial, mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, premed, health sciences, and education majors. She currently teaches mathematics courses and chairs the Division of Mathematical Sciences at BJU. She completed a B.S. in Engineering and an M.Ed. in Math Education from Bob Jones University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.
Based on her own educational experience and her interaction with students in a wide range of disciplines, she is able to discuss common expectations for math and address questions and concerns related to being prepared for collegiate math. She has also developed and presented workshops/seminars to both students and faculty that focus on effective methods of learning in general as well as learning mathematics specifically.
Workshops from Melissa Gardenghi ( may vary by event location )
College Entrance Exams: Math 101
College entrance exams are designed to measure your student's preparedness to do collegiate work, and colleges regularly use them to determine which courses your student should take. Entrance exams are the culmination of several years of work, preparing to do well on these exams will take more than a quick study session. Being prepared includes understanding what is on the test and learning how to master the necessary material throughout the high school curriculum. We will focus the content covered and where it generally appears in high school curricula, and we will discuss strategies for studying math that will enhance the student's ability to perform well. Note that some of the content is expected to overlap with "Learning the Language of the Universe: How to Study Math".
Learning the Language of the University: How to Study Math
Most students have the following strategy for studying math: review the lesson, look over the examples worked in the text, do homework problems. Repeat for several lessons, maybe try some sort of chapter review/chapter test, take a take a test. Students who understand math intuitively tend to do okay on the tests, but for others, math can be a serious source of frustration. We will discuss what math is and how this changes our approach to learning math as well as provide some practical tips on how to better study math.