> I find that I need to do PreCalc review with my group each year. I > <shudder> spent a bit over three weeks on PreCalc review and then gave > a test on what I reviewed with them. Happy note: the test results were > good.
Something troubles me about this. It seems to me that the lesson we teach when we conduct extended reviews like this is that students don't have to deal with the stuff of the current course because the teacher in the next course will go over it again--and, moreover, give credit for it in the next course. I typically find that I don't really have enough time to cover the current course as carefully and completely as I'd like to; I certainly don't have class time to spend on things the students should bring to the course with them.
I think, especially of courses that carry college credit, that we should be making it very clear that students are responsible for their own review when review is needed. We'll help--but not in the classroom, and not for any kind of credit. A calculus course is a calculus course--not a precalculus course, and the time alloted to that calculus course's meetings is sacred to calculus. Need help with the algebra? See me outside of class time. Will it count toward your calculus grade? *No way!*