Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Category: Schools & Teaching
Author: Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa
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by Klockan   2017-08-19
> those who were underperforming weren’t struggling with the fundamental concepts in the class, but with algebra: the problems were caused by not having an intuitive understanding of, for example, the difference between f(x+a) and f(x)+a.

Those taking that class have spent years trying to learn algebra and still don't get it so we are already trying this.

> I’m no great teacher, but I was able to get all but one of the office hour regulars up to speed over the course of the semester.

Most likely they just memorized the new algebra rules as well. There are lots of studies showing how hard it is to teach students anything tangible, instead most will just try to memorize everything you say.

See for example: