Everybody’s
Guide to
Colorado State
University’s PACe Program
Learning Resources A student's job, in the PACe Program, is to learn the material in their courses and demonstrate their competence on Unit and Final Exams. Our job is to help the student do their job. No one expects students to learn the content of a course all by themselves! We provide many resources to help students learn. The most successful students know what these resources are and use them effectively. Every PACe course is organized around a set of learning objectives. Objectives describe the skills and facts students are expected to learn and tells them what they'll be asked to do on the Unit Exams. The Learning Resources described in this section are keyed to those objectives. As students read about the Learning Resources in the PACe Program, they should ask themselves how they like to learn. Do they like to work alone or do they like to interact with others? Do they prefer to read a text, watch as someone works a problem, or work the problem themselves and ask a lot of questions? Students should keep the answers to these questions in mind as they read and try to identify the learning resources that best fit the way they learn. Then use these resources regularly. 


Online
Course Materials and etext
The online etext contains the course objectives for each unit and provides printable PDF files of lecture notes. There are many additional learning resources contained within the online materials, including video lectures, practice problems, Required Assignments, and Review Exams. The “My Status” link gives students access to the course grading scale and their current point total.
Each course begins with a review of basic mathematical skills necessary for successful completion of the course. There are many videos to help students to brush up on their mathematical skills. Students will need to pass a Skills Review Exam before gaining access to the course content.
Instead of presenting lectures to groups of 250 students
in 50 minutes blocks of time, the PACe
Program has created many short video lectures.
The video lectures present a single objective at a time so students can focus
on that one objective until they have a good understanding before moving on to
the next objective. Students will be required to view each video lecture. Videos can also be
viewed multiple times to enhance understanding and can be paused to allow students
to take notes.
The PACe Learning Center in the Weber Building is staffed with undergraduate course assistants who provide walkin tutoring for students taking the PACe courses. The course assistants have been specially trained to help students learn precalculus mathematics.
Learning math is like learning to play a musical instrument; it takes practice. The best way to develop problem solving skills is to try them out on numerous problems. Required Assignments for the units of every course are available within the course materials. There is one Required Assignment for every objective. Students may complete these assignments in the PACe Center or at another computer that is compatible with our program. Students will be required to successfully complete each assignment by answering three problems correctly.
Required Assignments may be completed multiple times. New problems will appear each time to allow students to practice what they are learning.
These sites provide more opportunities to practice problems.
Students may access each attempted Review, Unit and Final Exam via the "My Status" link. They can review the exam items, what answers were entered, and the correct answers by clicking on the applicable exam. An explanation of the solution is provided for each of the exam items.
Students should keep organized scratch work when taking an exam. It is helpful to have scratch work when students have a need to discuss a problem with a course assistant. Then, if they have questions or are especially proud of a solution, they can discuss their work with one of the course assistants in the Learning Center. Explaining written solutions to someone else will reinforce understanding.
Supplemental Texts and
Calculators
The PACe Resource Desk is stocked with supplemental textbooks, calculators, and calculator manuals. Check out these texts to read another presentation of a topic and to find additional practice problems.
Texas Instruments TI83® or TI84® Graphing Calculators are needed for all PACe courses. If you are not familiar with these calculators, you may want to check one out from the PACe Resource Desk and practice with it in the PACe Center.
Texas Instruments offers a free 90 day trail of their TI84 emulating software.
Texas Instruments also maintains a listing of TI83/84 tutorial websites. Many of these tutorials are offered free of charge.