How to Unlock Your Education Goals with Online College Math Courses

By Beth Dumbauld

Math. Love it. Hate it. Doesn’t matter what you do with it. If you are going back to college, at some point or another, you will probably need take a math course in order to earn your degree. Math is the ultimate gateway course – and weeds people out indiscriminately. If you don’t respect math, and have confidence in your ability to succeed in taking math classes, there’s a good chance you will enter college with one foot already out the door. An expensive door. And there’s a good chance that door will shut you out, laying waste to your wallet and dreams. It’s a fact – math is one of the single biggest stumbling blocks for returning college students.1 Some students get tripped up by remedial math courses, and never give themselves the chance to move into classes that better reflect their educational goals. Others spend too much precious time taking the same math course over and over again, spinning their wheels, and leading to the feeling that college is all theory and has no value. After all, who wants to spend money on courses you already had to work through in high school or don’t reflect your future career goals?

The alternative to a typical remedial math course doesn’t hold too much attraction either, particularly at a traditional brick and mortar institution. Enrolling in a math course you aren’t academically prepared for costs you time and money. Taking the wrong course at the wrong institution can cause you to feel like you are falling further behind your peers – which let’s face it, you probably are. And if you fail, that failure can halt your educational aspirations in their place.

Find Math Success Online

Yet the math problem has an easy solution: online math classes for college credit . If you want to give yourself the best chance to succeed, you will find that, above all other subject matters, math translates best to the online environment. And success in math early in your college experience can lead to later success in college, no matter what your major or where you earn your degree. In fact math success has such a direct correlation with graduation, research has found that “students who passed college-level math within two years after enrolling in a community college were nearly three times as likely to earn a certificate or degree or transfer to a four-year college as students who didn’t finish in that time frame.”

In other words, an early investment of time and energy taking appropriate math courses for where you are -- and where you’d like to be -- is time well spent. But in order to have that payoff, you will want to spend time “learning” your learning style. You will also need to pay attention to what kind of educational environment helps you learn best, particularly as you start on your college path. For you, this may mean an online learning environment. The benefits of taking college math courses online are many, particularly if you require a flexible learning environment or one-on-one tutoring.

You can begin taking college math online through a high-quality college course provider like With their $99/month online college course subscription plan, you can take an unlimited number of math courses online (a $49 one-time registration fee also applies per class). Plus, you can take as long as you’d like on course material. Speed up when the material has a been-there, done-that feel, and slow down when you need time to absorb new information. Since StraighterLine also provides anywhere, anytime access to one-on-one tutoring, you can get the help you need, when and how you need it. In your classroom of one, you are the star student – there is no need to compete for attention or assistance.

1 Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Baron, Kathryn, Thoughts On Public Education: Students can’t get passed math, 2012, p.2

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