Managing the Mean Math Blues: Study Skills for Student Success / Edition 2

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With over 50 combined years teaching basic math through calculus as well as consulting with math anxious students, Cheryl Ooten and Kathy Moore offer a wealth of creative ideas for all math students to overcome negative perceptions about math and develop the needed math study skills for success.

Managing the Mean Math Blues teaches students how to develop their own power to produce the desired proficiency in math. Students turn failure into success as they uncover secrets of successful math students and practice these new techniques with universal basic math concepts.

The second edition offers:

--Stronger and more math study skills content

--Added chapter to practice new skills on algebra

--Increased focus on the powerful "flow with math" technique

--The best strategies for overcoming math anxiety

--Teacher Resource Booklet

Watch students flourish as they put these cutting-edge techniques into practice and achieve a new level of confidence in the math abilities in the classroom."

“It’s a great book! I hope math. faculty will take advantage of having a book available that combines the cognitive and affective combined approaches to teaching math.”

Joan Totten Ferris State University

“This is the book that I wish I had 35 years ago when I first started teaching math. The book neatly packages ideas, strategies, and tools in a way that readers understand, accept, and apply to learning math and any other challenging topic….Managing the Mean Math Blues, 2e is first book to clearly incorporate psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuroplascity, visualization, relaxation, study skills, into a book that addresses and offers tools and strategies to overcome math anxiety.”

Justine Wong

“The content is sound, the tone of the book is very supportive, and there is just enough content but not too much.”

Nancy D. Eschen Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Start strong. Finish stronger.

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Meet the Author

Cheryl Ooten , Mathematics Professor Emeritus, Santa Ana College, has taught all levels of mathematics from basic math through calculus counseling math anxious students for over 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist, Cheryl is currently a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing her continuing interest in student success and math education.

Kathy Moore, Mathematics Professor, Santiago Canyon College, enjoys sharing her love of mathematics with the math anxious student. Outside of teaching people mathematics, she trains and shows her five dogs in obedience competitions around the country. Kathy lives in Norco, California with her husband and the canine pack.

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Table of Contents





Chapter 1–Begin with Facts

Student Success Stories

Student Success Story: Alex Solano

Chapter 2–Flow with Math

Student Success Story: Isabella Vescey

Chapter 3–Learn How You Learn

Student Success Story: Enrique De Leon

Chapter 4–Time Yourself Successfully

Student Success Story: Sarah Kershaw

Chapter 5–Bridge Gaps with Study Skills

Student Success Story: The Tortoise and the Hares

Chapter 6–Use All Your Resources

Student Success Story: Jazmin Hurtado

Chapter 7–Take Charge of Testing

Student Success Story: Carlos Ordiano

Chapter 8–Make Strong Math Memories

Student Success Story: Joel Sheldon

Chapter 9–Solve Problems Systematically

Advice for Struggling Math Students

Chapter 10–Manage Math Anxiety

Poem by Victoria Stephenson

Chapter 11–Neutralize Negative Math Thoughts & Behaviors

Chapter 12–(Optional) Consider Algebra


Problem Solving Index


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