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Rhonda Allison, of Dracut, enjoyed working at her own
speed. "I am a nontraditional, older student and it had been
many years since I had seen any of this material," she said.
"Each module has a section to refer to, if you need help. And
there are examples with a teacher and audio to walk you
through the problems step by step.
"This was helpful when doing the program at home," she
continued. "In class, the teachers, aides and volunteer
students were always willing and happy to explain
problems." Allison successfully finished all 12 modules in
one semester, saving herself time and money by eliminating
the need to enroll in further developmental math courses.
"At the time I did RAMP-Up, I was still unfamiliar with
using a computer," said Allison. "The program was so easy to
follow and the modules flowed easily from one to the next. I
feel I not only sharpened my math skills, but also my
computer skills!"
Adriana Coombs, also of Dracut, appreciated RAMP-Up's
flexibility. "In a traditional program, the teacher does the
examples on the board and moves along, whether everyone in
the class understands it or not," she said. "In the RAMP-Up
Program, students set their own pace and are given any
needed extra help."
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Rhonda Allison
Returning Adult Student
RAMP-Up Math has improved completion rates for the
developmental mathematics courses it has replaced, said
Williamson. Students who earned a "C" or better in their
math class has improved from 51 percent in fall 2009 to a
success rate of 68 percent in fall 2011.
Amy Magin Wong
For more information about MCC's RAMP-Up Math Program,
contact Math Professor Michael Williamson at
williamsonm@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3128.
At the time I did RAMP-Up, I
was still unfamiliar with
using a computer. The
program was so easy to
follow and the modules
flowed easily from one to
the next. I feel I not only
sharpened my math skills,
but also my computer skills!
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