Students spend the last 6 years of middle and high school relying on a calculator to help them complete and solve math problems. They enroll in their first college math course and the first announcement the professor makes is “calculators are not allowed.”

The instant reaction is usually “how can you do math without a calculator?” The better question is “how did you learn math with a calculator?” Do most students truly understand the concepts needed to be successful in a college level math course? Are they able to complete a full set of math problems without a calculator? Students should not wait until they take a seat in their first college math class to decide they will no longer rely on a calculator for math; it’s too late.

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