Quantway and Statway Changing Minds about Math

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Algebra Doesn't Have to Be Scary
Arica Hawley used to dread math class. She would look at problems and not even know where to begin. When Hawley, 37, went back to Tacoma (Wash.) Community College last fall to finish her associate's degree, she placed into a pre-algebra course—eighth-grade-level material. Her mindset didn't change until she took Statway, a college-level statistics course for students who need to master high school math. She earned a college credit, and gained the confidence she needed to switch to a math- and science-heavy nursing program. "Math is now my favorite," Hawley says. "Chemistry's even making sense." She'll soon have enough credits to transfer to a four-year university.