Who Can Enroll?
The short answer: Anyone.
Revised answer: Anyone with a (decent) computer and (stable) internet connection..
Further information on institutional requirements will be posted here soon.
Academic Requirements / PrerequisitesThe only significant academic requirement for enrolling in Distance Calculus is meeting the prerequsities for the courses. For Calculus I, for example, the prerequisite is "a course in precalculus".
A very common question we receive from students is: "I took precalculus 10 years ago, do I need to take it again before enrolling in Distance Calculus?"
The answer to this question is no in most cases. If we detect a weakness in your academic background surrounding issues in precalculus, for example, we will assign you extra modules at the precalculus level for you to strengthen your skills in that area. Due to the Mastery Learning approach of Distance Calculus, you can go as slow or as fast as you like through the material, so if you need extra time on precalculus, you take an extra few days/weeks to review that material and improve your skills.
If you have not actually taken a prerequisite course and would like to "skip it", that, of course, is not allowed. We do require all new students to submit proof of completion of prerequisite courses via academic transcript.
Distance Calculus Students are...In summary, "who can enroll" might best be explained via a list of the most common types of students we have in Distance Calculus:
- Working Professionals
A working adult taking college classes at night, aiming to complete a B.A. or M.A. at a local institution, who is taking a Distance Calculus course.
- Undergraduate Students
An undergraduate student who cannot fit calculus into his/her schedule at her main academic institution, or did not like the large and impersonal classrooms, etc., and prefers to take calculus via Distance Calculus on-line.
- High School Students
High school students who are advanced, and have completed their school's AP Calculus course, and could like to continue their calculus studies rather than wait until they start university. Or, at some high schools, AP Calculus is not offered.
- Military Personnel
We have many students who are currently in the military, sometimes in hostile areas of the world. The flexibility of Distance Calculus allows them to concentrate on their military duties, and work on their calculus studies when their tours have ended or taken a break.
- Graduate School-Bound
Students who have completed an academic degree, and are planning to return to a further academic program (i.e. graduate school), and need to bolster their graduate school application by completing some further math courses.
- Life-Long Learners
Without a degree goal or other similar plans, we have many students who are just interested in the academic challenges inherant in a student of calculus, and take our courses for pure intellectual interest.
- Grammar/Middle School Teachers
In many districts, teachers are required to continue their professional development in their general and specialization areas. Distance Calculus can provide satisfaction of these requirements in many cases.