Study Approaches and Objectives

The CalculusQuestTM expedition is divided into 10 Stages listed in the Main directory Within each stage you may tackle the material in any order you find effective. Below are three typical study approaches, and you are free to make up your own.

Typical Study Approaches

From Beginning to End Working Backwards Back and Forth

  1. Read through the Lesson Pages
  2. Try the Practice Problems
  3. Go back to the Lesson Pages as needed
  4. Perfect the Practice Problems
  5. Do the activities in "Onward and Upward"

  1. Look at what is in "Onward and Upward"
  2. Find worked practice problems which might help
  3. Read the Lesson Pages when you get stuck
  4. Perfect the Practice Problems
  5. Do the activities in "Onward and Upward"

  1. Glance at the Practice Problems and "Onward and Upward"
  2. Read the Lesson pages a few at a time
  3. After a few Lesson pages, go back to the Practice area
  4. Read Lesson Pages and perfect Practice problems
  5. Do the activities in "Onward and Upward"

Measuring Progress

Progress is measured in terms of set goals. The goals may be concrete or abstract, but whatever their nature we must design a task which will tell us whether we have attained them.

In keeping with this approach, CalculusQuestTM was designed around a set of course objectives. Associated with each objective are criteria for demonstrating that an objective has been achieved.

A few objectives are simple calculational skills which can be demonstrated by doing calculations. Far more are techniques which can be demonstrated by solving problems which require their application, and some objectives are concepts or definitions whose understanding is demonstrated either by choosing examples and counterexamp les or by written communication. CQ objectives appear

The Lesson and Practice areas of each Stage are supposed to take you to the point where you can meet the criteria, and the Onward and Upward areas are designed to verify that the criteria have been met.

From your guide's perspective, your progress is measured by the extent to which you can demonstrate mastery of the course objectives through the completion of activities in the Onward and Upward area.



© CalculusQuestTM
Version 1
All rights reserved---1996
William A. Bogley
Robby Robson