Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: My tips on graduating and getting good grades
Posted by CheshireKat on October 15 2010 01:45 PM
Ducatis - I would consider any of the math-heavy physical sciences (such as Physics and Chemistry) to be dyscalculia unfriendly. I took Geology and Soil and Water Science as my two gen ed physical sciences, and they were both pretty math lite. The only numbers I really had to remember was pH levels in different sediments, some chemical compounds in water, things like that. My disabilities professor also warned me away from any Astronomy-type class, since they are basically just applied Physics and have a lot of mathematical formulas.
Also, I did really poorly in Art History too! I took it as an elective, thinking I would like it because of my Anthropology background (it's my minor). Wrong, wrong, wrong. The whole class was just rote memorization, and I am awful at that. Even when it's not just numbers, even if it's other things, I still suck at any sort of plain memorization. I am great at learning, but rote memorization is not learning, it's just a test of how many meaningless names, dates, and locations you can memorize into relevant chunks. I scraped by with a D in the class for the semester, only because I wrote a very good paper about late classical Roman sculpture and culture, and comparing and contrasting what late classical Roman art says about the decline of Roman civilization, and if our own would mirror their own fall from glory. My teacher loved my essay and gave me an A, and that pulled me up into D territory for my grade. Thank God that is just a lower-level elective and I don't need it for anything!