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Course Descriptions

“My math teacher knew what he was doing. He was full of energy and even if we were tired, he would still push and encourage us. I never liked math, but now I love math.”

–Cynthia. CUNY Start Student, Class of 2014

Pre-College Math

In CUNY Start Math, students will study a mix of pre-algebra and algebra topics. Students will also study abstract mathematical functions and functions applied to real-world situations. Participants in this course do not simply memorize rules and formulas. Our goal is to help students develop thinking skills that will enable them to understand, discuss and write about mathematics. Understanding is maximized through in-depth study of core math concepts in an interactive, supportive learning environment.

Academic Reading and Writing

The Reading and Writing course focuses on analyzing and discussing works of non-fiction, including autobiographical essays, in which the authors consider the role of language and literacy in the shaping of identity. The purpose of this class is to help students examine their own reading habits and skills as well as their identity as a writer and learner. The Reading and Writing course prepares students to pass the CUNY Assessment tests in Writing (CAT-W and the ACT Compass reading exams.) Skill development includes argumentative and analytic writing, and college-level reading and study skills.

College Readiness Seminar

All students in CUNY Start participate in a weekly College Readiness Seminar class to explore their academic identity and learn about college structures and campus resources. The course helps students align their career goals with BCC educational requirements and prepares them for academic achievement and graduation. CUNY Start advisors assist students with time management, navigating the BCC campus, developing communication and self-advocacy skills, and academic planning.


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