Contextualized Learning in Hawkes’ College Algebra Corequisite Course

Students in your corequisite course have most likely seen these lessons before—some even two or three times. Yet, it’s just not sticking, and students are feeling frustrated.

What can you do?

Contextualize the prerequisite content for your corequisite students.

Updates to the College Algebra + Integrated Review courseware include new Making Connections and Looking Ahead sections in review lesson modules. These sections provide examples and videos connecting the foundational concepts to the credit-bearing material.

The Making Connections section informs students at the beginning of the lesson why they need to learn the upcoming review content.

Check out the example from the “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” lesson:


Students then walk through the instructional content of the lesson to get familiar with the concepts. At the end, they encounter the new Looking Ahead section, which shows students how to apply what they’ve learned and how it will help them understand the next lesson:



Explore another example from our “Order of Operations” lesson. Before students delve into the material, they get a brief introduction:


Once students are acquainted with the lesson, they can look ahead to what’s next:


With this contextualized approach to learning, students will gain a greater sense of why they’re being taught this information, making it more important to them.

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2 thoughts on “Contextualized Learning in Hawkes’ College Algebra Corequisite Course

  1. Reference page 7 of 7, rational functions. When multiplying by (x+6) or (x-6) suggest using a different color to highlight what it is being multiplied by. I felt it looked like it all ran together and it was hard to distinguish between the two.

    • Hi, Professor Berry!
      Thank you for letting us know. I’m sorry it’s hard to distinguish between the two. I’ve sent the information to our Tech Support Team. Thank you!

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