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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

College algebra is a course that many students have difficulty with. It is a course that is usually taken to satisfy the requirement in the core area of the degree program. Universities across the country are in constant search for new ways to deliver college algebra and in the process improve the success rate as well as the retention rate. At Valdosta State University, we decided to compare the morning classes versus the evening classes. We believe that in the early hours of the day the students are more receptive than in the evening hours of the day. We also believe that the morning classes have higher student retention rates than the evening classes. Data was collected over a period of three years and analyzed. Our study found that morning classes have higher success rates on the final exam than evening classes. When comparing the retention rate, it seems there is no significant difference between the morning and evening classes.

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