Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Ten Ways to Cut Down on Math Anxiety
1. You are not alone! Relax. Many people dislike and are nervous about math. Even mathematicians are unsure of themselves and get that sinking, panicky feeling called "math anxiety" when they first confront a new problem.
2. If you have math anxiety, admit it. If you pretend not to have it, you will not learn to overcome or manage it.
3. If you're having math trouble, practice a little math each day.
4. Ask questions. Some people think asking questions is a sign of weakness. It's not. It's a sign of strength. In fact, other students will be glad as they have questions too.
5. Do math in a way that's natural for you. There's often more than one way to work a math problem. Maybe the teacher's way stumps you at first. Don't give up. Work to understand it your way. Then it will be easier to understand it the teacher's way.
6. Notice your handwriting when you do math. The sloppier it gets, the more confused or angry you probably are. When it gets really sloppy, stop. Look away for a few seconds. Then erase the messy parts. Start again. Try to not let your attitude interfere with leaning math.
7. Know the basics. Be sure you know your math from earlier grades. Maybe you missed something that time you moved in junior high. Face it; Math builds on itself. You have to go back and relearn that stuff. Remember it's never too late to learn. Besides, you're older now. It'll be easier and quicker to learn.
8. Don't go by memory alone. Try to understand your math. Memorizing is a real trap. When you're nervous, memory is the first to go.
9. Trouble with the text? Get another math book. Maybe a book in the library will explain things better.
10. Get help. Everyone needs help now and then. Try to form a study group with friends. Or get a tutor. Or take a review course.