How to Excel in Math

Studying for math is different from studying for other courses. Likewise, college math is different from high school math. The first difference is that college math emphasizes more on theory. The second difference is that college math concentrates more on application to problems. In other words, the professor does not teach you how to solve the problem. The professor will teach you many approaches to solve the problem.

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The average person does not learn math just going to class and watching the instructor lecture and work a few problems. In order to learn math, the person must be actively involved in the learning process. You must go to class and pay attention while in class. You have to take a good set of notes. You have to do your work homework problems.

To get the most of your math course, you should be prepared. Review your syllabus every day to find out what subject or chapters the teacher is going to discuss. Glance at these sections in your textbook. Try to answer the following questions; what concepts are going to be covered in the textbook? What theorems, proofs or methods are demonstrated?

During class, try to sit in the first 3 rows. A study conducted by Rennels and Chaudhari concluded that that students who sit in the front and center (middle) of the classroom tend to achieve better exam scores. Dr. Paul Adams, a dean at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, noticed that “students close to the front tend to do much better in class because they become more engaged in the class”.

Always review your notes after the class, and redo examples done in class and in the text. If you do not understand something, go to your professor’s office. Many instructors notice when students are interested in the class and try to help them.

If the teacher does not have office hours, go to the tutoring center room or hire a Daytona tutor to get help. You can also ask another instructor for help.

Form a study group or find a study buddy. Many times group members help each other with concepts and questions. If it is possible, meet once or twice a week.

Remember, constant review will help you retain the information in your long-term memory. Create and carry note cards of formulas and sample problems with you. In this way you can study between classes or while waiting for an appointment.

During the test, do not get anxious. If you are experiencing anxiety, take a few deep breaths and relax for a minute. Write down formulas as soon as you receive the test paper. Read the instructions carefully. Scan through the test and answer the easiest questions first.

After the test, work the math problem that you missed as soon as possible after the test. Remember, math is cumulative. There is a chance that you will see a similar problem in the final exam. Therefore, do not throw away your old exams or homework; you can use them to study for tests you take later.

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