How to Succeed in Math
Studying for Tests
Battling Math Anxiety
- Have a positive attitude and set high expectations
- Get ahead in the textbook and try to work on problems before they are covered in class
- Ask a lot of questions
- Don't fall behind- math builds on a base of skills and concepts
- Problems can be solved in different ways- learning math is not only finding the correct answer but it is also a process of solving problems and applying what you have learned to new problems
- Practice, practice and practice
- Build your confidence- start with easier problems or problems you know you can do, then attempt the more difficult problems.
- Show your work- it is tempting to skip steps, but it is better to get into the habit of showing all of your work and this makes it easier to correct mistakes.
- Learn how to use a calculator effectively
- Use flash cards to organize information including symbols, equations, and concepts. You can also use these flash cards when studying to test yourself.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help
- Meet with the instructor during his/her office hours
- Check with the Academic Success Center for tutor availability or find a family member or friend who is available to help.
- Study with friends or classmates- working through problems together is sometimes more enjoyable.
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