How to Study Mathematics

Before I get into the tips for how to study math let me first say that everyone studies differently and there is no one right way to study for a math class.  There are a lot of tips in this document and there is a pretty good chance that you will not agree with all…

Learn From Your Errors

This is probably one of the more important sections here and also one of the most over looked.  Learning from your mistakes can only help you. Review Homework.  When you get your homework back review it looking for errors that you made. Review Exams.  Do the same thing with exams. Understand the Error.  When you…

Taking an Exam

Taking exams is probably one of the most important things that you’ll do in a math class and so it’s important to do the best that you can.  Here are some ideas that will help you while you’re taking an exam. RELAX!!!  This is the first step to successfully taking an exam.  Unfortunately, it’s also…

Studying for Exams

Here are some tips on studying for exams. Start on Day One.  You should always be studying for the next exam.  Do a little each day, or at the very least start studying 2  3 days before the exam.  Do NOT start studying the night before the exam.  Cramming, while a time honored college tradition, just…

Problem Solving

In the previous section there were some general tips in regards to homework sets as a whole.  Here are some tips to help you actually work the problems.  Note that some of the ideas were important enough that they are actually in both sections. Read the Problem.  Read the problem to get an idea of…

Homework

Note that this section contains some general tips on making the most out of your homework.  The next section contains tips on actually working homework problems. Understand the Purpose of Homework.  Instructors do not give you homework assignments to make your life miserable (well some might, but most don’t!).  Homework assignments are given to help…

Getting Help

Getting help when you are in trouble is one of the most important things that you can do in a math class.  Here are a couple of things that you can do the get help. Get Help When You Need It.  Do not wait until the last minute to get help.  When you start running…

Taking Notes

Here are a couple of tips for taking notes in the class. Listen in Class.  Do not just write down what you see on the board.  No instructor is going to write down every word they say and sometimes the important ideas won’t get written down. Write Down Explanatory Remarks.  Make sure you write down…

General Tips for Studying Mathematics

These are some general tips that were either important enough to single out or just didn’t seem to fit into any of the other sections. Go To Class.   Remember that math is cumulative.   If you don’t go to class you will miss important material that will be used in later sections and/or important announcements. Get…