효과적인 수학 공부방법

디지탈시대 수학이 힘이다 수학은 정의(definition)로부터 출발하는 학문이다. 필자는 캐나다 만큼 수학적 정의를 무시하는 나라를 본적이 없다. 교과서 조차 수학적 오류들이 너무많이 눈에 띈다. 예를들어, 학생들에게 prime number(소수)가 무었인지 물어보면 대부분 1과 자기 자신으로 나누어 떨어지는 수라고 대답한다. 그렇다면 1은 prime number인가 아닌가? 전에 강의를 듣던 한 학생이 자기고등학교 수학선생 5명에게 물어봤더니 3명은 prime number이고 2명은…

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…