Math class can be an enjoyable journey if you are willing to put
in a little effort beforehand. Planning goes a long way.
Do homework daily
Doing homework on a daily basis is essential to succeeding in math
class. Take notes in class and use them daily. If you do your homework
regularly you won't fall behind when a problem occurs and it will
be easier to study for a test. Make a file where you can keep all
your notes handy for future reference.
Don't be afraid to ask help
Don't be afraid or to proud to ask for help. Your teacher will gladly
help you and it will give you the tools to conquer the problem. Sometimes
it is easier to understand something if someone else just shows you
how, instead of battling endlessly yourself. It will save you a lot
of time in the long run.
Use the handbook
The examples and notes in the book will shed some light to the situation
you need help with. Think logical. Don't over complicate problems.
Logical thinking will help you establish a basic way of solving problems.
Do sample tests
Take time to do sample tests. This way you can identify problem areas
quickly and eliminate them before its time for the real test. Retest
yourself regularly. This way you will be able to establish your weak
Form a study group
Form a study group that can meet at least once a week where you can
discuss problems or any difficulties and help each other. Compare
answers with one another. See the different way people can get a solution
to a problem.
Tackle problems head on
Work through problem areas more than once until you start to understand
them. It is a better solution to know how the problem area works than
to just memorizing the solution. Don't leave problem areas until it's
too late and you don't have the time to spend on those areas.
Good timekeeping techniques
Be diligent in your timekeeping. Don't allow other things to distract
you. Take at least an hour daily to spend on your math. In the long
run this will be dividends well paid. If you tire easily try to drink
some coffee or substance high in caffeine. It is a natural stimulant
and a short term solution. Be diligent in going to class. Missing
one day can cost you a lot of marks in your test paper.
When you feel all flustered or fear grips your heart, try to relax.
Inhale deeply and as you let your breath go out just calm your mind.
When you are stressed by a problem you will not be able to focus or
concentrate. It will also help you to be more confident if you are
in control of the situation, instead of the situation controlling
Take your time until you understand a problem
Don't rush through problems. Take your time and make sure you understand
it. What you don't understand today will become a problem tomorrow.
Math is like building a wall. If you miss one brick you will have
a hole looking back at you. The wall will be built but there will
be a draft.
Practice makes perfect
Math is something you need to practice. Repetition is what will give
you the skill to overcome any problem. If you have a math lab available
make use of it. It could give you that extra 10% you need to achieve
a mark. Remember that repetition is the key to success in math.