Suggestions to Students for
Improving Math Study Skills
- View a math study
skills video tape.
- Learn how to relax before tests are taken.
- Use a good math note-taking system.
- Spend as much time on math homework as needed.
- Complete your most difficult homework assignments first. Usually, this means
- Read ahead in the math textbook and prepare questions for the instructor.
- For each chapter, prepare your own list of math vocabulary words.
- Find a study buddy and set up group study times.
- Develop practice tests and time yourself while taking them.
- Read ahead in
your textbook and make an informal outline.
- For practice, do all the example
problems in the text.
- While doing homework, write down questions for the instructor/ tutor.
aware of the time allotted while taking a math test.
- Make sure you attend every math class.
- Schedule a study period after your math class.
- Review video tapes and or computer software to reinforce skill building. For
previewing topics, review the video tapes before going to class.
- Verbalize (silently) problems the instructor writes on the board. Solve the
problem on paper or silently verbalize each solution step.
- Interview instructors before actually signing up for their course to compare
your learning style to their instructional style.
- Make note cards to remind yourself how to solve various math problems.
- Get help early in the semester before you get too lost.
- For understanding, recite back the materials you have read in your math
- Take notes on how to solve difficult problems.
- Copy all the information that is written on the board.
- Do math homework
- If you miss a class, ask your instructors for permission to attend the same
course that is taught at a different time or day.
Remember: You are held responsible for material covered in classes that you have
Paul D. Nolting, Ph.D., Winning at Math, 1997
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