HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MATH STUDENT

       

In the Classroom:

∑ Be sure to attend all of each class meeting
∑ Ask questions in class when you donít understand what is going on.

Your Math Book:

∑ Read your textbook slowly and carefully, including the chapters at the beginning of the book.
      Every step is important.
∑ Try to understand each line. Even major ideas are not always repeated.
∑ Pay special attention to material that is highlighted or boxed in.
∑ Try examples first. Cover them up and uncover one line at a time to compare your work.
∑ Keep your lower level math books as references, and consult them if you need to review a topic.

Working outside of the Classroom:

∑ Ask about the reasonable amount of time to spend on exercises and studying for tests.
      It may be more than you expect.
∑ Do all the assigned homework problems.
∑ Do the exercises that look easy to you first.
∑ Break up math study time into small enough units to keep your energy level high Ė usually
      20 Ė 30 minutes at a time.
∑ Math skills improve through practice.
∑ Details are important in mathematics, so be sure to work problems carefully and neatly.
∑ Try different ways of solving a problem. Many times there is more than one way to
      solve a problem. If youíre stuck, be adventurous; experiment
      with possibilities.
∑ In word problems, write down knowns and unknowns. Use symbols and make sketches
      to organize the information.
∑ The process of leaning mathematics is cumulative. Plan to review previously covered
      material regularly.

When you need help:

∑ See your instructor in his/her office.
∑ Visit the drop-in math tutoring centers on the Meramec campus (SW 211 and CN102),
      at South County Education Center, and West County Education Center.
∑ Check to see if there is a Student Supplement to your textbook on reserve in the library.
∑ Check out video tapes in the library or in the tutoring centers. These tapes cover
      all Algebra topics, and there are often tapes to accompany your textbook.
∑ Beware of what you say to yourself inside your head. "I canít do this" really
      means, "I canít do this yet."
∑ Math is like a ladder. If steps are missing, you will have trouble getting to the top.
      Reviews previous material to strengthen the ladder.