## 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 don’t 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 – usually

20 – 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 you’re 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 can’t do this" really

means, "I can’t 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.