SOME USEFUL TIPS TO STUDY MATH
1 READ CAREFULLY AND VERY SLOWLY
Always in math you must read painstaking slowly and try to absorb each and every word. Besides, it is definitely so significant to read any discussion or problem as many times as possible before it begins to make sense. Remember that each word and symbol has its consequence and meaning as well as many thoughts are condensed into just a few statements. Thus, you have to be extremely careful.
2 THINK WITH PENCIL AND PAPER
Always you need to have pencil in hand and scratch paper ready. First of all, you have to test out the ideas you are reading. When a question is asked try to answer it before going on. Try to completely work out the solved examples before you read them. After you have read and re-read a problem carefully and still don’t see what to do, don’t continue to sit and look at it. Get your pencil going on the scratch paper and try to “dig it out.” Until you have something on paper you have not exerted enough effort to justify quitting or seeking help.
3 BE INDEPENDENT, BUT ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS
Try to complete the assignments at first without assistance. In one hand, if you seek help too soon, either from your instructor or classmate, you will not gain the maximum benefit from your work. On the other, you must ask questions and get help when necessary. Sometimes little things cause considerable confusion. Do not be afraid your question will sound dumb. Some people seek help too soon, and others wait too long. You must use your good common sense in this matter.
4 LISTEN IN CLASS
The fundamental principles and ways of thinking, as well as many of the finer points, will be developed in class. You must pay careful attention to these discussions in order to really understand what is going on.
Do not be surprised if a topic or problem completely baffles you at first. Stay with it. One characteristic of learning math is that at one moment you may feel completely at a loss, and then suddenly have a burst of insight that enables you to understand things perfectly.
6 TAKE TIME TO REFLECT
To learn mathematics you must take time to think back over the material covered. It takes time for many ideas to sink in and become a part of you.
7 CONCENTRATE ON FUNDAMENTALS
Do not try to learn math by memorizing formulas and examples. Most mathematics is based on a few fundamental principles and definitions. If you concentrate on these fundamentals and try to see how each new topic is simply another application, you will need to memorize very little new material.
8 BE NEAT AND ACCURATE
These are the habits that will save you frustration, and you must deliberately practice them to make them into habits. Keep your work organized.
9 DO THE WORK AND DO IT ON TIME
You must do all the assignments regularly and make up any work you miss when you are absent. No excuses! Don’t wait until the last minute and then try to rush through the assignments. If you spend just enough time on your lesson to get the answers, but do not take time to really understand the underlying principles, you will soon become confused.
Math is not an activity for the intellectually lazy. It requires a strong, steady effort. There is no other way to learn. Neither is math a spectator sport, you must become actively involved. Do not expect to learn by sitting by and watching the instructor do the work. This will keep the instructor in good shape, but it won’t do you much good.