If you are not getting the results you want I encourage you to try something different. It may be something big or it may be something small. Here are some ideas I have been ruminating over the last few days:
1. If you feel you are totally lost it may help to get a map. A number of calculus students and parents have contacted me this year because they or their student feel totally lost. Sometimes I know it is easy to get confused in the minutiae of infinite details so having an overview and understanding of how all the pieces fit together can be invaluable. The Idiots Guide or Dummies Guide to Calculus as well as others like these are resources that can give you that perspective of what Calculus is, how it works, and how all the pieces fit together.
2. Make it a goal to ask your teacher 1 question every day. Whether it's before class, after class, during class, on your lunch hour, before school, or after school 1 question a day every day can help you turn things around or accelerate your understanding if you are already doing well.
3. Help others. Try and help explain a difficult concept to one of your friends and classmates. You will either solidify what you know or quickly realize there are some aspects of that concept you need clarification on as well.
Ok, so that's a few ideas and I'm sure you can think of many more as well, but try and do something new and improved to help you succeed in Math!
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Until next time - keep studying!
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