1. Be organized. Don't underestimate what being organized can do for your ability to succeed in math. When you write neatly and clearly with one step per line you think more clearly as well. Furthermore, you are less likely to make simple mistakes and if you do they can more easily be spotted and corrected. You also don't want to be the math student that stuffs all their papers into the back of the book until the binding screams for mercy. Rather get a binder or folder so you can easily refer back to old worksheets and assignments when you are studying for your quizzes and tests.
2. Do your homework. Many students take their homework assignments too lightly, rushing through them and not giving them their due. Take this time when doing your homework to write down any questions you might have about the section and/or highlight problems you want to ask your teacher or tutor for additional help on.
3. Make notecards. When you have a lot of formulas to memorize put them individually on notecards with the name of the formula on one side and the rest of the formula on the other. Be a brainiac, nerd, or whatever else you want to call it and put these in your pocket. Then you can flip through them at idle moments while on the bus, or before school, or even before you go to bed at night.
4. Read ahead. This last step is for those who want to take it to the next level. It's simple enough once you get in the swing of it. Just take 10 minutes the night before class to read about the section you are covering the following day. Then when you are in class listening to your teacher you are not hearing the information for the first time but rather honing your understanding more deeply. When you do the homework you will understand the material and it will take you less time.....which you can use to preview the next days material : )
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