Staying Ahead In Class
Get a "can do" attitude: If you can do it in sports, music, dance, etc., you can do it in math! Try not to let fear or negative experiences turn you off from
math.
Practice a little math every day:
It helps you build up your confidence and move your brain away from the panic button at test time.
Get help outside the classroom:
This involves finding a study partner or support group. You may also find tutorial videos on the internet via YouTube. Also there may be several other persons in your school or community other than your Math teacher who may be able to help.
Attend class full time: Math is a sequential subject. That means that what you are learning today builds on what you learned yesterday. Even
problems based on a new math concept will need some old skills to work them.
Keep up with the homework: Think of it this way: No homework, no learning. Homework helps you practice the applications of math concepts. We
suggest you try some of the unassigned problems, too, for extra practice.
Ask questions in class: Ask the instructor: Don't be ashamed to ask questions. The instructor WILL NOT make fun of you. In fact, at least one other person may have the same question. Asking your classmates may result in you getting the wrong answer as they may not fully understand the ideas.
Ask questions outside of class: OK, so like most people, you don't want to ask questions in class, OR you think of a question too late. Then go
to the instructor's office and ask away.
Pay attention in class: If you don't stay alert to the instructor's presentation, you may miss important steps to learning concepts. Remember,
today's information sets the foundation for tomorrow's work.
Don't talk while your instructor/teacher is explaining a concept/idea: If you have questions, please ask the instructor. The information you get from classmates may be mathematically wrong! And if it isn't related to math info for this class, save it for outside the classroom
Remember!!!
Mathematics is about learning Principles and Concepts. Learn and study these and look for patterns in examples. You cannot practice examples successfully until you understand.After you understand then practice, practice, practice
math.
Practice a little math every day:
It helps you build up your confidence and move your brain away from the panic button at test time.
Get help outside the classroom:
This involves finding a study partner or support group. You may also find tutorial videos on the internet via YouTube. Also there may be several other persons in your school or community other than your Math teacher who may be able to help.
Attend class full time: Math is a sequential subject. That means that what you are learning today builds on what you learned yesterday. Even
problems based on a new math concept will need some old skills to work them.
Keep up with the homework: Think of it this way: No homework, no learning. Homework helps you practice the applications of math concepts. We
suggest you try some of the unassigned problems, too, for extra practice.
Ask questions in class: Ask the instructor: Don't be ashamed to ask questions. The instructor WILL NOT make fun of you. In fact, at least one other person may have the same question. Asking your classmates may result in you getting the wrong answer as they may not fully understand the ideas.
Ask questions outside of class: OK, so like most people, you don't want to ask questions in class, OR you think of a question too late. Then go
to the instructor's office and ask away.
Pay attention in class: If you don't stay alert to the instructor's presentation, you may miss important steps to learning concepts. Remember,
today's information sets the foundation for tomorrow's work.
Don't talk while your instructor/teacher is explaining a concept/idea: If you have questions, please ask the instructor. The information you get from classmates may be mathematically wrong! And if it isn't related to math info for this class, save it for outside the classroom
Remember!!!
Mathematics is about learning Principles and Concepts. Learn and study these and look for patterns in examples. You cannot practice examples successfully until you understand.After you understand then practice, practice, practice

