In math you must read slowly and absorb each word.† Often it is necessary to read a discussion or problem many times before it begins to make sense.† Each word and symbol is important and many thoughts are condensed into just a few statements.
Always have a pencil in hand and scratch paper ready.† 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 donít see what to do, donít continue to sit and look at it.† Get your pencil going on the scratch paper and try to ďdig it out.Ē† Until you have something on paper you have not exerted enough effort to justify quitting or seeking help.
BE INDEPENDENT, BUT DONíT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS
Try to complete the assignments at first without assistance.† 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 hand, you must ask questions and get help when necessary. J 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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the habits that will save you frustration, and you must deliberately practice them to make them into habits.† Keep your work organized.
You must do all the assignments regularly and make up any work you miss when you are absent.† No excuses!† Donít 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 condition, but it wonít do you much good.