Things that make THINK ABOUT YOUR MATHS easier

  • Do your class homework
    • All of it, and on time
    • Find out how to do the things that block you when working through an exercise
      • Read your textbook/notes, look for a worked example, ask a friend, ask your tutor — find out! For yourself! You will be able to do it.
    • Do not procrastinate — make maths a priority
  • Read your teacher’s notes or textbook carefully
    • This may mean having to re-read certain parts of the text, and more than twice
    • Some things may have to go on the back burner to simmer for while
      • Ie some ideas take getting used to 
        • Don’t be concerned, if something is hard to understand, everybody has the same experience whatever level they are at
        • Keep coming back to it
        • Doing this does not mean that you are not good at mathematics
      • Ask about anything you do not understand in tutorials
  • Look at and follow worked examples
    • These show you how to complete exercises and find solutions to problems
      • It is vital that you are able to follow and learn from these
      • Look! line by line, and imagine what happened to go from one line to the next
        • Overcome any feelings of aversion due to math phobia and Look!
      • Please ask about anything in any worked example that you don’t understand
      • Really work at using these to learn from — that is why they are included in textbooks
  • Write solutions as per your teacher’s worked examples
    • I’ll say, “Copy their style assiduously!”
    • Actively make connections 
      • This is the skilful part that only you can do for yourself
      • Use your “street smarts” — reasoning is not something that is rarefied, it is very down to earth and you have it at your disposal, you just have to start using it
    • Do not be put off by making small errors
      • And even less by big errors
      • Making errors does not mean that you cannot do mathematics
      • Just become aware, acknowledge, and make a mental note, that you have made an error and what error it is, correct it, and move on
      • You will soon find that you have stopped making the error (and may now be making new errors, but this is what it is like learning maths — we learn by making mistakes)