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This post is for those who, like me, struggle with Math. It definitely took me a while to figure out what I’m doing wrong that kept me from getting good grades in Math but as I have gotten to know myself a little more through “good” pressure, I have found practical ways that helped me break out of my old habits when it came to the subject. I hope these suggestions will help you through a tough class as much as it is helping me now with mine.

1.) Overcome Apathy.

Yes, you hate Math. And yes, those MathXL homework are annoying but once you finish them, it’ll feel like Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting that Oscar award. Your hard work will pay off. 

2.) Befriend A Classmate. 

Talk to the person who sits next to you. Or that one person who always yells out the answer in class. And if you didn’t get something, ask. From my experience, everyone I have asked to help me with a problem, helped me. People need people and it’s ok to not understand something. Asking a classmate for help has been really helpful to me and in return, I want to be helpful to others as well. And maybe this is just me but I find a class less intimidating if I know someone in the classroom! Being comfortable in a class is a big plus. 

3.) Use Resources. 

Your syllabus has your professor’s office hours. Go. The Math/Science Center has tutors. Show up. If there are review sessions available, invite yourself. You may not see it as a big deal at first but you’ll find treasure by being resourceful.

4.) Study. 

Cliche, I know. But if you’re like me, studying for Math requires repetitions and memorization. Lots of them. I am a visual learner and I have learned over the years that I retain information better if I wrote things down step by step. Every little detail is important. Studying is important. Studying is good. And you won’t fail your quiz/test! That’s always a great feeling.

5.) Learn To Get Up.

Bad quiz? There’s going to be another one. Bad Midterm grade? You have the next month and a half to bring it up. Failed a class before? People fail a lot in their lifetime. Don’t let one obstacle keep you from moving forward. Failing something hurts but you learn a lot from that failure more than you do from something that came easily. So get up. Put effort into your work. You will pass that class!

Ray Ann

My name is Ray Ann. I grew up wanting to be a lot of things. Being a lot older now, I realize you never really grow out of those dreams.

I’m 23 years old, barely 5 ft. tall and often mistaken as a high school student. But you know what they say — good things come in small packages. Despite me being a little vertically challenged, I’m a huge basketball fan. I love fast cars and fast…food. I love the color pink and my friends’ sense of humor. I aspire to be the realistic half of my favorite female fiction characters: to be bold and fearless like Nikita, witty, intelligent and fashionable like Blair Waldorf and sweet and sassy like Cher Horowitz.

Being a blogger means a lot of things. We write about anything and everything, including our own lives. We can choose to be private or be an open book. But I hope to share only meaningful and helpful things to anyone who reads my blogs. Montgomery College will always be a big part of my life as it gave me an opportunity to find myself and discover the things I love and gave me all the more reason to be myself.

Let’s believe in each other. 

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  1. This is great advice Ray Ann. I am one of the odd ones, I guess, who loved math. It was like solving a puzzle. But, there were a few stumbling blocks with me as well. I hated geometry and loved Algebra, Trig and Calculus. For reasons I do not understand, it seems people love the former or the latter but never both. That has been my experience and I still do not know why that is. The other thing is, if you struggle with a class with a particular instructor, switch to another ASAP. I had a statistics class once and got a D on the first quiz (crushing I know) and dropped the class immediately. I saw bad things on the horizon. However, in the fall I signed up with someone else, he was super and made sense and I landed an A.

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