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.
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!