Learning mathematics can be quite tricky, most especially if you struggle remembering the fundamental concepts. Math is never like any subject, you don’t need to memorize concept, dates, names or theories, but you need a good grip of understanding the basics. From the basic information you would be able to derive the complicated parts.
Once you learn the basic, then you move on to the different branches of mathematics, and you will be able to learn each of them in school. One of these many branches is Algebra. It’s filled with variables and operations, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and exponents. Plenty of students struggle with this course and frankly, not everyone likes it. Ironically, Algebra is one of the most fundamental branches of mathematics, and once you master it, you would definitely ace the rest of the branches. So, here comes the million dollars question: how do you ace your Algebra class?
1. Head Start, Don’t Wait Until You Are Stuck, Make Sure You Are 2 Weeks Ahead Of Your Class
The problem with most of the students is that they never take the time to head start. They just passively learn whatever it is listed down in the module in their classrooms. By doing so, they restricted their progress only to the things being discussed in class. Do yourself a favor and study ahead, as much as possible, try to be 2 weeks ahead of the class. Once you get the course syllabus, try to see what sources you could find to help you learn about the upcoming topics on your own.
2. Take Notes During Class
Math isn’t a memorization class. You need to write down bits of information in the class, most specifically the formula and the detailed solutions. By doing so, you would be able to retrace how a particular mathematical problem or equation is solved. You would also learn techniques on how to solve the problems on your own.
3. Do The Homework
Homework is given to students not to annoy them because there’s a long weekend but to give them a chance to apply what they learn in class. It’s given to enhance your skills, so seize that opportunity. Do this not just because it’s required but also to practice. It pays to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of equations, and word problems.
4. Practice Makes Perfect: Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice isn’t only for your mind. It’s also for your hands and your eyes. The more problems you solve, the more familiarized you are on how to solve them. It’s a body and mind coordination. The more you practice the more better you are at it. You get to see more ways on how to solve them too.
5. Make Sure You Understand Every Question, If Not, Look For Help
Not understanding the question or the problem would mean not being able to answer it at all. You wouldn’t know where to start and how to approach it. If by chance that you do start without understanding it at all, then you end up making mistakes.
6. Plan! Create A Study Plan To Track Progress
Make a study plan and stick to it. You can also do self assessment just to check how far you really understand the material. You can also try teaching your classmates or friends about what you know. Studies show that this is one of the best ways to review and strengthen your understanding.
7. Be Healthy! Exercise Regularly
All that studying would be nothing if you don’t keep your body healthy. Make sure that you eat on time as your brain would need lots of glucose to process information. You should also make it a habit to exercise regularly. This helps in improving blood circulation, which in turn helps you to focus a bit more on whatever it is that you are studying.
Now that you know all these simple tips, and you’re just steps away from being the top student in your class. Watch StudyPug video lessons to help you not just stay on track but also learn ahead!