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Whats a way I can do better on my math tests? When I go to take them I dont have a clue...

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animalover4546 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:31 AM via web

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Whats a way I can do better on my math tests? When I go to take them I dont have a clue of how to solve any of them. Is there a better way I could study?

We're currently going over matrices.

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cosinusix | College Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:18 AM (Answer #2)

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My advice would be to practice a lot. Try to do the exercises you already did in class without looking at the solution. Then work on some similar to those one. Try to explain to somebody why/where you are stuck. by explaining you will probably have a better understanding of your difficulties. finally, ask many question to your professors, they are here to help!
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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:19 AM (Answer #3)

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This is an important question. Here are some suggestions.

First, if you do not understand something, you need to ask your teacher to help you. Most teachers will be glad to help in any way. Perhaps, what you can do is to meet with the teacher after school to get addition help. Math is a subject that you must keep up with, because the material is cumulative.

Second, if you need more help, then you might have to get a tutor. See if the school offers this service. Often there will be student tutors. If there are none who are available, then you might have to ask your parents to hire a tutor. I know that this seems daunting, but it is important to keep up and learn the material.

Finally, do plenty of examples and show them to your teacher. Ask him or her to go over the steps with you step by step. In time you will get it.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:49 AM (Answer #4)

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I agree that the best way to study is to practice.  I also suggest posting problems here, maybe even the first problem in each section, because people will work out the answer step by step for you and tell you what to do, so you can use that process.

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:04 AM (Answer #5)

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Something that you may also find helpful is to review problems you've tried multiple times before you got them correct.  Look back over, perhaps with the help of a teacher, and figure out what you did differently in those you got wrong.  This may help you find common errors that you are making in problems.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM (Answer #6)

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You may want to ask your teacher from some extra practice questions.  The best way to study and learn math is to practice.  It is likely that you will be aware before the exam what type of questions will be appearing.  For instance, will it be word problems or quadratic equations?  Review each type of math problem that will be appearing on your exam.  For equations, shapes, or other applicable math terms, you might consider making flash cards.  Practice is really the best way.  If your teacher cannot offer you extra practice sheets, search the web.  There is a plethora of material on the Internet.  Check with your teacher for tutoring times or extra help as well.  Your teacher is your first and best asset when wondering what (or how) to study for a course.

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sudarsandhanyaa | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM (Answer #7)

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Practice- thats the only way
having a tutor is a really a big help!!

also, dont get nervous, during test time. I have found, that it blocks me from thinking logically...

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embizze | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM (Answer #9)

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On the test:first, don't panic. Find a problem you can do; this will build a little confidence and might give a hint on later problems. Realize that many problems have multiple ways to solve them -- you might be able to remember a formula, but you might be able to use a guess and check strategy.

 

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bernsb | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM (Answer #11)

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Step 1- Travel to Asia

Step 2- Go to an Asian school

Step 3- Take your pick of any Asian child

Step 4- Travel back to your math class

Step 5- Get an A+ on your math test (Asians know everything)

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francy17 | Student , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM (Answer #12)

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I usually practice a lot. But asking someone else to slove the problem and explaining how they did it can also be a great way to learn the formulas and solutions better.

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rayasamkiran | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM (Answer #13)

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The best way of studying any subject is to improve you ability to apply it.

Dont be afraid or get scared of maths, because it is just application of common sense and simple logic on any physical problem.

With out first understanding the root of the physical problem if you byheart the formulae and try to solve some problems you will definitely be in trouble.

There is no maths with out physics. If you take any famous mathemetician in history he should have been solving some physical problems and ended up in mathematical inventions.

Associate any mathemetical problem with real world problems and then you will love it. Discuss with your teacher to give you such direction.

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princess06 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM (Answer #14)

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It  really important to first love the subject ,the more you love it you can concentrate more.Next you have to practice alot , you can try referring other books that will help you. It's true that a tutor can help or you can approach your teacher. Be calm and cool when you are about to write you test and make sure you have studied well and also that you are confident.All the best!!!

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