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.

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.

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.

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.

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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