What can you do to be successful in Maths?
Ask Questions. Keep asking until you really understand. Try to make your questions specific …. Rather than “I just don’t get it” to which the teacher can only go back over what they’ve just said and the result will be that you still “don’t get it”, try to explain what line of the solution you don’t follow, or what word you don’t understand or try to link it to something.
Be organised. Keep your notes labelled. Use a black or a blue pen to write. Red pen for headings. Use a margin. Stick your worksheets in your books. Keep a folder for review sheets and tests. Set your work out neatly. Make sure your work is marked.
Study with a friend or create a study group or a study network. Organise to do your review sheet together or go to Maths help together. It might be once a week when you get together, it might be on the phone. Have someone who can help you when you need it. If you are away, find out what you’ve missed and complete the exercises.
Get rid of distractions. Turn Facebook off for an hour. Turn the radio off. Get rid of the boyfriend… Step away from distractions… Whatever they are for you…. Set yourself a time limit and get the work done.
Everyone needs help at some point. Know when to ask for help. You control the help you get. Maths Help is available. If there is a type of problem you find difficult, keep practising it. Get more problems and keep at it.
I’d also like you to challenge the stereotypes you set for yourself in this subject…. Stereotypes like “My parents were never good in Maths, so I won’t be either”… like “I’m much better at English, Maths just isn’t my thing”… like “I just don’t like Maths” . More about that later.
Finally Saint Louis University publishes some ideas about how to be successful in Maths. In particular there are some good ideas on how to go about solving problems in Maths.
What do you think it takes to be successful in Maths?