Suggestions for Academic Success in Mathematics
- Remember that two hours of study for each hour of class is considered the norm in a
- One hour of study each day is far better than ten hours on the weekend. Much time is
required to absorb, ponder, and understand mathematical concepts. Do not get behind
in your work.
- When reading a technical text, read one sentence (or even one phrase) at a time. Go
through sample problems one line (or even one term) at a time. Do not go on until you
understand what you have just read.
- The degree of success of your first attempt to work an assignment is generally an
accurate evaluation of your understanding. Pretend the homework problems are an
exam--do not look back at formulas or at the answers before attempting to work each
problem on your own.
- Remember that mathematics involves both cognitive and mechanical skills. Try to
determine in which of these areas you are stronger; concentrate your efforts on your
- Always assume there will be a pop quiz the next class period and ask yourself, "Am I
ready for a pop quiz over this material?"
- Seek help IMMEDIATELY if you are having trouble understanding a concept. Do not
wait until mid-term (or even until next week).
- Remember: there are many people on this campus who really care about you and truly
desire to help you with any problems you may encounter. However, no one can help
solve a problem unless he knows it exists. (And how shall he have knowledge unless he
hear? And how shall he hear unless he be told?)
- As obvious as this may seem, academic performance is related to physical health. Be
sure to eat well and get adequate amounts of sleep and exercise.
- A word about priorities: Every individual is given 24 hours per day, 168 hours per
week. Each person finds time to do those things which he believes important.