Studying Math + Notes: My method
So, I was kicking some math’s ass the other day. And I looked at my notes and realized that I had developed a pretty good colour system with page flags to colour code the things that I didn’t know how to do.
So here goes!!
This is how my notes look like before I highlight them.
I usually make these cheat sheets 2 times. First into a notebook (as you see) a few days after learning things in class, so I can do practice questions with some help. Second, I copy/make a new one into a binder, a few weeks later. Where all my cheat sheets will be when I’ll need them (e.g.: when I can’t remember something).
I also make some practice exercises to make sure the contents stick to my head (some = like a lot)
This is how it looks after I highlight them, 3 or 4 days after I’m done with the exercises and then more exercises yay.
There’s no other way. You can’t figure out everything by knowing every single formula in the book. You gotta practice.
- Orange – Headings
- Green – in orange
- Yellow – in green
- Blue – exceptions
- Weird yellow colour – don’t forget that this obvious thing happens
Regarding what is happening in my pages of exercises
Since my notebook is green, I use colours to match it.
I write the page in orange (and, as I have several exercise books, I write the book’s name/editor next to the first written page number from that book. Then again, when I change exercise books)
Below, I write the number of the exercise in dark green, to match the notebook.
EVERYTHING ELSE GOES IN PENCIL.
Here is a full page of exercises.
In what concerns the page flag colour coding, this is how I work it:
- Pink – I have zero idea how to work this through (I have tried and failed miserably – couldn’t even get to an answer)
- Orange – Failed exercise (done with confidence and wrong answer at the end)
- Green – I don’t know why this is wrong, the answer is pretty close, I didn’t miss any calculations/calculus/calculous (which one is it? Help please), so maybe the book solution has a typo (this is common stuff here in Portugal with high school math textbooks/exercise books)
- Yellow - I don’t understand the contents of the exercise.
When I’m done with the exercises, I go back and see what the flags have in common.
E.g.: All of my green flags after exercise seven where about lateral limits. I knew I had to calculate the lateral limits, but I don’t really understand the process.
Once I know what I don’t understand, I’ll send an e-mail to my teacher. Either to ask for help if it’s simple and short, or to request to be at her office hours that week or when she has the time.
DON’T BE SCARED OF YOUR TEACHERS.
So hey I’m done here. Hope this helps someone.
Also I LOVE MATHS so if you need any help, just send me a message or to my ask box or to my email. Whatever floats you boat.