How to do Math if You’re Struggling
You don’t have to use all of these all they may not all work for everyone, but this is just a list of helpful tips for anyone!
When you are introduced am new concept, instead of just learning HOW to do it, try learning WHY you do it. Just looking up the term on the internet can help a lot if you aren’t understanding a concept
- Pay attention as much as you can! this may be an absurd request for some people, but do as much as you can
- When taking notes, write down the steps of solving the problem
- Write examples that the teacher does. If you have trouble following these when reading your notes, try writing any change in the problem in a different color in the different steps
- Distinguish each section or chapter. Keeping things in chronological order can really help.
- I there is something that you don’t understand, ask. Whether it be the teacher or a peer. It helps to ask specific questions because it makes sure you are addressing exactly what you aren’t understanding
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK this is the MOST IMPORTANT if you are having trouble understanding. When doing your homework if you get something wrong, try again a few times. If you still don’t get it, ask.
If You Still Don’t Understand
- If you have tried new techniques and really tried to understand and still don’t get it, ask for help. Whether it be a teacher or a peer, just get someone to sit down with you and explain it
- Getting help from a peer can be very helpful. They may have an easier time explaining it in terms that you will understand
- No matter who it is, Someone will always be willing to help.
- Write up a summary of all the material that will be on the test. Write the steps and explanations
- Make a practice test. Compile problems from all the sections or chapters that will be on the test. If you get stuck, use your summary sheet, and remember to ask for help if you need it
- when you do take the real test, TAKE YOUR TIME. don’t freak out, and remember to think about what you are doing
- Remember, if you finish half the test and get them all right, that is better than finishing the whole test and getting them all wrong.
In conclusion, please do not get discouraged! All it will do is make it worse. I once could not understand math at all, but over time I just figured out what worked for me. These are obviously not the only things that help understand math, but these are some things I learned that have helped me to have an understanding of math.