- Tuesday, 01 May 2018 21:07

If you’re smart, you’ll start preparing for your math exam *on the first day of class*.

*WHAT???!!!!*

What I mean is this: learn your math lessons as they are taught to you.

Don’t get behind, ever.

And if you’re struggling on a concept or skill, get some help, sooner than later.

Math is a “doing” subject. You learn it by doing it. Unlike English or History, for example, (which both involve great amounts of reading), you can master Mathematics simply by setting up and following regular, consistent study routines, from day one of class.

**DO THIS!**

You’ll master it, and have little stress come exam week!

**Here’s HOW TO “STUDY” for Math tests:**

**Start intentional math exam preparation on the first day of class.**

- pay attention
- take detailed notes
- do the homework
- ask for help if you’re stuck on a question. Even if it’s only one question.

**Self advocate.**

- if struggling with a concept, ask for help.
- speak to your teacher to ensure he/she knows your goals for the class and big picture.
- make yourself known to the teacher – not in a bad or annoying way, but a keen, interested way.
- make your goals known to the teacher.
- make your needs known to the teacher.

**When there’s an actual Math Test date on your schedule, do the following:**

- find out which concepts and skills are on the test.
- review each section in your notes, and in the texts/resources.
- do as many actual questions as you can find.
- do the example questions in each chapter introduction. Cover up the solutions, and check your work against them!
- search the local library and internet for mock tests and math resources, so you can work on more examples.
- work with a study partner, and describe, in your own words, the math steps involved.

Math is a cumulative subject – so don’t get behind. You need to have a firm grasp on last year’s math in order to master this year’s math; if you plan to pursue math at an advanced level, the work you’re doing today will support your future learning and success. You’re building a foundation in math in your elementary years, and then high school years. If something’s missing, you’ll have to turn back to re-build the foundation.

Cramming won’t work for a Math test. So do your homework, and keep up with a consistent routine!

I believe that with the right work ethic and enough grit, everyone can be strong in Math.

**GO FOR IT!**