How to Effectively Study for a Math Test
If you've ever taken a math class while in high school, middle school, or possibly even elementary school, you may be unaware of how to study for a math test, or you may think it's impossible to study for a math test all together. Well it isn't! Studying for math tests is just as effective and just as necessary as studying for any other type of test, especially if you know exactly how to study correctly.
Some people think that studying is simply going over vocabulary, and reading over the book lessons. While this holds true for many classes, math isn't just that. When you study for other classes and read through the book, all you need to do is understand the book and the terms in it, right? So as long as you understand the terms in your math book and understand what they're saying, you're good to go, right? Wrong. You're going to need much more than just to know what the book is saying and what the vocabulary terms highlighted in bold mean. Of course you'll need to know the bold words and what the book is saying, but you'll need to know much more than just this to do good on a math test.
Math is about showing and doing, not so much explaining like all of these other classes require. You not only need to read the book and understand how to explain what's going on in the book, but you're going to need to know how to show your work for these problems, and especially how to solve them for whatever means the book requires you to solve them. If a book demonstrates how to solve for x by dividing by the square root of another variable, you need to not only memorize this, but be able to apply it if you ever have the need to.
So when you're reading through your book, you need to remember the important concepts, but also be able to apply them. If you're allowed to store notes in your calculator or make a note card before taking tests and quizzes in your math class, take advantage of this. In many classes where you're allowed to use notes, you won't be given formulas and what not. Be sure to make a note of any formulas you used while doing the homework questions for that lesson before taking the quiz or test.
If you already know the concepts and how to apply them, and have all of your notes ready for the quiz prepared with all of the vocabulary terms, equations, and reasoning for these, you're still not entirely done. You need to make sure that you've ruled out all possible questions on the test, and that you know how to avoid making those small mistakes. You're going to need to practice, suprise suprise! Practice makes perfect, and especially with math, critical answering is key.
Some teachers give credit for having the work and some only give credit for the correct answers. Be sure to have both, just in case one doesn't follow with the other, and you'll get the benefit of the doubt. The more you practice each type of equation and how to apply it, the faster you'll be able to do it on the test, as well as with much greater accuracy and reliability.
Good luck with your mathematical studying, and if you have any other school-related question or would like to request an additional specific article, let me know!