1. Attend class--
Choose to attend all class periods on time and don’t leave early. If you are absent
on a day that a quiz is given, you lose the points for that quiz. Also, knowledge in any math class
is extremely cumulative. What you miss one day will continue to hurt you throughout the rest of
2. Pay attention-- Pay attention in class, participate in class discussions, and ask questions. The
instructor regularly gives away tips for exams and quizzes, so make sure you take note of them.
3. Do all homework-- Do or attempt all homework not for the sake of just doing it, but trying to
understand the concepts, learning them in the process. “Practice makes perfect” applies not only
to music and sports, but also in mathematics. Be sure to schedule sufficient time to complete your
assigned tasks before the next class period.
4. Get help-- Know how to get help if you need it. Consult instructor during posted office hours.
These hours are for you to visit me and ask questions and express any concerns you have. Use the
resources available to you for free (especially the Math Center which provides drop-in Math
5. Keep up with all work-- Getting behind will “snowball” on you very rapidly. Do your
homework on a daily basis.
6. Study math everyday-- Don’t leave all the work until the weekend. No one can “digest” so
much math all at once, no matter how much time you spend trying. Math is best studied in bite-
sized, digestible pieces. That means studying a few hours every day.
7. Read the text-- Reading your math text should be done slowly and carefully… it doesn’t read
like a novel or a magazine. It is important that you learn the language of math; you cannot
succeed in any math course without learning to express yourself in that language. Only by
reading your text carefully and regularly can you learn it. Also, make sure to check the additional
resources available at the beginning or the end of the textbook.
8. Get Organized-- Organize your class materials, including homework assignments, graded
quizzes and tests, notes and any worked out review problems. These items will make valuable
references when studying for upcoming tests and the final exam.
9. Find other students to study with. Group work can be very productive, and is very much
encouraged. You’ll be given opportunity to work in a group so exchange email and phone
numbers with a couple of students in the class.
10. Strive for understanding not just remote memory. Understanding greatly enhances your
ability to comprehend later material. Memory is unreliable, and temporary. Understanding is
intense, never lost…and exciting!