How to Study for Math
- Find out what topics are on the test. This seems obvious, but it's a very important step. If the teacher hasn't said it in class, ask him/her after school to clarify. Or make a list for yourself using your book and notes.
- Go through your notes. Review important concepts and vocabulary. Highlight these as you go. It might be helpful to make a "cheat sheet" and rewrite important information on one sheet of paper. If you're not sure what something means make a note of it. When you're finished going through your notes, look up the things you were not sure of. For vocabulary you can use the glossary. For concepts ask the teacher for clarification after school or use the Tools & Resources page of the website for more information.
- Go through your homework assignments. Highlight questions you got incorrect or were confused about. Re-do these problems! Make sure you understand how to do them correctly. This is part of the reason it is important to write the original problem when doing homework.
- Identify what areas you're having trouble with. From going through your notes and homework, you should have an idea what type of problems you're having trouble with. Look for things in common: are they all word problems, all calculation errors, all errors with negative numbers?
- Practice the type of problem you're having trouble with. This could include asking your teacher for more practice, using the Tools & Resources page for online practice, or re-doing homework problems from scratch.
Test Taking Tips
- When you get the exam, do a survey of the whole thing. How many questions are there? How should you budget your time? Do what's easiest for you first! You'll know you have something right and get a boost of confidence. Remember, you don't have to do the test in order.
- Stuck? Spending a lot of time? Move on! Don't spend too much time on any one problem. Circle it and come back. You might find some time away helps. Use what's in the exam to help you. The answer to a problem may show up somewhere else.
- Check your work. Does your answer make sense? Can someone else follow your work? Only change answers if you've misread or misunderstood the question. Show all of your work!