Class Survival Tips

Math and science classes can more challenging to learn than other subjects. The reward for putting in the effort to really understand them, however, can be truly significant. Math and science not only help you understand the world we live in, they give you really powerful tools solve problems, evaluate information, and make better decisions.

If your classes has you worried, don’t panic. Here are a few tips to help you succeed:

Ask Questions.

When you are feeling unsure about a problem, ask your math teacher or your peers for help. Don’t be ashamed! You might be asking the same question other students in your class are afraid to ask.

The ability to ask questions when you need help is an important skill that will help you be more successful at anything you want to excel at.

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Math is like a sport, you need to practice if you want to play well — even if you’re really talented. The more practice problems you solve, the easier it is to recognize patterns and the more confident you will be when it’s time to take a test.

A hand holding a pencil working on math problems

Form Study Groups.

Study groups involve meeting regularly with a group of people to study the same subject at regular times. In a study group, you can review notes and problems to fill gaps in understanding.

Study groups can help keep you motivated and give you a comfortable place to go to when you need help understanding a topic. You also can improve your own understanding by helping others when they need it.

Study groups are a great resource for passing difficult classes, but choose your companions carefully. Don’t slow yourself down by studying with people who are really not interested in learning the material.

Take Advantage of Afterschool Tutoring.

Don’t be ashamed of asking for extra help. Finding a resource like a tutor only means you know how to get the help you need when you need it.

Knowing how to find help when you need it is an important life skill that will pay-off in any career.

Stay Positive.

Math, like any subject, requires some work. If it doesn’t come easy for you, don’t give up. A discouraging grade doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. It just means that you might have to work a little harder, practice a little more, and maybe find some help.

A good attitude will help you through hard times. You may find that what once gave you trouble becomes something you can be really proud of.

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