How to Study for a Math Test
If you want to score good marks in mathematics, you must study the subject regularly. There are different ways to learn math. Some students benefit by working out plenty of practice questions. Other students prefer to listen to math lectures again and again to master a topic. You can follow these tips to become adept in math and do well in the tests.
1. Get photocopies of math problems: Your math book may provide sample problems for solving, but it may not give a sufficient number of similar math problems that can help you comprehend a procedure. You can get a photocopy of some good sample problems. Then work out the math problems again and again. When you solve a problem repeatedly, you can understand the procedure more clearly.
2. Buy second-hand textbooks and study guides: Sometimes, the explanation given in your book may not be sufficiently clear, and it may be tough to understand the concept. If you have another book in which there is an explanation for a similar problem, you can understand the concepts more clearly and also find some more sample problems for practice. You can buy used textbooks at low prices from some book stores that sell second-hand books.
3. Study actively: You can draw diagrams or pictures and make stories related to a problem. If you have an aptitude for learning by hearing, record the definition of a term or process, and repeatedly listen to it. If you are a visual learner or kinesthetic learner, read about the learning tips that may be suitable for you.
4. Read actively: Stick note flags on the things you need to remember in the chapter or those you would like to ask your teacher. If there are some sample problems that you have solved and would like to work out similar problems, mark them with flags and ask your teacher for more.
It is a good idea to look at the problems at the end of the chapter first and then read the chapter. You will get a rough idea of what you have to look for while reading the chapter.
5. Make flashcards to learn terms: It is helpful for visual learners as well as kinesthetic learners.
6. Take breaks: Whenever you get stuck while solving a problem, leave it for some time and go for a walk or do something else. You will be able to tackle it better when you do it after a break.
7. Review your notes before the class begins: Look at what you studied in the previous math class. See if any concepts are not clear. You can ask your teacher about them.
8. Record lectures: If it is allowed, you can record your teacher’s classroom lectures so that you do not miss out on even a small step involved in solving problems. It is useful for auditory learners.
9. Go through the old tests: If you take a look at the old test papers, you can guess the questions present in the math test. They give you an insight into the teacher’s thinking pattern.
10. Practice neatness: You can avoid making mistakes in the calculation by writing the numbers neatly and clearly.