How to ACTUALLY study for Math: Tips to get an A+
For the longest time, math has been my complete enemy. Since I was 5 years old, English was always my stronger subject and I hated everything to do with numbers. As I grew up, my test scores were really low, which used to get me so mad considering I could get A’s in other subjects without even trying. Math was the one black spot, but I was too unmotivated to do anything about it.
Now, I’m got an A+ average in the subject and can safely say that I enjoy doing math. What changed? First, I guess, was my motivation to succeed, but secondly, was I found out how to actually study for it, because you can’t write pages of notes for it like in Biology or something.
I’m sharing my method because I want to help anyone out there whose really struggling with math!
Step 1: Do all the exercises your teacher gives you
If your teacher gives you questions to do, you DO them. Don’t be lazy, just get them done because they cover everything that’s going to be on the test and help you strengthen your understanding. I like to purposefully leave doing them till two weeks before the Exam, because then I’m working all the way up to the test so my brain can instantly make connections and I don’t forget things.
Step 2: Correct your questions
If they have answers at the back of the book, check your answers and see what you got right. It’ll tell you what to study for and what to ask teachers when you come back to school.
Step 3: Group Study
Everyone has different opinions of group study, but I think that for Math, it’s actually helpful. Even if you only have one good hour of studying, you have that hour to learn how to do any questions you don’t know. For best results, agree to do a certain amount of work before, so you’re both on the same page.
Step 4: Go over all your answers and make “cheat sheets.”
Where I’m from, we’re allowed to bring cheat sheets into our maths tests, but even if you’re not allowed, this is a really good way to condense all your information and understanding. Start by writing any formulas that you use. Try not to look at other books while doing this, because it shows if you remember. Once the formulas are done, write out example questions for each chapter. I like to pick a basic question that was covered in a textbook example, a few questions that were repeated a lot during the exercise but with different numbers, and any questions I didn’t understand. Do that with all the chapters you need to study.
Step 4: Make up your own Practice Questions
This is really important. Write out your own math questions, ranging from easy to hard. If you’re finding it difficult, ask your teacher to make them up or get your friends or older siblings to help you. There’s also the internet, where you can type up what topic you’re doing and get some worksheets that might be what you’re doing in class. This is crucial because it makes sure you just don’t know the information because you’ve unknowingly memorised it, but because you’ve actually learned it.
So those are my steps to becoming an A+ student. It might not work for some of you, but for others it’ll definitely help their grades. Let me know if you’d like pictures of my math book, because formatting and neatness really helped in the motivation department.