Advice From Previous Students

Last year  my MATH 231 students filled out a survey and offered suggestions for future students. Here are some of their best suggestions:

// Do the homework!

  • Definitely definitely put effort into the homework!! You may feel like you can coast by without it but you need so much practice.
  • Make sure you not only take notes for each section, but do each homework problem for mastery of that topic.
  • Really go through the problems in every section and make sure you fully understand them all.
  • Don’t blow off the fact homework isn’t graded; you need it to be successful.
  • Always stay on top of homework, especially at the end of the semester, even if you don’t want to.
  • Get ahead as early as possible so you have leeway if you do fall behind.
  • If you do your homework, you will feel beyond ready for each quiz. They are easier than the difficult homework problems but doing the difficult homework problems is what makes them feel easy. You can do it as long as you don’t give up.

// Study in groups and in the Science and Math Learning Center

  • Study a little bit every day, and go to the Science and Math Tutoring center. It will help a lot.
  • Get a study buddy and try rewriting things in a way you can understand it.
  • Practice with a group and don’t slack off on just doing the notes.
  • Go to math center even if you feel like you know everything and work in groups. Keep trying hard.

// Learn to guide your own learning

  • Study more than you think you need to.
  • Show up every single day for class — never skip.
  • Ask questions in class, write on the board!
  • It’s all on you whether or not you understand a section.
  • READ THROUGH THE SECTION FULLY – don’t just do the problems.
  • Ask questions when you need it. This class is insanely supportive and student-centered, more so than you will likely ever see again. Take advantage of that.
  • Learn how to teach yourself because I didn’t know how to teach myself and struggled a lot because of it.