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Math Tip needed at the beginning of the semester

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Madeline Burnell says that “Making the most out of Math class was what I needed at the beginning of the term. The style of note taking would have been helpful to learn sooner. The structure of notes makes finding examples easy to find and better organized .

I will from now on use this style when taking notes for math and other similar classes.”

Madeline Burnell, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

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Student adds tips on how to read a Math Textbook

After reading the handout on how to read a Math Textbook http://cc.pima.edu/~carem/Mathtext.html I find the most important steps here to be 4, 5, and 8. Though most of these steps are are fairly self-evident, it is always a good reminder that it is important to slow down, pay attention to diagrams, and write a few things down. I would add a few extra tips:

  • There’s a very useful glossary at the end of every book.
  • Use the table of contents as a checklist of topics you’ve mastered.
  • Make a master list of all the formulas you need for each chapter and stick it in the book like a bookmark so you can glance over it every class (I cannot stress this enough)
  • If you really can’t stand books, look for an online video tutorial and make a Word document where you save your video links.

Mariah Mier, San Mateo County Community College, California