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

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