Reading A Math Textbook

Decent Analysis
College Senior
Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

I only say decent because most should be somewhat obvious, but it was good reiteration. I think doing the examples given is the best way to start because writing and doing reinforces and helps the student grasp the learning process. Writing it while the steps are given will help the student see what's happening while having the connection to it as well.

raeding a math textbook
Jacob Hefner, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Cypress creek, Texas

It is a good that they tell you to just slow down and take your time, because it is not a race. Also take notes and to do practice along the way and that will help you in the end.

Kyla Jeschke, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Cypress Creek, Texas

I liked this review. Math books can be very difficult to understand. This article shows you how to read it without getting confused. It gives you study tips in order to make sure you have that section right, before you move on to the next section.

Very helpful
Spencer Hollingsworth
Canada College, Redwood City, CA

This study guide effectively points out the importance of keeping a steady pace, practicing often and to never skip a page in order to fully comprehend mathematics.

I especially agree with the 6th, 7th and 10th steps: writing as you read and then recording and saying out loud key points without reading the text, because there no better proof of understanding a math concept than to explain it to yourself and/or others.

Take your time
College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa, Florida

These tips are very helpful. When I was reading it I saw myself in this. I used to do the same things. Just skimming over things and starting with whatever part I got to. Now I take my time and ask questions when I do not understand. It really helped a lot!

Reading a math textbook
Dminique Jenkins, College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Clearwater, Florida

I believe if you concentrate on the math examples after carefully reading the problems, you can understand it more.You can even work the example problems over, so you can get the hang of it and feel a little more comfortable. Also, wrtting the problem as you read it will let you know you have your needed information.

Very helpful
College Freshman
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

I find this resource helpful because it is so true about studying for math. Right off the bat, the first point made is a key point in reading math text books. Students should not skim it, because he or she would not get anything out of it.

Another good point made was that math textbooks do not repeat themselves. Once the lesson is done, it will not show up as review in the next pages.

In statistics, I dealt with graphs and charts a lot so the fourth point is very helpful. Visualizing the lesson is the best way to remember how the concept works. One of my tutees, she did not know anything about cards and cards was the only material used throughout the lesson. She tried to understand it by just writing down how many suits, numbers, cards per suit, but she had no idea what they were. I knew the lesson before we started the session, and I brought cards just to expect the worst which is she would not know what cards were. What I noticed what with people having trouble with math is that they need to visualize the lesson for them to understand it.

Lastly, math takes practice. The more problems a student does, the better he or she gets. I would recommend this website to anyone having a hard time with math.

Extra Steps
Mariah Mier, College Freshman
Canada College, California

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

Reading A Math Textbook- Accurate
HS Junior
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

In my opinion all of the tips presented in the resource, Reading A Math Textbook, are accurate and important, although some may seem self evident or silly.

I am currently in a community college Calculus II class and my teacher has been telling us to do almost every step on this list for a while now. I have begun to experience the benefits of reading the textbook thoroughly, writing notes, creating flashcards, reading the material prior to class, using other resources and more.

I would add to the list that attempting the homework before class, if possible, as it is another way to see whether a person has truly understood the material. That way if the student does discover that they have trouble in an area, they can ask the professor in class. I think it is important that the resource mentioned using studying techniques based on a student's learning type. It is possible that a student who is struggling to learn in a math class may be having trouble due to using ineffective studying techniques for themselves, and not be having trouble with the subject itself. So far the resources on this website in the math section appear helpful and accurate. I would recommend them to anyone who is interested in improving their approach to a math class.

Textbooks are NOT Novels
Madeleine Bunn, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College , Mcminville, Oregon

The Tips on the website were very helpful. Often I find myself trying to read Textbooks like they are novel, when really I need to slow down and take notes otherwise all the information will not stay. The main difference that I have found and read is that textbooks are meant to be used for studying and learning.

To get the most out of your textbook reading you must go slow, take notes, and look and read how the book explains everything.

Reading a Math Textbook
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I like some of the advice I got from this article. For example, reading the chapter before class and afterward as well, even if it feels you know the material because it will help the information become stored in your long-term memory. This makes a lot of sense, as well as taking lots of notes and writing key points separately on note cards with the most important things to remember.

Very good tips were given on this page. I very much agreed with everything that I read. Also, I enjoyed the way that it was worded. It made me think of possibly something I've heard before, in a different way. Great job!

Textbook Reading is Different
HS Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Oregon

I never realized how different reading a textbook is from a regular book, especially a math textbook. This information is actually profoundly simple but very helpful at the same time.

Reading math text book
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

This is another site with a lot of great information on how to read a text book. It's unlike reading any other test book, due to the steps in math and there's no receptiveness to it, you really have to concentrate with no distractions to really read a math text book!


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