How Do I Study Math Effectively?
This document is meant to give you some tips and tricks for how to study math effectively. There will be too many things on here for you to do all of it; we encourage you to try some of these techniques and see what works for you. Everyone’s brain works differently, and so while most of these study techniques have been drawn from psychological research on how to learn and remember things, each of you will find that certain things work better than others.
What Should I Study?
Before we even get to the how part of studying and learning, you first have to decide what to study. The good news: you can use your class structure! Look through class notes, homework problems, and discussion problems. Look at the corresponding textbook chapter(s). While you are doing this, you will find some things that are uncomfortable or make you hope they aren’t on the exam. These topics are a great starting point. Remember: your instructor has made conscious choices about what material to cover in lecture and put on homework, and exams are meant to measure how well you’ve learned the course material.
How to Study.
The following techniques are in no particular order. We tried to include what each technique is, why it works, and how to apply it to math. Note that these techniques come from the book Make It Stick, by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel. We encourage you to read if you get the chance; doing so will help you become a better, more efficient learner all around.