Take notes in class. Write down everything you can. As soon as possible after class, rewrite your notes. Fill in details and make corrections. Make a note of examples and exercises in the text that are similar to examples in your notes. If your instructor takes the time to work and example in class, it is a good bet that your instructor expects you to understand the concepts involved.
Note how the exercise are keyed to the examples. This serves two purposes. If you have missed the class and are studying on your own, you should study an example and then immediately try to work the corresponding exercises. If you have seen an explanation in class, then you can start the exercises and refer back to the examples as necessary.
When you get a test back, do not simply file it in your note book or waste basket. While the material is fresh in your mind, rework all problems that you missed. Ask questions about anything that you don’t understand and save your test for future reference.
Ask questions in the class. If you don’t ask questions, then the instructor might believe that you have total understanding. Asking question not only helps you to learn, but it keeps the classroom more lively and interesting.
Get to class early so that you are relaxed and ready to go when class starts. Collect your thoughts and get your questions ready. If your instructor arrives early, you might be able to get your questions answered before class. Take responsibility for your education. For many come to learn but not all learn.
If you need help do not hesitate to get it. Math has a way of building upon the past. What you learn today will be used tomorrow, and what you learn tomorrow will be used the day after. If you don’t straighten out problems immediately, then you can get hopelessly lost. If you are having trouble, see your instructor to find out what help is available.
The key to success is desire and discipline. You must wan success and you must discipline your self to do what it takes to get success. Set your goals, make plans, and schedule your time. Before you know it, you will have the discipline that is necessary for success.
Read the material in the text before it is discussed in class, even if you do not totally understand it. The classroom discussion will be the second time you have seen the material and it ill be easier to question points that you do not understand.
If you don’t know how to get started on the exercises, go back to the examples. Cover the solution in the text with a piece of paper and see if you can solve the example. After you have mastered the examples, then try the exercises again.