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Math Skills and Anxiety

  1. 1. Math Skills and Anxiety Managing Math Effectively
  2. 2. Math Study Skills <ul><li>Be actively involved in the learning process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take responsibility for studying. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend class every day and take complete notes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be an active participant in the classroom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions in class! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to office hours and ask questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice good study habits throughout the semester. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Math Study Skills <ul><li>Understand that studying for math is different from other subjects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math is learned by doing problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each math class builds on the previous lesson so keep up. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each math class builds on the previous lesson so you are always reviewing previous material. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Math Study Skills <ul><li>Study Time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A general rule is to study at least 2 hours for every hour spent in class, for a math class this will likely be more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take as much time as you need to do all homework. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form a study group and meet once or twice a week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The more challenging the material, the more time should be spent on it. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Note Taking Tips for Math <ul><li>Write down the title of the lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Write down the math problem and each step in the solution using math symbols. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down a question mark next to anything you don’t understand. </li></ul><ul><li>Before starting the homework highlight the titles you have written in your notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Do all homework problems. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Problem Solving <ul><li>Tips on problem solving: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply Polya’s four-step process: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the problem. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Devise a plan. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carry out a plan. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look back. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Some problem-solving strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use one or more variables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for a pattern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw a picture or diagram </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solve an equation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use reasoning </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Problem Solving <ul><li>Solving applied word problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert the problem into mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solve the math problem that you have generated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert the answer of your math problem back into words </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Studying for a Math Test <ul><li>Good study habits throughout the semester make it easier come test time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the homework when it is assigned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While completing homework, make a lists of formulas and techniques to use on the test. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your Instructor questions as they arise instead of waiting until the day before or of the test. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Studying for a Math Test <ul><li>Studying for a test: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start by going over each section by reviewing notes and working the problems to be sure that you can still remember how to do them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put yourself in a test-like situation by working the review problems at the end of chapters. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start studying early. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get lots of sleep the night before the test. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Taking a Math Test <ul><li>When taking the test: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look over the entire test. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the problems in the order that suits you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work as quickly and continuously as you can. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show all of your work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never waste time erasing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In a multiple-step problem outline the steps before working the problem. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the questions carefully and do all parts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verify your answers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you finish early check every problem. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Getting Math Assistance <ul><li>The time to get assistance in math is NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>You should get it as soon as you need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t wait until test time to get help. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember Tutoring is free and you can also utilize the Math Lab. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Math Anxiety <ul><li>Do you have math anxiety? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete the self test. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check your score. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Math Anxiety <ul><li>Symptoms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyperventilation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding your breath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweating profusely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paranoia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feelings of guilt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nausea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocking out </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Math Anxiety <ul><li>The real sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative classroom experiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure or ridicule from family or classmates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor math attitude. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient preparation. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Math Anxiety <ul><li>Tips to reduce anxiety: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the text, take good notes, do the problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admit that you need assistance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get assistance! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcome negative self talk. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study in a conducive learning environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your learning style - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete the Questionnaire to find your learning style and tips. </li></ul></ul></ul>
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