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Math Skills and Anxiety

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