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1 Outlining – One of the keys to making the material feel attainable is to make your own study guide.
2. Make your own test – Studies have shown that students in math often have the familiarity problem. They equate “this looks familiar” with “I can rock this problem” and then flounder on the actual exam. A quick fix? Make your own practice problems in the form of a short quiz a few days before your test. Write down one or two practice problems per concept addressed in your class a few days in advance of your assessment. Then, go back and try to do them before the test. This should help you identify whether you truly know the concept, or could use additional help before your test.
3. Understand study endurance – Don’t do math when you’re brain dead after a long day. Eat a snack. Take a break. Study in small chunks. Eventually, you will up your endurance and be able to study for longer and longer periods of time (trust us – you will need this endurance in college).
4. Study to really know it – You have two main goals when study for a math test: 1) You need to learn the material to do well on the test and 2) You need to know the material well enough to remember to do it for the final exam. This is why it isn’t good enough to slide by with a C. You need to conquer the material at an A or B level to even be able to survive later in the year.
5. Memorize – There are some things you need to memorize like your times tables and the quadratic formula. Flash cards help! Have all of your memorizing done two days before the test. Memorizing the night before doesn’t really work and can sometimes make you more nervous.
6. Organize--Download an organizational app such as Evernote or carry a planning calendar to prioritize and track what you need to accomplish. This will eliminate major stress in your life!