Formula for Success in Math

Formula for Success in Math

Natalee Lindo

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “how do I study for a math test?” Or “How do I prepare for a math test?” If you have then this is for you, here are my 5 tips on how you achieve those things.    

1. Start early

 Starting early is one of the most important tips I will be going over. Starting early is important because according to the American Psychological Association or the APA, “86% of high school students procrastinate.” It is crucial to stay away from the mind-frame of “I have a week or so to do it. I’ll do it later.”   

2. Do your homework 

 Doing your homework is essential to getting a good score on your math test because, in my opinion, math requires a lot of practice. The more you get used to the different formulas, equations, etc., the more you will be able to recall it when taking your test, especially if you are in a math class that requires a lot of memorization to succeed.  

3. Make a study plan 

Being organized with how and what you are specifically going to study can be very helpful towards getting a good grade on your math test. My advice is to to give yourself four days in advance to start studying for a test.  

4. Ask questions 

If you are having a challenging time understanding what is going on in class, or what this or that means or just trying to translate the gibberish, don’t be afraid to ask. If you are confused, there is a chance that at least one other person is too, and at least then you will not be confused anymore.  

5. Know your resources 

 I used to tell myself “You can’t even study for a math test” or ask, “How do you study for a math test?” As you get older and you become more independent, you realize that that sometimes the best way to persevere through something is to do it by yourself. After complaining for a while, I finally found the best way to use my resources. For example, I print off practice tests on the subjects I’m going to be tested on. I also go through and figure out what terms mean and how they apply to the subject. I review the notes given in class and go through the problems we did and analyze why what we did makes sense, and I memorize formulas and equations given.  

 Here is a practice regents test for geometry.