As the 2023 fall semester gets underway, we thought you might like some tips on how to succeed in a variety of different classes. This week, Andrea Hyde provides some advice for math students, much of which applies to all students. Here is what she had to say:
Practice, practice, practice! Math is a skill that takes time to develop. Redoing the problems from the lecture or textbook gives you a chance to develop your skills while still having a reference in case you need a reminder.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and get feedback. It is better to try and then learn something from your mistakes, than not to try and then not learn at all.
Coming to class is essential. While most instructors don’t take attendance, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to be there. There are lots of points made in lecture that never get written down and it is much easier to tell what’s important if you are there in person.
Come to office hours and ask questions. You aren’t interrupting, that’s what office hours are for!