Maybe math isn’t your strong suit, or maybe it’s your favorite subject in school. Either way, there are some strategies to help you succeed whether you’re the next Pythagoras, or just trying to stay afloat and make it to next year!

1. Do Your Homework!
We know, we know. You probably hear this one all the time! But there’s a reason teacher and parents alike frequently stress the importance of doing the homework. Set up a regular time and place so that homework time becomes second nature, and then make sure to do it all. If your teacher assigned a certain problem, it’s likely that the problem represents an important concept that you’ll need to master as you move on to the next level of difficulty. So do your homework – all of it!

2. Get To Class
It’s important to be present for every class, as much as you possibly can. Math classes can move fast, and missing even one day can make the difference between understanding a new concept and feeling left out and confused. If you miss, there’s a good chance you’ll need to put in extra effort to get yourself caught up and back on track. So be sure to get to class as often as you possibly can.

3. Find a Study Partner
Some concepts will come naturally to you and others won’t be learned as easily. But maybe you have a friend who is having a better time with one of the concepts that are giving you trouble, or vice versa. Find a study partner who can help you, and who you can help as well. If you understand something your partner is struggling with, try explaining it to them. Teaching a concept to someone else often helps solidify it in your memory. There’s strength in numbers, so tackling a difficult subject with a partner is often more successful than trying to take it on alone.

4. Ask Questions
If the teacher is moving too quickly, or if you can’t help but feel like you missed a step somewhere in the process, don’t be afraid to speak up. Again, things often move quickly in math, and sometimes steps take leaps, and people get lost along the way. Remember – if you have a question, there’s a good chance that someone else in your class has the same question, too. Never be afraid to ask.

5. Ask for Help
Finally, if you feel like you’re falling behind, or if all the homework problems start looking like a foreign language, ask your teacher if there’s a good time for you to stop by for help. That’s what your teacher is there for, after all. Their job is to help you understand and master the concepts you’re learning, and most teachers are more than happy to devote time after hours to help a student succeed. Your teacher does not want to see you fail! A few minutes of private help might make all the difference, and you’ll end up enjoying class a lot more once you understand what’s going on.

Math can be found all over the place in your everyday life, no matter who you are or what you do, so it’s important to learn the concepts that will follow you for years. Build a solid foundation in math by being a good student, and it will take you far.

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