Study Tips

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It's never too early – or too late – to develop good study habits. The sooner you get into a good study groove, the easier everything will be and the more your chances of getting good marks will improve. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of study.

  • Be focused. Even if you think you have already understood the subject, because in the middle of the explanation the teacher can always introduce new concepts.
  • Make questions. If you do not understand something, do not hesitate to ask, the teacher is there to explain. In addition all teachers like students who show interest in the subject.
  • Listen your classmates questions. It may well be that the doubts of your classmates are also your own doubts.
  • Ask your classmates. If you have not noticed a certain subject, you can always seek help from your classmates. Sure there will be some who will be happy to help you!
  • Take notes. Try to take note of everything the teacher puts on the board. Many teachers make their tests based on the exercises they solve in the classroom. If you miss a class, do not forget to ask the notes to a friend.
  • Study in a nice and quiet place. Your place of study should be comfortable, pleasant, airy and well lit. You can play background music (as long as it is soft and low), turn off your phone, the Internet and anything else that may distract you.
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  • Practice as much as you can. Mathematics is a discipline that can only be learned through practice. The more you work out the more confident you will be about your abilities. Do not just solve the exercises proposed by the teacher, look in your book for other exercises and try to solve them.
  • Do the homework. Try to do the assignments right after the lessons, while the subject is still fresh in your memory, it will be easier to remember the tips given by the teacher.
  • Write down the doubts. If during the homework, you did not understand a subject, take notes so you can ask the teacher in the next day.
  • Creates mnemonics. When you have difficulty memorizing a certain concept try to find a word, phrase or sign that contains enough information to remember what you want to memorize.
  • Try to teach a classmate. Whenever you are teaching a classmate, you are making revisions and this will help you remember the lesson when test day arrives.
  • Study in advance. To be good at math, it is not enough to study the day before the tests, it is necessary to start several days before and organize the studies.
  • Be organized. Keep all notes together in a single notebook or dossier. Dispersion only gets in the way! Observe how a certain exercise has been solved and then tries to make the resolution without looking at the notes.
  • Make a list of formulas. This type of organization allows you to find more easily what you need to solve the exercises.
  • Read the exam very carefully. If necessary read a second and a third time until you are sure that you have understood the exercise well and what is requested.
  • Make diagrams. Many exercises involving geometry are easier to solve if you try to sketch the problem. Make a plan, point out what you know and what you want to know.
  • Check your solution. At the end of the resolution evaluate the solution you have obtained and try to understand if the solution makes sense in the context of the presented problem.
  • Simplifies the problem. Sometimes, if a problem is hard to solve, it is easier if you try to think of similar problems but with smaller numbers. Tries to solve a less complex problem and from there find a method for the more complex one.
  • Resolves exams from previous years. If you can find a exam, from the same teacher from previous years, try to solve them. Most teachers do not change the questions in exams very much from one year to another.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Everyone make mistakes. It's important to see the error that has been made and avoid this type of mistake happens again.
  • Sleep tight. It is important to sleep well before the exams. Staying late studying the day before will not help and will only make your brain tired on the day of the exam.
  • Do not leave blank questions. Even if you can not solve the question, write down the formulas you find necessary to solve the problem. Try to show that you at least figured out what is being asked.
  • Control the clock. If you get "stuck" on a question, move on. Sometimes we remember some concepts when we are not thinking about them. You can always come back to this question at the end of the exam.
  • Relax. Try not to be nervous. Even if it's a important exam, it's not the end of the world if it does not go well!