How to study for a Math quiz or test Studying for a math quiz or test is different from studying for
other subjects - reading and seeing correct Math work does not mean that you can tell the difference between problem types or that you will be able to do it yourself. Here are some ways that can help you organize the knowledge that you have hopefully gained and make it easily accessible when you need it on the quiz or test:
1. Pay attention in class, work the classwork problems, reflect on your understanding, ask questions, and think about the main idea of the lesson. 2. Complete homework assignments when they are assigned, check your answers, try to fix the ones that are wrong, and ask questions about problems that you got wrong and can’t fix on your own. 3. Correct homework assignments that didn’t get full credit. 4. Complete any review assignments. Do them in one sitting in a test-like environment (quiet, no interruptions, try to finish in a certain amount of time, do it with whatever resources will be available on the assessment), then correct, and review your mistakes. Take it again if you can. Try to take it after some time has elapsed after studying/reviewing. 5. Identify problem areas and get help or extra practice on them (on your own, with peers, or with me). 6. Make a list of the main topics/ideas in the material that is going to be assessed. For each main idea, write down an example problem (or a few) for which you have the solution (so you can check) and try to solve it correctly. Places to find practice problems: a. Class notes b. Textbook examples in each lesson c. “More Practice” section of the textbook d. Homework assignments e. Other assessments we’ve already taken on this topic f. http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?keyword=MA7+HWH elp g. http://dragonometry.net/algebra/algebra_holt_quizzes.php 7. Find problems that you got wrong (homework, classwork, or past assessments) and do them again. 8. Make flashcards: one side has a problem type, the other side has the first step to solve the problem (the first step is usually the hardest to identify). 9. Create and take your own practice test. 10. Study with a group of peers - think wisely about who should be in this group and how to structure your time together. Explaining things to someone else is one of the best ways to internalize that knowledge.