Brooks Martin

Bozeman, MT, United States

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Brooks Martin
Posted almost 4 years ago
What is the best way to learn algebra, math, precalculus, calculus.... ?
There is no one "best way" to learn anything. "Best" depends on your goal, and your personal learning style. To figure out your style, think back to something you learned enjoyably. You will need to figure out just what made that particular learning experience fun and effective. Then, apply those factors to your present learning endeavor. I find, for instance, that I have more fun learning something that has an immediate personal use; for math, think of a story problem that includes scenarios you face. Perhaps visualization of a problem is easier for you than staring at an equation. In that case, learning how to draw the problem will be helpful; pay increased attention to diagrams, graphs, and illustrations in your text book. Calculus is very geometric, so increasing your visualization skills should help. If passing a test in your school requires memorization, then repeated practice, that is to say repetition, will prove effective. Do the alternate set of problems (eg. do the evens if homework was odds). If you don't have an alternate set, the repeat the homework problems to really nail them down. Physically writing the solutions again will help retention better than just scanning your returned homework. If the test questions are likely to be different from your homework questions, which was my schooling experience, then practice will not help since it won't teach you to think outside the homework box. In that case, ask your teacher what he/she thinks will help increase your ability in that direction. Hopefully the teacher will suggest some relevant, outside-the-box practice problems. If he won't help (and I've had teachers like that), then you need to seek advice elsewhere: former students, other members of the faculty, professionals outside school.