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Take the Math Study Skills Inventory

Grab a sheet of paper and rate your achievement on the statements below using the following scale:

  • 3 for almost always
  • 2 for sometimes
  • 1 for almost never
  • 0 If you have never even thought about doing what the statement says.

Selecting a math class

  1. I schedule my math class at a time when I am mentally sharp.
  2. When I register for a math class, I choose the best instructor for me.
  3. If I have a choice, I select a math class that meets three or four days a week instead of one or two.
  4. I schedule the next math class as soon as possible after I have completed the current course.
  5. I am sure that I have signed up for the correct level math course.

Time and place for studying math

  1. I study math every day.
  2. I try to get my math homework immediately after math class.
  3. I have a specific time to study math.
  4. I have a specific place with few distractions to study math.
  5. I get my math homework in the lab where I can get help.
  6. I am careful to keep up to date with math homework.
  7. I study math at least 8 to 10 hours a week.

Study strategies for math class

  1. I read my textbook before I come to class.
  2. If I have trouble understanding the text, I find an alternate text.
  3. I take notes in math class.
  4. I am careful to copy all the steps of math problems in my notes.
  5. I ask questions when I am confused.
  6. I go to the instructor or lab when I am confused.
  7. I try to determine exactly when I got confused and exactly what confused me.
  8. I review my notes and text before beginning homework.
  9. I work problems until I understand them, not just until I get the right answer for homework.
  10. I use flashcards for formulas and vocabulary.
  11. I develop memory techniques to remember math concepts.

Math tests

  1. I preview the test before I begin.
  2. Before I begin the test, I make notes on things such as formulas that I might need.
  3. I begin with the easy questions first.
  4. I take the full amount of time allotted for the test.
  5. I carefully check or rework as many problems that I have time to before I turn in my test.
  6. When tests are returned, I keep a log of the types of mistakes I make on tests: concept errors, application errors, or careless errrors.
  7. I keep up-to-date so that I don't have to cram the night before a test.

Anxiety

  1. I believe that I can succeed in math class.
  2. I have study partners in my math class.
  3. I take practice tests.
  4. I know several good relaxation techniques.

Scoring:

Total the scores from all of the statements above.

If your score is 90 - 103, give yourself an A. You are using the study skill you need in order to be successful in math.

If your score is 80 - 89, give yourself a B. You are using good math study skills. Choose a few strategies to work on each day, and you are well on your way to an A.

If your score is 70 - 79, give yourself a C. Your study skills are average. If you want an A, choose one or two strategies in each category to work on until you are using most of the strategies described above.

If your score is below 70, you are probably having a difficult time in math class. Math may not be your trouble! More than likely, your main problem is the study strategies you are using (or not using). Make yourself do the things on the list above.