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Student Success Tips for Math

Take math courses early in your program of study. It is best to take your math courses early in your academic career and in consecutive semesters. Many students wait until the semester before graduation to consider taking mathematics only to find that they need more coursework than they thought. Don't put off taking mathematics! By taking your math classes without a break, you'll help ensure that you retain what you've learned. Additionally, the math skills you gain will help you as you progress through your courses in other subjects. Seek advice from an advisor early in your program to discuss which mathematics courses are right for you.

Keep a positive attitude. Mathematics is not a barrier that keeps you from your goals but a means to move you forward. To take minimal mathematics is to shut the door on many exciting career opportunities. In our increasingly technological society, quantitative skills are critical. The study of mathematics is becoming more and more important for all citizens.

When taking mathematics, be an active learner. Successful mathematics students exhibit a certain set of behaviors. Mathematics is a subject that builds on previous concepts. It is important to come to all classes, do all homework the day it is assigned, read the textbook, study for exams and quizzes, and seek help as soon as something is unclear. One learns mathematics by doing mathematics!

If you experience difficulties, seek help from your instructor. If you are struggling with a topic, ask your instructor for help as soon as possible.

Visit the Math Center for extra help. The Math Center is located in the Learning Resource Center (library) on the Grayslake campus, in the Testing Center at the Lakeshore Campus (Waukegan) and in the Learning Assistance Center at the Southlake Campus (Vernon Hills). The Math Center provides free tutoring by trained professionals as well as by fellow students. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis. Visit the Math Center website.