Because math often builds upon itself, it is important to make sure you understand the material from each unit before moving on to the next. This means you can’t just forget all of the material you learned after the test is over. The material you learn in each unit will be essential to progressing through a math course and moving on to future courses. It is important to go over each test/assessment to solidify the content covered.
After each assessment, make sure you do the following things:
The number of formulas in math can sometimes be overwhelming. How do you remember when to use each formula and what the variables in each formula mean?
A useful strategy to help you remember formulas is to write them down in one place. Whenever you encounter a new formula, add it to your list. You can then use this formula sheet as a quick reference guide when solving problems or studying for a test. View an example of a formula sheet below.
When you add a formula to your list, you want to make sure you write down all necessary information. Use the WIN method to remember what you have to write down.
Write down the formulas.
Identify the variables.
When preparing for a test, you want to make sure you are familiar with all of the key concepts covered in the applicable chapters or units. A summary sheet is a set of notes summarizing a unit or chapter. It is a good tool to help you review the important information.
To create and use a summary sheet:
See an example of a summary in the ebook Pre-Algebra 2e - open in a new window.