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How to Study Mathematics

One issue I often encounter with students I tutor is that beyond particular misunderstandings of certain areas of mathematics, students often do not know how to effectively study and or communicate their work in written form. This is especially true for for exams – often the major component of one’s final grade in college and university courses. I was extremely fortunate to read How to Study Mathematics: Effective Study Strategies for College and University Studies (affiliate link) by Peter Schiavone my first semester of university. In the book, Schiavone shares the most effective study strategies he’s encountered for college and university level students. I highly recommend this book if you plan on taking any university or college level mathematics courses as it will help you Ace Your Math Class! :)

Quick Math Tips from The Math Dude

If you have yet to come across The Math Dude (Jason Marshall), I highly recommend checking out his Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast. The about page on the QuickAndDirtyTips website says it all – Jason provides:

“clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic person looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you’re getting ready to take the SATs or GREs, or if you’re going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, the Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier will strengthen your fundamental skills, help you better understand the language of math, and succeed when it comes to taking a test. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.”

Even if you’re strong at math, the podcast is worth listening to for his mental mathematics tips – a skill most people, even mathematics majors, have never been properly taught.

QUESTION: What is your favorite mathematical podcast or audio program and why? Please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.