How many times has it happened to you? You’re in a math class, trying to keep pace with the teacher’s lesson, when you realize that you’ve lost your train of thought. You’ve forgotten what you were doing, and can’t remember how to proceed. Sound familiar? This is a common scenario for students in any math class, particularly classes that are difficult or that were taken a long time ago. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. Keep your cool, ask a friend for help, and use the tips in this article to get back on track.

### Be Prepared to Learn

Don’t you just hate it when you are unprepared to learn?  Often times students fail to achieve the results they want because they are not ready to learn. So then they get frustrated, and they stop caring.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn from the mistakes of others.  There are a lot of things very similar to math that you’ve probably been successful at.

If you fail a math test, it’s easy to blame your teacher, the material, or even your classmates. But, as any good teacher will tell you, you’re the one responsible for your grades. The good news? You have control over your grades, and you can improve them—if you really want to.

### Learn the Basics

If you want to improve your math grades, you have to start by identifying your particular weak spots. If you’re like most students, you’ll struggle with some concepts, and will find others more intuitive. Once you’ve identified your weaknesses, and figured out where you need to improve, you can start to develop a plan of attack. The key here is to not just memorize math problems, but to understand how and why math problems work. When you truly understand a concept, it will make more sense, and will be easier to remember.

### Improve Your Understanding of Math

If you are taking math classes at school, chances are you will be considered to be ‘flunking’ your math classes if you do not understand the material. So, how can you improve your understanding of math? The first thing you can do is to learn how to approach math problems in a way that will allow you to figure them out more quickly. Then, you can do a few things to improve your understanding of math, such as taking notes and asking your teacher for help when you get stuck on a problem.

### Spend extra time practicing additional Math Problems

What teachers and parents need to realize is that math is not a set of facts, it is a process.  To get good at math, students need to practice solving problems and they need to practice at home. So, if you have a child who is struggling in math, encourage the child to do more problems, ask him/her to explain how he/she solved the problems, and then have offer the opportunity to explain the problems to you. The more she practices the better she will get.

All too often, students don’t prep enough for their math class. If you want to get the highest grade possible, you need to study before class and then spend extra time practicing additional math problems after class. The reason for this is that the math questions on tests are not the same as the ones you’ve seen in class.

### Enjoy the Learning Process

Many students dislike math because they don’t understand the purpose of all the work they have to do to excel at math. Math can be a very difficult subject for students, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Success in math doesn’t require you to be a math genius. Following the steps in this article will help you develop the skills to be able to get through your math class with the least amount of stress.

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