Math is difficult. Learning to play an instrument is difficult. Winning a race is difficult. Building quality furniture is difficult. But there is one key that usually works to increase proficiency and success: work harder!
For Math working harder can take several forms: reread, rewrite, review and understand class notes after each new lecture, work more problems than those assigned, make an effort to spend time in the tutor center or form a study group on a regular basis, check the internet (Google, YouTube) to reinforce understanding, read and work textbook examples to duplicate class lesson, memorize steps and formulas.
Another thing to consider is to look at how and when studying occurs. Is the TV on? Is the student texting and emailing while also trying to concentrate? Is it quite and "learning focused" or is an iPod/iPad and Xbox distracting the learner? In a nut shell: Turn Off the Distractions and Turn On the Learning!
There is no Magic Wand to increase Math skills, but there is something we can all do whenever we want to get better at something.... GET FOCUSED AND WORK HARDER!
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