How to complete math homework assignments: A handful of creative ideas

So your friend got a B-plus for math again and saw fit to make fun of your hard-earned C-minus. Solution? Time to get a new friend! On the other hand, getting even is way more satisfying than getting mad. All you need is some motivation to spur you on (he’s annoying smile will do), and the right tools to help you succeed.

  • Stop rushing through your math homework
  • Forget about how good everyone else is at math and just focus on wrapping your own mind around it. Taking your time will actually save you time in the long run. Perhaps the reason you struggle with math is because you never give your brain enough time to understand a concept before you take on a new one. Backtrack to the very basics if you have to, but be sure you understand everything before even trying to take on a new type of equation.

  • Watching and doing
  • Are you that clever student who learns about math from free internet videos? Well done! You’ve successfully learned how to watch YouTube videos of people doing math. The fact is, if you don’t actually practice what you watch, you will never get better at math—no matter how many videos you watch on the subject.

  • Keep a formula chart
  • Every problem has a designated solution formula. For every solution you learn in class, write it down in a dedicated notebook. You can’t expect to use your textbook as a reference. Doing it yourself will be easier to refer to because you understand things the way you understand them. Understand?

  • Make mistakes
  • Doing something wrong is the best way to remember not to make the same mistake in future. Go blind and solve that problem the way you would if no one was around to help you. Now look at your scribbled disaster and dedicate yourself to fixing it with all the resources you have. You’ll never make a mess like that again, will you?

  • Categorize your problems
  • Since every problem has a solution, divide your problem types into categories. Work on one problem within each respective category at a time. Make sure you keep switching between problem types so that your brain gets used to handling any problem at any point. This will also prepare you for exam time when problems are presented without the guidelines on how to solve them.