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MTH 111 Study Skill Quiz #2

by: Katherine Murdock

MTH 111 Study Skill Quiz #2 MTH 111

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Math 111: College Algebra
Katy Williams
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katherine Murdock on Wednesday September 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MTH 111 at Oregon State University taught by Katy Williams in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Math 111: College Algebra in Mathematics at Oregon State University.

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Date Created: 09/28/16
MTH 111 (Study Skills #2) Homework – Why? – your brain is like a muscle – studying and doing homework literally builds “connections” in your brain – brain strength comes from connections your brain builds when you study or practice – These connections are necessary for your brain’s ability to perform what you want it todo (such as solving equations – your brain learns by doing! – WATCHING someone solve math problems trains your brain to get really good at WATCHING someone solve math problems – If YOU actively solve mat problems yourself, YOU grow connections for solving math problems – Practice makes your connections more awesome – When you practice: – your connections become stronger (and thus information passes through them more easily – your connections become faster – makes brain work faster – your brain becomes more efficient and more capable of processing MORE NEW information – Your short term memory is very short! – if you learn something new and do it only once or twice, the connection that is created is very weak and can disappear within hours – within 20 minutes, you remember only 60% – within 24 hours, you remember only 30% – but, if you practice within 24 hours then practice again later, you remember 80% – this is why instructors stress the importance of doing your homework – How? – go slow to go fast - homework takes time – patience – allow your brain the time it requires to learn – before you start, review your notes so you can get an effective start on the homework instead of having to reteach yourself everything – remember to use your notes as a resource – Take breaks – your brain needs breaks – study for 15 minutes then take a 5-10 minute break – this about breaks as your reward for working hard – Attitude – with intention on learning, you are not just jumping through a hoop – take a thoughtful approach to your homework and remember that you are learning – your not doing homework for points or to jump through a hoop but to learn the materials so as to be successful on your exams – Timing – start your homework: preferably within 24 hours - absolutely before your next class meeting – the new material in the next class will be based on topics your instructor has assumed you’ve mastered from the previously assigned homework – Groups – potentially in a group - having to explain a concept to someone else solidifies understanding – some students do well in study groups – just be certain that you are understanding the material – it can be more beneficial to your homework alone – first then meet with the group to solidify concepts or to get help on things you don't understand – having to explain a concept to someone else helps with understanding – Solution Manual – check your solutions by using the back of the book and don't – do your homework with the solutions manual open in front of you – you need to know if you're doing things correctly – you don't want to rely on the solutions manual as a crutch – a good idea is to work through your problems using the back of the book to check your work – if you get a problem wrong try to figure out why on your own before going straight to the manual this may seem obvious but you'd be surprised – Mistakes – making a mistake on homework is a good thing – you get to fix it – learn from it – it lets you not make it on an exam the way – you'll truly learn from it is by figuring out your mistake for yourself – if you do make a mistake figure out why – then work a similar problem to ensure you won't make that mistake again – don't do your homework: – in front of the TV – with the computer open and so on – you need to mimic a test environment – provide your brain with a distraction free environment in order to intake information – studying without distraction will increase your performance on exams – Don’t Cheat – we often see students copying out of the solutions manual – this gets you really good at copying solutions out of the solutions manual – but not any better at thinking problem-solving in doing math – the solutions manual is a last resort and – it may do things in ways that your instructor did not show you and can thus confuse you – remember you do not want to do your homework with the solutions manual open in front of you – you'll end up relying on it too much – you won't train your brain to be able to think for itself – Essential for exams – do not wait until last minute to do homework – you'll feel rushed stressed and you won't be learning – your brain needs time to process information – plus leading up to an exam you will need to be studying old already learned material not learning new material – Getting Help – if you get stuck doing your homework don't get frustrated – remain calm and remember you're learning – getting stuck is part of the learning process – instead review your notes – try to find a similar example that might help with a problem you're stuck on – feel free to move on to the next problem – they don't always get harder – go find your instructor and office hours to get help – that's what offices are for – get help from a tutor a friend or family member – try taking a break – move around – you may be surprised by what a quick walk around the building can do for your brain – when you get back you may be able to magically answer the question – just remember you're responsible for your own learning – the awesome news says you can do this


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