Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tips for Taking Notes in Math Class

Taking notes in math is very different from taking notes in science or social studies. Because it has lots of equations and diagrams and few words, its difficult to understand the material once you get home. Here are a few tips on how to be a good math note taker:

Tip 1: What is the topic?
Write down the "title" of the lesson. If you don't know, ask the teacher.
Tip 2: Summarize the process:
Write down the math problem and each step in the solution using math symbols.
                    Listen to the teachers explanation and summarize
                    what he/she is saying
Next to each step write down "in your own words" exactly what you are doing.
Tip 3: Write down a "question mark" next to anything you don't understand.
Ask the teacher to explain the parts where you have written your "question marks". Don't just "let it go" thinking that you will figure it out later. Many times, it doesn't happen.
Tip 4: Overview:
When you get home, before you start your homework, "highlight in color" the titles you have written in your notes. The highlighted information will help to give you the "big picture" of what you are doing.
          Tip 5: Be organized
                    Keep your notes in a well maintained note book for MATH ONLY.
                    You should be able to find what you are looking for months later.
Tip 6: Dont fall behind!
Being absent or tardy will cause you to miss important notes and explanations.
You need to catch up asap.

(Source: TI website)

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