Strategy To Help You Pass Calculus

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Calculus is not an easy subject for most people. It is usually a required subject for anyone who wants to obtain a degree – which means that they need to understand at least the basics so that they are able to pass the course. The questions is how? All you need are a few basic strategy rules.

1. You MUST make sure to attend every class and pay attention to your teacher. This isn’t government or history where you can doze off during class and just catch up later during homework. It requires a lot of thought and if you are not a natural then you will get lost easily by not paying attention. Remember to take notes and talk to your teacher if you do not understand a concept so that they are better able to explain it.

2. Do all the homework assignments. Spend at least two hours on homework assignments and be sure you know how to solve each problem. Practice doing the types of problem with which you have difficulties.

3. Memorize definitions, formulas and theorems that you learn in class. These are necessary for homework, exams and quizzes. Avoid waiting until before the exam to memorize them.

4. You will find it much easier to work on such a difficult subject if you were in a group. Find a study group or form one for this subject. Your group can do homework together and study for all of the exams.

5. Get immediate tutoring help if you have any difficulty with a topic in calculus. Go see the instructor, teaching assistant or a tutor and resolve this issue. Use study guides, online tutorials and solution manuals if these are helpful.

6. Prepare for exams by outlining the material you need to know for the exam. Start preparing at least five days before the exam to ensure you have adequate time to study. Make sure you know the definitions, equations and topics very well. Review the assigned homework and textbook exercises and go over any topic with which you have trouble.

7. Manage your time effectively on the day of the test. Read all the problems carefully and do the easy ones first. Avoid wasting too much time on difficult problems. Come back to these and try to do them; avoid leaving them blank as you may get partial credit for doing part of the problem right. Remember to check your answers if you have time.