Accompanying the fact that most American students don't do enough mathematics homework, is the fact that they don't develop very good mathematics study skills in high school either. This often leads to a "rude awakening" when the recent high school graduate takes her or his first college mathematics course. Some of these students seem to feel that since they graduated from high school by attending class but not really learning the material, that the same techniques will work in college mathematics courses too. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case, and many students fail or withdraw from their first college mathematics course. Don't let this happen to you!

If this is your first college mathematics course, then be sure to read the next section. If you are having difficulty learning the material in this course, or think that you might have difficulty, then be sure to also read problems learning mathematics in addition to all of the remaining sections below.