Mathematics is different from other subjects! The study skills which work well for you in history or English courses may not work well at all for mathematics courses. Here are some specific guidelines for studying and learning mathematics.
   Mathematics is a skill that can only be learned and mastered by doing it yourself with lots and lots of practice. There is no other way.
   Mathematics is a discipline that requires regular, consistent, day-to-day study.
   Studying mathematics is not easy; it requires time and conscious effort. It is often a demanding, challenging task.
   You need a study schedule that allows you time to learn everything you need to know. Study daily. Never let your work pile up until the weekend.
   Reading a mathematics textbook takes more time and effort than many other types of books. Make sure you are understanding what you are reading. Nearly everything in the text is important.
   Do the reading and assignments on a regular basis. Read all assigned sections before the class in which they are discussed.
   When you study, you should be thinking and reacting to the material in front of you. Work through each example in the textbook with paper and pencil.
   Do as many problems as it takes for you to know what you are doing. Become really skilled in each concept.

One of your activities this semester will be to take the Winning at Math Study Skills Inventory, by Paul Nolting.  I will show you how to save your results on this 25-item questionnaire so that you can reveiw each item and read important suggestions on how to improve your personal study skills.