How To Excel In Math Even If You Suck

With a new semester comes a whole new set of homework struggles, and for a lot of us that means one thing: major math woes. It’s not uncommon to have trouble in math, which really sucks because it’s something that we all have to do. How can we get through these classes with your GPAs still intact, even if we kind of suck? Here’s our go-to guide:

Go to office hours to get some help.

The number one thing you have got to do is visit your teacher or professor in office hours. Your professor is the only person who truly knows what you’re going to need to understand to be successful in math, and is therefore most equipped to help you prepare for an exam or help you get through a concept you find tricky.

If you feel a little nervous going straight to your professor, try asking a peer who’s really good at math for some help or head over to the student tutoring center. It’s awesome to have a peer help you because she can relate to you on a student-to-student level and has been in your place before. Your classmates are in a great position to explain to you how they got through this tricky subject, too.

Practice, practice, practice.

You are what you do, and if you want to be successful in math, you’ve got to practice it. Doing different problems that help you understand the steps that you need to know, and helps you see where you might sometimes go wrong.

If you suck at math, it’s easy to just say, “I’m bad at this, and there’s no use in trying,” but if you keep on practicing, you’ll be able to get through your class with flying colors.

Compare it to something you do like.

If you love shopping, think about math as a way to figure out how much money you’re saving on a sale. If you love science, think about how you use math to figure out the molarity of a solution. By putting what you’re learning in context, you can see the value in math. This also puts the concepts in terms that you’re familiar with, and helps you sort through the different steps.

Be realistic.

Listen, not everyone is going to be good at every subject in school – that’s just a fact of life. If you’re not good at math, you’re good at something else. While we know there are always math requirements in high school and college, you also need to remember to be realistic. After finishing your math prerequisites, you need to be realistic about what you’re going to accomplish next. Hate math and struggle through every step of it? Then maybe you should back off of taking AP Calculus. There are so many better ways to to play to your strengths so you can be the best you that you can be.