You Are Not Alone! Many people, including Math teachers and tutors, have Math Anxiety when confronted
with a new problem.
Ask Questions Some students are reluctant to ask questions in fear oflooking stupid. Asking questions
is a sign of strength and other students in the classroom will be glad that you asked
(because they have questions too!)
There is More than One Way to Solve a Problem Maybe the teacher's way will stump you. Do not give up. Work to understand the problem
your way. Remember, there is often more than one way to solve a Math problem.
Overcome Negative Self Talk Perhaps one of the most important ways that you can do better is simply by having
a positive attitude. Avoid negative self-talk. Set high expectations and rise to the
Read Your Math Text A good practice is to read the section your teacher is planning to teach before going
to the class.
Consider Math as a Foreign Language It must be practiced daily for success. Always do your homework. You are building
on a base of skills and concepts.
Develop Responsibilities for Your Success If you miss a class, be sure to get the class notes from a fellow student. Ifyou miss
something early on, it becomes more difficult to catch up.
Know the Basics Be sure to know your Math from earlier grades. Math builds on itself. You may have
to go back and relearn material. Remember, it is never too late!
Use Different Resources To clarify any Math confusion, you can refer to other Math texts, use flash cards,
journal, research the internet, create a study group and/or use available tutoring