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Develop an effective and time-efficient homework/study strategy for, not
only your calculus class, but other classes as well. This will help you become a
more confident, successful, and well-rounded student. It will lead to a
healthier balance between work time and leisure time .
Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment. This affords
you extra time to work on challenging homework problems and helps you
organize your thoughts, questions, and ideas. The more time you spend on
homework, the more likely you are to articulate clear, concise questions to
your classmates and teachers. The more time you spend on homework, the less
time you will spend on frantic, last-minute preparation for exams .
Definitions, formulas, and theorems that are introduced in class or needed to
complete homework assignments should be memorized immediately.
Postponing this until it's needed for the exam will impede your work speed on
homework assignments and interfere with clearer and deeper understanding of
calculus .
Spend time working on calculus every day. Doing some calculus every day
makes you more familiar with concepts, definitions, and theorems. This
familiarity will make calculus get easier and easier one day at a time .
Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom
you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams. Your classmates are
perhaps the least used and arguably your best resource. An efficient and
effective study group will streamline homework and study time, reduce the
need for attendance at office hours, and greatly improve your written and
spoken communication. The best time to use your classmates as
study/homework partners is after you have made an honest effort on your own
to solve the problems using your own wits, knowledge, and experience. When
you encounter an unsolvable problem, don't give up too soon on it. Being
stumped is an opportunity for mathematical growth and insight, even if you
never solve the problem on your own. If you seek help prematurely, you will
never know if you could have solved a tough problem without outside
assistance .
Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.
Outlining the topics, definitions, theorems, equations, etc. that you need to
know for the exam will help you focus on those areas where you are least
prepared. Preparing early for the exam will build your self-confidence and
reduce anxiety on the day of the exam. It's also an insurance policy against
time lost to illness, unexpected family visits, and last-minute assignments in
other classes. Generally speaking, pulling all-nighters and doing last-minute
cramming for exams is a recipe for eventual academic disaster .
Prepare for exams by working on new problems. Good sources for these
problems are unassigned problems from your textbook, review exercises and
practice exams at the end of each chapter, old hour exams, or old final exams.
Studying exclusively from those problems which you have already been
assigned and worked on may not be effective exam preparation. Problems for
each topic generally in the same section of the book, so know how to do a
problem because you know what section of the book it is in could give you a
false sense of security. Working on new randomly mixed problems more
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