Many students and parents ask for pointers and techniques to best learn Math. Here is my top-10 list which applies to any level of Math.
1) If you don’t understand something, focus on that topic before moving on to the next topic. It sounds simple, but it is absolutely essential. Lets say a student is learning Algebra, for example. Further, lets say he or she is having a hard time understanding how to add and subtract negative and positive numbers. All of us struggle with this in the beginning as it is a sticky point for most students.
2) Work example problems and check your answers to gain practice with every lesson. The entire premise of the DVD series is to “learn by example” and it is quite simply the easiest way to learn Math. After watching the section on the DVD and reading the section in your textbook, begin working examples from the end of the chapter. Make sure to work the problems that have answers in the back of the book, and check every one. Always begin with the easiest problem in your book, even if you think it will be too “easy” to solve.
3) When beginning to work a Math problem, do not “map out a path from problem-to-answer” in your head before writing anything down. I see this almost every day. It is very common when someone looks at a Math problem that they try to “figure it out” in their head before writing anything down. Take Algebra for example. When a beginning student looks at an equation, he or she will be tempted to solve the equation in their head and not write anything down. Students are tempted to do this most often with Word Problems.
by Jason Gibson, who is the founder of MathTutorDVD.com