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How to Do Math Homework Properly: 5 Things to Remember

Doing math homework doesn’t have to be frustrating. Think positive, believe you can do it, and follow these steps:

  1. START WITH THE BASICS
  2. Before starting to do your homework:

    • settle down in a quiet, comfortable area
    • gather all the materials you need, such as a compass, calculator, or protractor
    • read the assignment several times, consulting your textbook and lecture notes
    • have a healthy snack available so that you can munch on it while working, instead of leaving the area to get something to eat if you become hungry

  3. CREATE A STUDY GUIDE
  4. Create a study guide with all of the information about the types of problems you will be working on. The study guide should consist of:

    • key concepts, such as rules, equations, properties, and laws, and resources that you can refer to while completing the homework
    • phone numbers of students in your math class that you can call on to help you figure out how to do the problems. Do not depend on them to do the work for you, but use them as resources to brainstorm with.

  5. WRITE DOWN EACH STEP
  6. Write down each step you take to solve the problem. If you have to rework the problem, because you did it incorrectly, then it will be easy for you to review each step and find the mistake you made. You will benefit from knowing the reasons for all the steps, instead of memorizing how to do the problems. When you have the same kind of problems on a test, then you’ll be able to solve them easily.


  7. CONSULT MATH HELP WEBSITES
  8. When you get stuck on a problem and tried everything you know to find a solution to it, consult a math help website. Make sure that the websites are from educational sources, like the ones below, and not those that ask you to pay for answers. Don’t just look for answers. Look for instructions about how to do the problems yourself.

    • The math-help website answers math questions and provides suggestions about how to solve problems.
    • Webmath provides strategies that will increase your math skills.

  9. CHECK YOUR ANSWERS
  10. Check the answers by putting the answer back into the problem, or do the opposite function that is required to solve it.

    • Find the answers to odd or even-numbered problems that are usually in the back of the textbook.
    • Have your parent(s) or older sibling look over your homework.

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