This page provides resources for students enrolled in Calculus 1, 2, or 3 (MAT 221, 222, 223).
Read the book! Doing your work for the next class begins with reading the portion of the text that was covered in the previous class, especially the examples. This is expected, it is not optional! The likelihood of getting an A in the course without reading the text is zero. Only after reading the text should you attempt doing the exercises.
Do all assigned exercises. If you have difficulty with an exercise, leave it temporarily and continue with the rest. Later go back and work on the exercises that gave you trouble. Resist looking at the answer in the back of the book before doing an exercise. Use the answer as a check after doing the exercise. In addition, outstanding students will try extra exercises.
Do trig mentally. As you read the text and do exercises get in the habit of evaluating trig functions for special angles mentally. Do not rely on a calculator since you will not be permitted to use a calculator on exams. You need the practice. Otherwise you will be too slow when taking the exam. Your calculus text and more advanced mathematics books assume that you are able to evaluate trig functions mentally. You are encouraged, however, to use calculators for your daily work to check approximate answers to homework exercises and for graphing functions.
Form a study group. A few students study best alone. Others can study more effectively by interacting with a group of fellow students. Pick a regular time to meet. Help each other understand the material. If you understand a topic well enough to teach it to others, then you really know it. Work together on difficult exercises. Study together for exams. Quiz each other to see if you know the material.
Get help if you need it. Don't fall behind or it will just get worse. If you are having difficulty, see a math tutor at the Student Success Center, or see your professor. Whatever you do, do not delay. If you fail to understand the current topic, you will not understand the next topics.
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