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Struggling in Your Undergraduate Math Course? There Are Ways to Get Help

Math is one of those classes you will have to take, it’s inevitable. No matter what you’re majoring in, you’ll have to take one or two math courses, for example, Algebra, Statistics, and life applicable math classes that teach you about mortgages, credit cards, and managing money. And whether you like it or not, math skills are applicable to almost anything you do. Here is some help if you are struggling in your math classes and need to pass.

Visit the tutoring center

Nearly every college and university will have some sort of tutoring center where students can get help from other students for nearly any class. Math tutors can help you with beginner to advanced level math courses as they have typically taken the class before. These services are offered for free to college students and should be utilized when you are struggling in any class, or just need some extra help solving a problem.

Get extra help from your professor

Your professor will be more than willing to help you during their office hours with assignments and problems you are struggling with. Be sure to set up an appointment with them before you show up to their office as they may be helping other students.

Hire a tutor

You can also hire a tutor who is knowledgeable in the subject you are taking if you have the means to do so. Tutors can cost anywhere from $10-$15 and all the way up to $75, so you’ll want to exhaust your other options before you resort to hiring a private tutor. However, private tutors will help you in your own home and have good experience so they can offer insight where the tutoring center may not.

Ask your classmates to form a study group

One of the best things to do is to form a study group with your other classmates. Schedule to meet with your classmates as many times as you all need to understand the course work, and work together to solve problems. Having study sessions before big tests or final exams are also a great way to ensure you get a good grade. Plus, this can be a great way to meet and become friends with your cohorts.

Look online for math resources

There are a vast amount of free resources online to help you with understanding complex math problems. Check out guides on YouTube, the Khan Academy, and other educational sites that offer video walkthroughs and activities to improve your math skills.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

The last thing to keep in mind if you are struggling in math is that it takes a whole lot of practice to finally understand. Keep doing problems even if you are struggling, consult with your textbook for solutions, and do extra problems from your book than you have been assigned as homework. For a lot of people, math isn’t easy, but that’s OK. Keep at it and you’ll get it eventually. Once you do, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment with the new knowledge and math skills you’ve gained.

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