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  1. #1 Improving Math Skills 
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    Hi, im pretty new to the forums. Anyways, I'm a grade 11 student (yeah I know pretty young) that is trying to get better at math. I'm sorta struggling a bit, and I'm wondering if there are any online sites that will make me a much better math student. I want to be able to get 90's throughout the semester. Is it a matter of just doing the homework, or what? Any tips would be really appreciated.

    Sorry if the question sounds stupid, ehhe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by medicine12
    Hi, im pretty new to the forums. Anyways, I'm a grade 11 student (yeah I know pretty young) that is trying to get better at math. I'm sorta struggling a bit, and I'm wondering if there are any online sites that will make me a much better math student. I want to be able to get 90's throughout the semester. Is it a matter of just doing the homework, or what? Any tips would be really appreciated.

    Sorry if the question sounds stupid, ehhe.
    It is a matter of doing mathematics, in your case this means the homework, with some thought about what you are doing and why you are doing iit. Mathematics is about the concepts and not just "finding the answer".


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    So to acquire 90s it's just a matter of doing the homework and understanding the key concepts? You think I should do extra homework, or just the assigned? Also, is there any way where I can prepare myself for Calculus in grade 12, over the summer? Do you think I should buy myself a math problem book, and work with it over the summer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by medicine12
    So to acquire 90s it's just a matter of doing the homework and understanding the key concepts? You think I should do extra homework, or just the assigned? Also, is there any way where I can prepare myself for Calculus in grade 12, over the summer? Do you think I should buy myself a math problem book, and work with it over the summer?
    There is some aptitude and intelligence involved. I cannot judge that in one post over the internet.

    As for calculus, if you can get some exposure at a university, that might help. I am not wild about high school calculus. There are some high school teachers who can handle it, but in my opinion they are a minority.
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    The biggest thing you can do is to be interested in the why, not just the what. A lot of schools just teach rote memorization, but if you can work out how things really work, that's a non-issue.
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    Here's a link to some free PDF downloads; http://<br /> <a href="http://facult...notes.html</a>. These books seem to go beyond calculating amounts and get into the conceptual idea's of math. I'm reading the basic one now, "Andragogic Propaedeutic Mathematics". It starts with some basic set theory and Venn diagrams. The PDF's themselves are fully index'ed and quite handsome. There are books that go through several levels of the calculus all the way to analysis and discrete math's.
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    Dr. Rocket: Thanks Dr. Rocket. I believe I have the intelligence to achieve 90s, just a little more effort.

    MagiMaster: I guess that's my biggest problem. I always wanted to just know the answer, and not really the concept behind it.

    GiantEvil: Thanks, a lot. I'll check them out.
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