Study in short, 50-minute sessions, then give yourself a brain break. This will help the information get into your long-term memory bank (look up Pomodoro method and use their timers)
If you hire a tutor, reverse the tutor/student role. Try to teach the tutor what you know. You'll figure out very quickly where you are struggling
Khan Academy has great lessons for Math and it's free.
Download Math Apps on your phone that you can use to quiz yourself. These will help with number sense.
math requires abstractive thinking as you need to establish the logic in your mind. Depending on which part of math you have difficult with, there can be different solutions. One thing I would recommend is practice. Surely certain level of memorization is need for equation, etc. However, practice can help you establish behavior memory. For example, a machine learning regularization is very hard just by looking at the equation. Practice in real world issue using the regularization will help you remember every step on the way.
I can relate. Math was something I was required to take in school but I never really "got it" or enjoyed the classes. Went thru algebra, trig, calculus and even took advanced calculus in college but it was difficult taking classes I didn't like. Then after I graduated college and got into a masters program in business, I had to take a statistics class (which involves math). Wasn't looking forward to it but ended up loving the class & doing well in it! The difference was having a teacher who could explain apply the "math problems" in a real world way. =)
How can you find that special teacher? It might be a friend or classmate who is really good at math. It might be another teacher... ask your friends if they have a good math teacher they've taken classes from. Or it might be someone online.... Heard so many things about Khan Academy. (Wish that was around when I was in school.) Or an app on a tablet/phone. (There's an app I downloaded on my iphone called Photomath. You take a picture of math problem and it gives you the answer & shows you how to solve the problem. You could use it to check your work & learn.)
Asking people for help (which I never did when I was taking math classes) is the first step. And once you master a class you feel you are not good at, you can challenge yourself to learn more things!
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Having a clear and open mind will work wonders with math. I agree with changing your mentality about it be to hard. Give it all you got!! Good Luck
1. Make sure you prepare a schedule for studying Maths everyday.
2.Stick to your schedule.
3.Prepare a list of topics
4.Categorize according to difficulty
5.Solve more problems from the difficult topics compared to the easier ones.
6. Follow these religiously.
Once you understand the concept, make sure you practice the problems. Start with the easy ones and gradually move towards solving the more difficult ones.
Khan academy has a great website to improve math skills. It even has videos!
Even if it scare you at first try to go for it, it may make you feel irritated if your are not able to solve it at once but you can surely solve it the second time.
Wish you success :)