Skill #1: You need to know your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts by heart! Yes, you’ll have a calculator at your fingertips, but it should be used as backup for your brain. The time you waste trying to do some basic computations is just that – time wasted.
Skill #2: Memorize some basic formulas – you’ll find that you may need them in the future. Some formulas to commit to memory are:
Area of square or rectangle: A = l • w, where l = length and w = width
Perimeter: the sum of all the sides of a given figure
Skill #3: Take notes! You need to know how to take notes in class, as well as supplement them with notes from the text. It is up to you to make sure that you have all of the information that you will need to complete the homework assignments correctly and perform well on tests and quizzes. You are the only one responsible for the grades that you earn!
Skill #4: Ask for help if you need it! Don’t let your pride get in the way of your education. If you don’t understand something, ask to have it explained again. See the instructor during office hours. Go to the Learning Center. Do everything you can to get the best grade that you can get!