Dealing With College Algebra Homework: Tips And Tricks

Algebra comes easier to some than others. I always struggled with it. Whether you're a master on the subject or math just isn't your best subject, you could always use some tips to help you along.

  • First, get rid of any distractions. Music usually sets me to the task, but it might be distracting to you. This means no texting - in fact, tuck your phone into a drawer or under your pillow until your work is finished. If you have a TV within your vicinity, you should resist the temptation to turn it on for background noise. It doesn't help.
  • Skip the questions that confuse you. If you're stuck, move on to a question you know you can do. After you've finished all the easy problems, you can go back to the harder ones and give them another try. If you still have trouble, bring your homework back to your teacher and have them explain it to you. This brings me to my next tip.
  • Ask for help. Your teacher will not say no. If you couldn't do a problem because you didn't understand it, your teacher will understand. School is about learning, and your teachers are there to help you learn!
  • If you're going over a test, write down the solutions to the answers you got wrong. By learning the right way to do the problem, you can keep that information when the same or similar problem appears in your next assignment.
  • Study. I know you've heard the before, and you'll hear it again. Studying never hurt anyone. It's the best way to ensure success. Even if - like me - math isn't your strong suit, and you don't think studying will help, it can. It might not seem like it, but studying is the best way to review and practice things you need to work on.
  • If you get overwhelmed, take a break. If you come back with a clear head, you might just think of the solution to your problem. There's no sense in getting frustrated. Take a breather and come back to the work when you know you can handle it.
  • If you need to, find a tutor. Whether it's a teacher, friend, classmate or someone else, there's no shame in getting the help you need. They might be able to explain what you don't understand better than your teacher can.