Math at a university level can be intimidating at first, especially if you aren’t prepared for the many different topics and levels you’ll be introduced to throughout your studies. Any BSc degree, even if it does not include a major in math, involves intense math courses, so it is important to be ready and know what to expect. College students often find themselves believing that math is only for “smart” students, and not for them, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone can learn to be good at math, and while it may be easier for some than it is for others, that does not mean that you’ll never be able to learn, understand, and even ace every single exam. Below, you’ll find a few tips to help you prepare, both mentally and technically, for the materials you’ll be learning using the many resources available to you online.
Make a List of Math-Related Websites
The good news is, you’re not alone. There are literally millions of students around the world that need a little bit of help with algebra, calculus, linear functions, integrals, and other math topics in college. Why is that a good thing? Because that means that the demand is high for math resources and help online, and you can rest assured there are a lot of resources available to you.
- Start by making a list of every single course you’ll be taking this upcoming semester, and every topic you’ll learn in each course. You should be able to find this on the university’s website, or you’ve received this from the university when you signed up to the courses. If you can’t find it, call and ask for this information. This will help you with your research, and will prepare you mentally for what’s up ahead.
- Go through your full list of topics, one by one, and search for relevant online resources. For example, if your first topic is Linear Algebra, look for “linear algebra introduction”, “linear algebra tutorials”, “learn linear algebra”, etc.
- Check every resource before saving to make sure it has quality content, and save a list of blogs, websites, and YouTube channels for later.
Keep repeating the top steps on every topic on your list until you have a full resource database for your first semester ready for when you need it. We recommend at least going through the introductions to the first topic of each course before your courses start, and keep moving on to the next topic throughout the courses before the professor introduces them. If you don’t have time for that, you can at least rest easy that you’ve got a very good list of resources if you get stuck and need a little bit of help on certain topics.
Get Help from Online Forums
Online forums and groups on social media are great places to get to know other students and ask questions when you need help studying for an exam or solving a problem in a homework assignment. Make a list of forums, Reddit subreddits, and groups on Facebook. Join the ones that seem active and have a lot of members so that you can get fast responses when you need it. It’s important to join now and not wait for the last minute, because many groups require approval before you can post. Keep in mind that Reddit also has a few limitations for new users when it comes to how frequently you can comment and post. Remember to always read the rules of each group and forum before posting to avoid getting kicked out. Don’t look for groups and forums for each topic, but rather for students that are studying the same thing you are.
Hire an Online Math Tutor
Another great online resource is a tutor. An online tutor is much cheaper and easier to find that traditional tutors, and you can connect to one at any time from your laptop. This is great for regular lessons after class, or just emergencies when you need help on homework assignments or studying for exams.