Studying Math Successfully with Note Cards

Keeping note cards is a proven method to study math successfully.
As an incentive, I will offer up to 3 bonus points per exam for your set of note cards. Points will only be awarded the day of the exam. Please place a card on top with your full name, rubber-band them together, and place on the front table the day of the exam. Make sure you take these with you when you’re done.

1. Create a set of cards that you can refer back to for each exam and at the end of the semester to study for a comprehensive final.

2. Keep them simple, concise, and to-the-point.

3. Each card should only have one piece of information.

4. Work on these daily. Doing homework problems alone is not enough to study math.

5. QUIZ YOURSELF REGULARLY.

6. Use them as a warm-up before class.

7. Make sure your note cards are all-inclusive: formulas, definitions, concepts, procedures, tasks, and examples.

8. Write tasks and procedures IN WORDS so you get used to the instructions’ verbiage.

Examples:

What is the Point-Slope Form
of the Equation of a Line?

Front

Write the formula
on back

(Continues on back)
Know how to: Evaluate functions

f(x) =

Find f( -3 )

Find f( -2x)

Find f (x-2)

Front

Work out problem on back of card

How do you find a difference quotient?

Front

Write out the step-by-step procedure on back

Know how to: Analyze graphs

From a labeled graph: >>> draw a graph on the card

Find domain
Range
Intercepts
Minimums
Maximums
Intervals of x where the graph is increasing, decreasing, constant
Values of x where f(x) = -4
Find f(2)
Determine even/odd
Front

Work out problem on back of card

Good Luck!