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On August 21 I am planning to perform a major update to the site. I can't give a specific time in which the update will happen other than probably sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Central Time, USA). There is a very small chance that a prior commitment will interfere with this and if so the update will be rescheduled for a later date.

I have spent the better part of the last year or so rebuilding the site from the ground up and the result should (hopefully) lead to quicker load times for the pages and for a better experience on mobile platforms. For the most part the update should be seamless for you with a couple of potential exceptions. I have tried to set things up so that there should be next to no down time on the site. However, if you are the site right as the update happens there is a small possibility that you will get a "server not found" type of error for a few seconds before the new site starts being served. In addition, the first couple of pages will take some time to load as the site comes online. Page load time should decrease significantly once things get up and running however.

August 7, 2018

How To Study Math
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Learn From Your Errors

This is probably one of the more important sections here and also one of the most over looked.  Learning from your mistakes can only help you.


  • Review Homework.  When you get your homework back review it looking for errors that you made.
  • Review Exams.  Do the same thing with exams.
  • Understand the Error.  When you find an error in your homework or exams try to understand what the error is and just what you did wrong.  Look for something about the error that you can remember to help you to avoid making it again.
  • Get Help.  If you can find the error and/or don’t understand why it was an error then get help.  Ask the instructor, your tutor, or a classmate who got the problem correct.
  • Rushed Errors.  If you find yourself continually making silly arithmetic or notational errors then slow down when you are working the problems.  Most of these types of errors happen because students get in a hurry and don’t pay attention to what they are doing.
  • Repeated Errors.  If you find yourself continually making errors on one particular type of problem then you probably don’t have a really good grasp of the concept behind that type of problem.  Go back and find more examples and really try to understand just what you are doing wrong or don’t understand.
  • Keep a List of Errors.  Put errors that you keep making in a “list of errors”.  With each error write down the correct method/solution.  Review the list after you complete a problem and see if you’ve made any of your “common” errors.
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