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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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Studying for Exams

Here are some tips on studying for exams.


  • Start on Day One.  You should always be studying for the next exam.  Do a little each day, or at the very least start studying 2
     3 days before the exam.  Do NOT start studying the night before the exam.  Cramming, while a time honored college tradition, just doesn’t work as well as spending time each day studying, especially with a math class.
  • Get a Good Night's Sleep.  Get a good night's sleep the night before the exam.  It is important to be well rested and mentally sharp when you take the exam.
  • Make a List of Important Concepts/Formulas.  Review your notes and make a concise list of important concepts and formulas.  Make sure you know these formulas and more importantly how to use them!
  • Rework Homework Problems.  Do not just read over the homework problems.  Actually rework them.  Writing down the steps will help you to remember them.  Make sure that you try to do the problems without looking at the solutions.
  • Rework Book/Notes Examples.  Cover up the solutions to book or note examples and try to rework them.  When looking for problems from the book don’t forget that most books have a review section at the end of each chapter that usually contains more problems.
  • Look for Identifying Characteristics in Problems.  While doing your homework you knew which section it came out of.  This provided some clues as to the solution process.  During an exam you won’t have this to help you.  So, while reviewing your homework look for identifying characteristics that will give you clues on how to identify that kind of problem.
  • Take a Practice Exam.  Find some problems and treat them a practice test.  Give yourself a time limit and don’t use your notes or book.
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