LSU College of Science
LSU  | Mathematics

Tips for Success

  1. Daily Schedule.  Use the Daily Schedule as a guide throughout the semester. Plan your visits to the LSU Math Lab each week. Be sure to plan for study time above the minimum required lab time either in or out of the lab. Look at due dates for homework and quizzes as well as test dates. Plan ahead so that you will have time to learn the material, complete your work, and prepare for tests and the Final Exam.
  1. Class.  Always go to class. Refer to your Daily Schedule, and prepare for each class meeting by reading the etext for the sections to be covered using the Class Notes as a guide.  Be sure to bring a functional writing instrument and the appropriate Class Notes in your math binder/notebook to class to complete.  Always have the correct calculator in class, turn off and store your phone, and be mentally prepared to focus on math for the duration of the class period. Actively participate in class by taking notes, asking questions, and listening carefully. After class, review your completed Class Notes before starting the homework.
  1. LSU Math Lab.  Always complete at least the minimum required lab hours each week. See the right hand column of your Daily Schedule for dates and required hours.  Spend your lab time wisely. Focus on mastering the material, not counting minutes. Take advantage of the tutors in the LSU Math Lab. They are trained specifically to help you with your course material, and they are free. Be prepared for lab—have your math binder/notebook with paper to work the exercises, have the correct calculator, have a functional writing instrument, turn off and store your phone, and be mentally prepared to focus on math while you are in the lab.
  1. CalculatorAlways use your approved calculator any time you are doing math. It is extremely important to practice using only the calculator you will use on a test or the Final Exam.
  1. LSU Videos and etext.  Watch the LSU Videos and read the etext for sections that do not seem clear after a class meeting or at any time during the semester.
  1. Homework.  Start your homework soon after going to class. Do not wait until the day the homework is due.  Working some every day on your math work is better than trying to do it all on one day. Work your homework neatly in your math binder/notebook so that you can refer back to your work. Label the date/time, section number, and exercise numbers.  If you need help to get a homework exercise correct, then click Similar Exercise and rework the exercise until you can get it correct without help of any kind. The exercises on quizzes and tests come from the homework, so being able to solve each exercise on your own is essential.  Allow yourself time to master the material and earn a score of 100% before the due date.  After the due date, you can access a copy of each graded homework assignment, labeled Practice Homework Section xx, in MML to use for extra practice and review.
  1. QuizzesAfter you have completed all of the homework assignments covered on a quiz, take the quiz.  Do not wait until the day the quiz is due.  Do your quiz neatly in your math binder/notebook.  Label the date/time, attempt number, and question numbers so that you can refer back to your work.  Make a note on questions where you needed help.  After submitting the quiz, review it in the MML gradebook.  Note the MML exercise ID numbers for questions you missed or needed help to solve (top left, above the exercise instructions).  Go to the Practice Homework for that section and practice the exercises you missed on the quiz as well as the ones where you needed help.  Tutors in the lab are able to review any questions on your quiz with you.  Work each quiz at least 4 times so that you see a wide variety of the pooled questions, repeating the above process.  Allow yourself time to take the quiz until you earn a score of 100% (or exhaust your ten attempts) before the due date.
  1. TestsAs a test nears, start taking the Practice Test.  Refer to your Daily Schedule to determine the specific sections covered.  Make sure that you have memorized any required formulas.  Plan to start early enough that you will have time to work the Practice Test until you can earn a good score without help. Do the Practice Test neatly in your math binder/notebook.  Label the date/time, attempt number, and question numbers so that you can refer back to your work.  Make a note on questions where you needed help.  After submitting the Practice Test, review it in the MML gradebook.  Note the exercise numbers for questions you missed or needed help to solve (top left above the exercise instructions).  Go to the Practice Homework for that section and practice the exercises you missed on the Practice Test as well as the ones where you needed help.  Tutors in the lab are able to review any questions on your Practice Test with you.  Take the Practice Test again, repeating the above process, until you can get a good score without help.  Take the proctored, access-restricted test at your scheduled time and location.  Review your completed test in the MML gradebook to see what you missed.  Use the Practice What You Missed homework to clear up any misunderstandings and build skills for the next test or the Final Exam.
  1. Final Exam.  Prepare for the cumulative Final Exam using the same process as for tests.  Be sure to start your preparation for the Final Exam far enough in advance of the Final Exam to give you adequate time to be successful.