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    MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Allow me to share the way I use my textbooks to learn/review math outside a classroom environnent.

    Keep in mind the following information:

    1. I do not have enough time to answer every question at the end of each chapter. I work 40 plus overnight hours per week.
    2. As you already know, most textbooks only have the answers to odd number questions.

    My Method:

    1. I do not miss a chapter or skip ideas.
    2. I select 15 questions per section.
    3. I must answer 12/15 questions correctly or else I do not proceed to the next section.
    4. I take the end of each chapter test. I must answer more questions right than wrong to pass the test. Otherwise, I retake the chapter test.

    If you have a more efficient/effective way to learn/study math using textbooks, please share your method and/or ideas. Thank you.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    Allow me to share the way I use my textbooks to learn/review math outside a classroom environnent.

    Keep in mind the following information:

    1. I do not have enough time to answer every question at the end of each chapter. I work 40 plus overnight hours per week.
    2. As you already know, most textbooks only have the answers to odd number questions.

    My Method:

    1. I do not miss a chapter or skip ideas.
    2. I select 15 questions per section.
    3. I must answer 12/15 questions correctly or else I do not proceed to the next section.
    4. I take the end of each chapter test. I must answer more questions right than wrong to pass the test. Otherwise, I retake the chapter test.

    If you have a more efficient/effective way to learn/study math using textbooks, please share your method and/or ideas. Thank you.
    LOOK at EVERY problem. If it looks easy, skip it.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by TKHunny View Post
    LOOK at EVERY problem. If it looks easy, skip it.
    Every problem? This is what I'll do. I will do most even number questions. As you know, textbooks do not have even number answers in the back of the book. The reason, at least within CUNY (as I recall), is the fact that even number questions are solved during class time. Odd number questions are typically assigned as homework exercises. I will solve MOST (NOT ALL) questions per section. Questions I get stuck with will be posted here (with my work shown, of course).
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    Every problem? This is what I'll do. I will do most even number questions. As you know, textbooks do not have even number answers in the back of the book. The reason, at least within CUNY (as I recall), is the fact that even number questions are solved during class time. Odd number questions are typically assigned as homework exercises. I will solve MOST (NOT ALL) questions per section. Questions I get stuck with will be posted here (with my work shown, of course).
    I would also forget about the answers in the back. They were done by humans. There are errors. This is why you might want to do more problems in the beginning of each section. You may build confidence. Learn to write clearly and to be thorough. There are also choices in those answer sections - someone DECIDED how the answer should appear. Don't waste a single moment trying to get your answer to look like the answer in the back. Get the right answer and move on.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    Questions I get stuck with will be posted here (with my work shown, of course).
    Yes, please post actual problem statements with you work. This is likely to be MUCH more useful than vaporous philosophy questions.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by TKHunny View Post
    Yes, please post actual problem statements with you work. This is likely to be MUCH more useful than vaporous philosophy questions.
    Have you not seen my questions posted in the last couple of months? All math-related material.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    Have you not seen my questions posted in the last couple of months? All math-related material.
    "math related" does not an "actual problem statement" make.
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by harpazo View Post
    The reason, at least within CUNY (as I recall), is the fact that even number questions are solved during class time.
    What is CUNY?
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    Re: MHF: Best Way To Use Math Textbooks

    Quote Originally Posted by Monoxdifly View Post
    What is CUNY?
    CUNY = City University of New York
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