the less than adequate math student’s guide to not failing

Don’t even @ me, if none of these work. I probably failed too.

I’m kidding, totally kidding*

It’s that time of the year, and as always I’m late with a post that should’ve gone up earlier but had to be rewritten because I accidentally deleted it and forgot about completely but hey, it’s here now.

*I’m being deadly serious

These tips aren’t anything special, and I have no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard them before but you’re here, still reading, which means whatever *insert person’s name here* told you was a lie and you’ve come to me to save you.

Which is probably the worst thing you could do considering my math grades have been filled with D’s since the third grade.

Are you still reading?

Wow, you either have tons of faith in me or are just using this time to procrastinate. But I’ve wasted enough of your time so here you go, 3 things that might just save you:


Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against teachers. I think they’re wonderful people and my English teachers give me good grades I don’t deserve but some of them lack what all my English teachers so far have had: the ability to get me to understand whatever irrelevant topic they’re teaching

Which is where Youtube comes in. And it won’t just solve your issues with math, it’ll save you in a bunch of other areas too.

Fall asleep during class and have homework assigned to you which you don’t understand? Youtube. Looking for more ways to procrastinate? Youtube. Trying to figure out how to achieve Cara Delevigne’s eyebrows? Youtube.

Just type in the topic and thank me later.


This is for all you angels who did the bare minimum throughout the entirety of 2018, somehow passed and are now in a predicament because you know your lack of work is coming back to bite you.

Use the time you have during the holidays! Now I’m not saying everyday because NOBODY (me) cares enough about a grade to do that BUT taking some time away from your busy schedule mainly consisting of watching Gossip Girl reruns won’t hurt you.

I basically buy my textbooks in advance and then start learning the topics beforehand, not in a bunch of detail but enough so that I’m able to understand what’s going on.

This saves me from looking like an idiot on the first day because I’m able to understand more than just the first 5 minutes of the lesson.

Make Detailed Notes

Math is about all about practice but practice won’t save you 10 minutes before your final math exam when you realise you don’t know nearly as much as you thought you did. But the notes you made next to the million math problems you forced yourself to do will. Make them basic. Make them easy to understand, we’re talking 5 year old child understandable.

Just make sure you have them.

breaking bad help GIF

And that’s it. You don’t have to by me flowers or anything, besides, I prefer cake but I would like a shoutout in your valedictorian speech.

But if this advice doesn’t in fact save you, remember math is stupid,you’re incredible and you don’t need math or a grade to prove your worth.


13 thoughts on “the less than adequate math student’s guide to not failing

  1. This post came right in time!! I have my math exam tomorrow and man I’m hopeless. I think making notes is actually soooooo helpful— damn it saved me countless times 😩


  2. I’m a maths student at university and I’ve used all these techniques, YouTube videos are an absolute lifesaver and making the most simple step by step notes are amazing!! Great post 💕

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  3. i consider myself blessed to not currently be in any math class. Math is 100% my least favorite subject and the one that I struggle in the most. This is a wonderful post! thank you for sharing your tips and tricks! ✨

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  4. More than once, I explained to a student how to improve on his/her math work (4th-8th grade). I said, first, read what the book explains, then listen to my explanations and demonstrations, asking question when they occur. However, at your desk, you must look at the math problem as from a distance: seeing the parts of the problem, then attempting to make sense of them. A lot of students are in what I call their “language brain.” It’s fluid. the mind is on the move. But it doesn’t stop to watch, ponder, and understand. However, when working math problems, it’s best to stop, watch and listen, look at the parts of the problem (having listened in class), and try to understand. This way, with time, this gets easier. Now, if a child finds another way to get the right answers, I’m all for it, but they’re probably already doing what I’m encouraging without realizing it. For some students, what I’m encouraging is hard because they’re so used to instant answers, thinking in flow, and not stopping to consider. Also, electronics, internet, gaming, have all worked together to reduce attention span and real consideration. To many such students, I encourage their parents to have their children take part in chores that take time: raking leaves, mowing the laws, helping to clean the house, making a cake together, and so forth. The mind needs time to calm down, not go on warpath of emotions and thinking without reasoning, and working with the hands which has the effect of bringing things to reality. The other day, I needed to work on two cars, and everything took over several hours. I loved it. That and exercise gets one out of the head and experiencing things with consequences if I don’t do it right. In the mind, there can be no consequences. But to do math, unless one is in their math brain, the consequences are wrong answers.

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      • Hey, Chips, I hope this works for you. It’s not for everyone, but if it’s different from what has been experienced in the past, can feel “off” and even give a headache at first. Most of use just flow through the day, thinking without reflection, believing what we believe without reasoning, emotionally. Say you’re looking at a car, a snazzy new beamer. Now look at it again, as if it’s just a machine with parts, then consider what those parts are and where they belong. That’s the math brain. Good luck:-)

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