Everybody knows that it's important to take good math notes, but do you really know how to take notes that really make a difference? The old rules may not work for modern students. For example, we've always heard that you should use a sharp pencil to take math notes. But these days it's much better to use a smart pen! Record your lecture as you take notes. You are likely to miss something, no matter how quickly you copy notes in class. You can review the teacher's words as you work through the class problems in case you record the lecture as you write. The best tool for recording math class is the Pluse Smartpen. This pen will enable you to tap on any note and hear the lecture that took place while you were writing it.  You may be able to use a recording feature on your laptop, iPad, or tablet in case you can't afford a smart pen. You can use a digital recorder in case these tools aren't accessible. Copy every single step of every problem, and in the margins of your notes, jot down anything the teacher says that may give additional clues to the process.

How to study math

Rewrite each problem or process at night as you study. Re-listen to the lecture. Ask for extra sample problems that are similar to the problems your teacher works through before you leave a class. In case you get stuck, try to work through the extra problems on your own-but seek online advance or from a tutoring center. Buy a used math textbook or two with more sample problems. Use these textbooks to supplement your lectures. It is possible that one book author will describe things in a more comprehensible manner than another. Because the order can affect your answer, sometimes in math, the order in which you do certain steps matters a lot! This very basic overview of order in algebra can help students understand why it is important to know about the order of certain operations. Does it matter which item you purchase first? Would it make any difference if you bought the mustard before the buns? No! There are times in math when order doesn’t matter. You can start in the back or in the middle and add those numbers in any order—but you come up with the same sum every time.  Think back to the hot dog example from above. Image now that you are ready to assemble your picnic items into a sandwich. What if you started with mustard? That wouldn’t work, would it? You have to start with the bun!  There is a very specific order in which you should work when algebra problems contain several steps or problems. For instance, first you solve the little problems inside the parentheses and brackets and then you work your way outward. You’re halfway through the battle once you learn the rules. Be sure to study the acronyms. Once you understand this concept, you’ll find algebra much easier to understand.