Some Suggestions for Reading a Calculus Text
Reading mathematics is an acquired skill. As the term goes on, you should
find that reading the text becomes easier and more rewarding.
Here are a few suggestions.
- Expect to spend nearly as much time reading as working homework.
You may not completely understand everything in the section, but
the class meetings will be much more meaningful and the homework will be much
easier for you if you have spent time with the reading.
- Expect to re-read. A calculus text is not light reading, so
you should expect that it will take several passes through a section
before you absorb the material. After we have discussed a section in
class, go back and re-read the section -- Many points will be much
- Be sure you understand the keywords. If you are unsure on some
of the terminology, use the index to find where a term is defined.
- Read with a pencil and paper in hand. You learn
mathematics by doing. When the text asks you to check the calculations and
graphs, Do it!
- Reflect on what you have read. Every so often, stop and think
about what you have read, how it fits in with past material, and where you
think it is going.
- Keep this list handy. Fold this piece of paper and use
it as a bookmark in your text. Re-read it every few weeks.
- If you feel the assignments are taking you too long,
please come see me. The point of the reading is to help you
learn calculus. If you feel that they have become an obstacle, then we should
address that issue.
Math 101 Home |
Math 104 Home |
Math 236 Home |
T. Ratliff's Home
Layout by Tommy Ratliff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts