Math homework can be tough, no matter what level of math you are taking. From pre algebra to advanced calculus, it’s hard to get ahead of the curve and be completely comfortable with the math course that you are taking. Ironically, the next year you are usually able to do the previous year’s math rather easily. Either way, there are a few ways to make math easier for you.

If you are assigned homework in a math class, make sure you do it. Even if you don’t think the teacher will look at it or collect it during class, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. The purpose of homework is to learn how to do the problems by actually practicing them, so that when the test comes you will already know how to solve all of the problem types. I realized recently (I’m still a student) that doing homework in math class was actually more important than I thought. It’s really not just about getting the credit for doing the homework to add to your homework grade, but about learning the material and asking questions in class the next day if you don’t understand something. I realized several times when I was taking a test and didn’t understand something that after I checked my book to see what I was doing wrong that if I had done the homework I would have realized my mistakes before the test day and easily done better on the test.

Since homework is just practice, you don’t have to take it as seriously as tests. You don’t have to get every question right, just try to make sure you know how to handle every question. Know the formulas and how to apply them to different questions. I like to listen to music when I do any type of homework, and since I’ve been doing that for years I don’t think it negatively affects me. For me it helps me to not find an excuse to do something else, since I will be enjoying music while I suffer through the homework. If you want to listen to music while you do your math homework, try it out and see whether it helps, hurts, or has no positive or negative affect on you. But make sure you are not doing too many things while doing your homework. You don’t want to be on your phone and putting some of your best pomade into your hair at the time that you’re supposed to be doing homework.

Try to experiment and find out what works for you, but as a generalization, homework in math is very important and almost 100% necessary to get an A in the class unless you are a genius. If you don’t do homework, you will have to get almost every question right on your first time seeing the question type. Or you could spend 20 minutes doing the homework and drastically increase your confidence in test taking and your probability of getting the grade you want to. Because when you do your homework, you are practicing it once. Then when you correct it you are practicing twice. If you also study for the test that is practicing three times before even taking the test! Try it out.