This is a guest blog post from jmhs.com
One of the best things about choosing to take an online geometry course is the freedom it affords you. That being said, geometry, online or otherwise, is a difficult subject and acing it won’t be as easy as just reading the material and taking the exams. The following tips will help guide you in your approach to an online geometry course and get you better prepared for those tests:
1. Budget your time
Acing a test starts with taking the right overall approach to a course. When you are given the freedom to study, practice, and review at your own pace, it is easy to procrastinate. Make sure you budget enough time to learn the material properly and that you’re not rushing into the next exam. James Madison High School lets you study at your own pace and take the exam when you are ready.
2. Make a plan
Don’t just say you’re going to spend “x” amount of time working on your online geometry course. Make a schedule that includes study, practice, and taking advantage of any opportunity to confer with real teachers. Stick to that schedule.
3. Take notes
Many students undervalue the note-taking process. This can be especially true when you’re taking an online course and all of the material is made available in a written format. However, you don’t need to be listening to a lecture to benefit from note-taking. Note-taking can help you zero in on key concepts and reinforce ideas by taking the time to rewrite them.
4. Multiple choice does NOT mean easy
When taking multiple choice exams required by online geometry courses, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Many students mistake “multiple-choice” for “easy.” They allow themselves to speed through the test picking what looks like the best answer. It is better to treat each question as if it were an open-ended one and actually do the math. Then you can compare your answer to the choices.
5. Always show your work
While taking an online geometry course, it is easy to get complacent, but the best way to learn is to keep practicing, and practicing the right way. When you study or take practice exams, and especially when you take real exams, always do the math. Do it so much that you can do it in your sleep.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to mathematics of any kind is that there is no real shortcut. Online geometry courses may give you the freedom to blaze your own trail, but that doesn’t mean you can rush through and expect real results. There is no substitute for practice.