How to Pass Calculus

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can use this article to find out what you need to do to pass your calculus class. Get tips for what you should do before class, during class and to study for exams.

Read Your Syllabus

It's going to be much harder for you to pass your calculus course if you don't know details about the class. Make sure you pay attention to the syllabus provided by your instructor, especially if it contains information on how you will be graded, the percentage of your grade each exam is worth and attendance policies. If you're in a class where you're penalized for a certain amount of missed classes, you'll want to keep that in mind.

Get Ready to Study

Effectively studying calculus can take a lot of time. You should be prepared to devote several hours every week to studying for your class. Try to spread this study time out so that you're studying every day, and be sure to regularly practice formulas and theorems. This will keep you familiar with the concepts and computations you need to know to succeed in calculus.

Make sure that you finish all of the homework assigned by your instructor. This will give you the practice you need to get ready for tests. It may also be graded, in which case you want to make sure you're correctly completing your work and turning everything in on time.

Work with Other Students

You should try to make use of study groups if you can. Communicate with your fellow students about any problems you're having trouble with, or to discuss the different strategies for solving calculus problems.

Give Yourself Time

Make sure you give yourself enough time to study for your exams. Trying to study everything the night before the exam probably isn't going to work on a course this advanced. Instead, try to spread out your exam preparations over 5-6 class days. This gives you plenty of time to focus on different topics.

Complete Practice Problems

The more calculus problems you solve, the better at calculus you'll be. Work on all the problems your instructor assigns, as well as the extra problems provided in your textbook. You can even find out if your instructor offers copies of old exams and work on those.

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