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Learning Strategies Mathematics is often the most challenging subject for students. Much of the trouble comes from the fact that mathematics is about logical thinking, not memorizing rules or remembering formulas. It requires a different style of thinking than other subjects. The students who seem to be “naturally” good at math just happen to adopt the correct strategies of thinking that math requires – often they don’t even realise it. We have isolated several key learning strategies used by successful maths students and have made icons to represent them. These icons are distributed throughout the book in order to remind students to adopt these necessary learning strategies:

Talk Aloud Many students sit and try to do a problem in complete silence inside their heads. They think that solutions just pop into the heads of ‘smart’ people. You absolutely must learn to talk aloud and listen to yourself, literally to talk yourself through a problem. Successful students do this without realising. It helps to structure your thoughts while helping your tutor understand the way you think. BackChecking This means that you will be doing every step of the question twice, as you work your way through the question to ensure no silly mistakes. For example with this