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I am a high school junior taking calculus AB. What should I do to become the best I can at math? Can you suggest any books I should read, a list of problems I can do, etc.? Thanks

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@Ovi If you want a book that will be helpful to ALL math courses you'll be taking in the future, I recommend How to Prove It: A Structured Approach by Daniel J.Velleman. –  Git Gud May 5 '13 at 17:05
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@PeteL.Clark: If this was too localized, the post wouldn't get $7$ upvotes versus $1$ down vote. Its appealing towards large audience. Others who possibly cross over this question have something to take from here. –  Inceptio May 5 '13 at 17:15
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I would say that this question should remain closed as a mixture of not constructive and not a real question. Certainly it is too broad for a good answer, since answers could just as well focus on a choice of courses for the OP to take to obtain a better understanding of maths, recommendations of how to broaden and deeper their current learning experience, advice on $\textit{how}$ to study maths better, resources to better explain the material that they are currently covering, $\dots$. If it were to become much more specific, I would perhaps vote to re-open. –  Tom Oldfield May 5 '13 at 18:23
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OP: sucks that this question had to be closed, but let me second GitGud's recommendation. How To Prove It will rock your world. –  Alexander Gruber May 6 '13 at 15:41
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By the way come by the Mathematics Chat(chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/36/mathematics) sometime and ask about this, we'd be glad to help you there. –  Alexander Gruber May 6 '13 at 15:43

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Don't just stick to the curriculum. Read the books published by the Mathematical Association of America for young people who want to find out what mathematics is. Also, one of my favorites: C. Stanley Ogilvy's Excursions in Geometry.

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I suggest "What is Mathematics?" book by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins. A great book. Provides insight about every level of math.

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