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I feel like I am not learning math well or efficiently enough.

I read the textbook, do the exercises but I still don't get the marks I would like. For the time I put in, it seems like I should be doing better than I am but perhaps I am not studying math properly. I am willing to put in the hours but I don't feel like extra hours is the answer.

What else can I do to make my time with math more effective, efficient and successful?

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closed as too broad by Prahlad Vaidyanathan, studiosus, voldemort, Lost1, Sami Ben Romdhane Feb 13 '14 at 17:21

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If you don't get any good answers here, you might look at the questions linked in the “Related” column on the right-hand side of the page. –  MJD Feb 13 '14 at 16:07
I'd suggest two things: 1. keep doing what you've been doing; solving exercises is the best/only way to learn math. And don't be discouraged if it comes slowly; everyone has their own areas of strength, so it's perfectly normal to find some topics harder (I know it took me 2 years to feel comfortable with analysis). In fact, I usually feel I only truly master a subject matter the first time I teach it myself. 2. Ask your professors: they might have differing approaches/expectations. With some, textbooks could be an extra; with others, a mandatory part of their course. Etc. –  Jonathan Y. Feb 13 '14 at 16:17