I have wanted to improve in math, so I could do computer science, and generally develop math skills. However, the process has been chunky. I can summarize it into these three issues: Understanding, Slow learning, Note taking. But i'd like to hear more about how you handled these things.
Understanding: I'm not good at figuring out problems myself, and things often go over my head. I need to get what i'm thinking about to be able to take my notes, so often i'll write something and not have a clue what it means or what i'm doing. For example, I was learning how to multiply decimals. 3.2 x 3.9. The answer was 12.48, but I kept getting 60. For weeks I didn't know what I was doing wrong. I crossed multiplied like they asked, but I kept getting 45 + 15 = 60. I asked for help online, and realized- I forgot place value. It was quite disappointing to figure out that I couldn't figure something like that out myself, but it wasn't asking about it that made me sad; It was the fact that I was trying to improve my problem solving/intuition skills by figuring out how to solve the problem, and everything went over my head, again. What would you suggest for developing intuition, or being able to figure out what you're doing wrong yourself? Did you struggle with this, and what did you do?
Slow learning: I take more time to learn something than I do to forget it. I often take weeks/months to get a snippet of a topic, and that doesn't usually work when the curriculum needs you to get it in 2 weeks for the test, so I try to cram and-fail. This has more to do with Understanding + Note taking, however, but I wanted to know if there are any slow learners here and what you do to be able to be sharp and progress in math, while still being legible for college snap-snap curriculum pace. What would you/do you do?
Note taking: Memorization is near impossible for me because my notes are horrible. I have to take them by hand, and generally there's a lot of problems with them. My teacher goes quite fast (or, more likely-i'm too slow) so my notes are often scribbly, or don't have text to explain them at all. I'll simply copy what my teacher wrote on the board, yet not getting a single part of the concept or why it works. I won't know where to place certain types of knowledge so the placement of my notes is also difficult, I might write something incoherent in a panic in some random page and not be able to retrieve it, tips and tricks are placed in irrelevant spaces, it's just generally difficult and unusable. While no one writes their notes the same way, my notes generally seem to not work for me. How do you write your notes, what would you say defines terrible notes for you, and what do/did you do to improve and prevent them?
How do you go about with learning how to learn math? What is your process, what do you believe defines a bad math learning process, and how would you improve that process? I'd like to hear what you would do. Thank you for reading, your input is welcome.