**You will not pass your math class**

**unless you spend enough time on it.**

What does “enough time” mean? There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some students breeze through math with a minimum of effort and others have to struggle. If you are taking prealgebra or algebra in college, you have probably struggled with math on occasion. If you plan to succeed, you must plan to find the necessary time for reading math, studying math, and doing your math homework. One important tip:

**Do some math every day.**

There will be days when you just don't have a lot of time. This happens. But do some math anyway, even if it's just 15 minutes of review or solving a homework problem. Doing some math every day is a recipe for success and maintains forward progress. “Saving up” your math for weekends is almost always a mistake.

Here's another important truth:

**Students who get stuck need to get help.**

It's amazing how many students quietly fail their classes instead of getting help. Community colleges are all about helping students. Even when state funding is tight and budgets are cut, we scramble to provide assistance opportunities to our students. Here's a list:

- Questions during class (ask them!)
- Questions during office hours (know them!)
- Tutorial sessions (attend them!)
- Learning Resource Center (go there!)
- Student Support Services (there's an entire building!)
- Study groups (team up with classmates!)

Be an active learner and take charge of your learning. The teacher can't teach you without your consent and your active participation. Take responsibility for your education.