If you are expecting to be taking geometry next semester, you might be wondering how difficult the class will be. This post will show you how hard geometry usually is and how you can make it easier.
Geometry can be difficult for some students since it is often their first time encountering mathematical proofs. However, if you are willing to study outside of class, you should not have an issue passing the class.
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Reasons why geometry can be a hard class
In geometry, you will be finding the lengths of the sides of shapes, finding the sizes of angles and doing things such as finding perpendicular lines. There will also be some algebra involved as will. However, the algebra can be made easier by the more visual elements in geometry.
Geometry can be a difficult class for some students for a number of reasons.
The first reason is struggling with algebra. If you had a hard time with algebra, it would help to take the time now to brush up on it since it will help you to do better in geometry. It will also likely be very important for any later mathematics classes that you take.
The best way to improve your algebra for geometry would be to watch a geometry playlist and to make sure to take the time to understand the algebra as you go. I will provide you with some materials to use at the end of this post.
The second reason why students can have a hard time in geometry is that geometry involves proving things such as the size of an angle or the length of a side. These proofs can be difficult for many students who are not used to them. However, they are basic proofs and it will be possible for you to learn how to do them by studying.
Reasons why geometry can be an easy class
While there are some difficult aspects of geometry, it is also the case that many students find geometry to be an easier class than algebra. The visual elements of geometry are appealing for many students who find it easier to solve the problems by using logic and reasoning in a visual manner.
Additionally, geometry gives many students, who may have had a hard time in algebra, a second chance since you can still do well in the class even if you had a hard time with algebra.
It depends on the teacher
How difficult geometry will be for you will depend a lot on the teacher. Some teachers will ask hard questions without explaining the topic very well. While, other teachers will ask easier questions and explain the material in a very intuitive and easy to understand manner.
Regardless of who the teacher is, you can still do well in the class, if you are willing to put a bit of extra work in outside of class. One option would be to watch geometry video series on Youtube such as this one.
It depends on your own background
The difficulty of the class for you will largely depend on what you already know and your level of mathematical maturity.
If you have already done well in other mathematics classes then you will likely do well in geometry as well.
If you have not taken many math classes already then you will likely find geometry to be a more challenging class. However, it will still be possible to do well in the class provided you are willing to study more.
Ways to make geometry easier
Below are a number of things you can do in order to give yourself an easier time in geometry class.
Plan the schedule for the semester early on
It would be helpful to plan the semester out as soon as you get the syllabus for each class. By doing so you will be able to spot potentially difficult weeks in advance, you’ll avoid missing out on exams and homework and you will know when you need to start studying more for exams.
Prepare for it ahead of time
If you are concerned that geometry will be difficult, one option you have is to prepare for the class in advance. This will help you to understand the material much more easily when you take the class and it will help you to get a higher grade.
You can prepare for the class by watching a geometry playlist on Youtube or you could read a self-study book.
Read the book before skipping to the problems
Often, students will jump straight to the homework problems before reading the chapter from the book. The problem with doing this is that the teacher might have skipped on parts of the book and the questions will be based on what is in the book.
By reading the relevant chapter before doing the homework you will be able to reinforce what you learned in class, you’ll have a more intuitive understanding and you will find it easier to solve the questions.
Get help when you get stuck
It is important to get help when you really get stuck. By getting help you will be able to show the teacher that you are putting an effort into the class and avoid having gaps in your knowledge on the exam.
However, while it is important to get help when you get stuck it is also important to try to figure out the solution yourself beforehand. This means that you should reread the relevant chapter, look at tutorials on Youtube and look at any lecture notes that you might have first.
Prioritize any material that the teacher gives you
Usually, you will find that the material that is given to you by the teacher will be the most likely material to be on the exam. When you are preparing for the exams it is important to make sure that you fully understand anything that the teacher gave you.