Importance of Math and Writing

Writing

Nearly every course you'll take in college will involve extensive composition and writing. The ability to write well is not exclusive to English courses in college. We have included a few suggestions you may want to consider to enhance your composition and writing skills to better prepare yourself for college.

1. Research and become familiar with different methods of writing
2. Gather input from your parents and teachers on your writing clarity
3. Study writing styles from various subject perspectives
4. Compare the differences in a literature term paper and a business proposal written for a management class
5-a. Practice your writing skills by drafting brief summaries of newspaper or magazine articles
5-b. Read the written summaries several weeks later and critique them for clarity and sensibility
5-c. Have others read and explain their understanding of the summaries with you

Math

Being able to think and reason analytically is also extremely important to college success.  The ability to perform mathematical calculations will be required in many courses ranging from Algebra, Accounting, FInance, and Statistics - to name only a few.

Students often talk about how math is one of their weaknesses, but you can do something about it.  Like anything else, putting more effort into math may make the difference between fearing it and revering it.  You cannot hide from math in college, so it is important to develop that skill set as soon as you can.

The University of Memphis provides tutoring services to admitted students through the ESP program (Educational Support Program).  U of M students can utilize these tutoring services for a wide variety of courses, but many requests for tutoring come from math.