Ask A Panther

Here are this week’s questions:

How do you study for Math?

Math is a complicated subject that cannot be studied for like other subjects. Math can’t be memorized like other subjects and that’s exactly why a lot of students tend to do bad in math. When studying seems impossible, we tend to give up and once we give up, our grades slip. It becomes a perpetual cycle that seems to never end. I currently work at a math tutor center and this was the exact trend that I saw with the students that would come in.

To be able to study for math, you have to actually understand it. If you force yourself to just remember facts instead of trying to understand the key concepts, more likely than not, you won’t remember anything. Think of math like a game of chess. When you play chess, you don’t memorize your moves and what you’re gonna do, you make your moves based on your understanding of the current game and strategies used. The same applies to math. If you try to memorize that quadratic equations have up to two answers whenever you take a test rather than why they have two answers, you’re not going to remember that information for long.

Memory has a limit but knowledge doesn’t.

Of course, understanding math has its own challenges. You won’t understand math just after a class or two. Understanding math takes effort and time. You have to be willing to put in the time and practice. The easiest and most efficient way to do so is to go online and search for worksheets that match the concepts you’re studying. YouTube can also be a great resource. Channels like PatrickJMT and Brian McLogan can be really helpful to fully understand the materials you’re studying for. Some of your teachers probably use those channels themselves. The most important thing to remember is: Don’t Give Up. If you’re consistent, then you’ll make progress. It may be slow but you’ll progress. Once you give up on yourself, your performance will reflect it.

Best of luck!

What’s some new music to listen to?

Finding new music can be a struggle, especially when the radio does nothing but repeat the same songs. My suggestion would be to reach out to different genres. It takes a bit of time and effort to really go through the works of different artists but the result is worth it. It should also be noted that new music does not have to be new, it could just be from new artists that you haven’t heard of or songs you didn’t know about from the artists you already listen to.

A good way to look for new music is to pay attention to the soundtracks in the movies/shows that you like. For example, if you liked the Spider Verse movie, it’s likely that you will also like its soundtrack.

But just to get you started, here are some recommendations:

  • God’s Whisper/Devil’s Whisper by Raury
  • Great Big Kiss by The New York Dolls
  • Love Game by Eminem ft. Kendrick Lamar
  • Pet Sematary by The Ramones
  • Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen
  • GO! by Santigold ft. Karen O
  • Start A Riot by DUCKWRTH & Shaboozey
  • You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
  • Yin Yang by Layfullstop


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