I was reminded recently of the importance of stressing to students what it takes to be successful in Mathematics. I used to be really good at making sure that I pass out a 2-page document at the beginning of every semester with some helpful tips, followed by some class time going over them. However, after so many times of seeing your tip sheets in the garbage at the end of the first day of class, you tend to get frustrated. At least I did. However, coming across the following documents made me realize that maybe I should start doing this again, even if every student doesn’t find it helpful.
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