Solano Community College

How to Succeed in Math

This page will provide you with some resources and other advice to help you succeed in your first, and subsequent, math courses. There are three different areas emphasized on this page:


Online math content help - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their math mission guides learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.


The site, run by a math instructor named Patrick, is similar to in that it hosts hundreds of free math tutorial videos. As opposed to the Khan site, this site is for "Just Math Tutoring". You can find videos on Arithmetic, Algebra, Calculus,and other math subjects that explain the topics and show examples.  This website has students/instructors showing examples of how to do specific math problems according to math topic. You would want to choose the course you are taking, and then pick whichever topic you are currently studying. For example, there is a ”factoring" section for students studying factoring in Algebra and a "limits" section for Calculus students.

There is tutor help available that you can access through the Solano County Library. If you have a county library card go to and then:

      1)  In the lower right-hand column click on On-demand Tutoring Online (this help is currently available everyday from 1pm-10pm)

      2)  At this point you need to put in your library information 

      3)  Click on College Center

      4)  Choose Math.


Popular Math Video YouTube Channels

Math BFF - Algebra and calculus help from an MIT graduate.

Professor Leonard -  Algebra, Calculus, and even Statistics videos

Prof RobBob - Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics videos from someone who has had 19 years of experience teaching math at the high school level. 


Math Anxiety - a feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear that interferes with math performance


How to Overcome Math Anxiety - A 2017 article from Psychology Today


Why do people get so anxious about math? - TED Talk ( video of < 5 minutes)


Overcoming Math Anxiety  - Book by Sheila Tobias

                                             (Purchase on Amazon or check-out at a library)


Growth Mindset - the belief that abilities can be developed over time by putting in effort


The power of believing you can improve - TED Talk (video approx. 20 minutes)


Do you have a growth or fixed mindset? - Online Quiz and Information