Talk to your instructor. Your instructor is available during the posted
online office hours (under Syllabus on the Course Home Page).
If you cannot come during these office hours, please send your
instructor an e-mail to make an appointment at another time.
Always do your homework. Exams are based on problems similar to those you
have seen in your homework.
Do not give up easily. If you are finding this class difficult, you should
look for help. Other students may have similar problems and talking to them
can be helpful. Talking to your instructor may be also a good idea.
Talk to honours math students or grad students. Joining a Math
Club is a good idea. You may not believe it is possible, but some of our
students really like talking about math and solving challenging problems. :-)
If you cannot see how to solve a problem in general, try looking at a
special case first.
If you don't understand what to do with a difficult problem, try looking at
some examples first.
To see how to prove a theorem, it sometimes helps to write down the
definition of every object mentioned in the theorem. Sometimes, proving a
theorem only amounts to combining the definitions.
If you finding it difficult to prove a result directly, try to show
that the opposite conclusion would lead to a contradiction.
If you are stuck on a difficult problem, maybe you should look for a
similar problem that you have seen in class or in your textbook.
Try breaking a difficult problem up into pieces. Then attack each piece
one at a time.
If you cannot see how to go from A to B, try working backwards, from B to A.
Or try working from both ends and meet at a middle point C. Once you
figure out the chain of reasoning, rewrite your solution in the forwards
direction, going directly from A to B.