According to Kim Seward and A. P. Campbell, both of West Texas University, students must develop a "can do" attitude and practice math daily for them to succeed in any mathematics class, especially intermediate algebra classes. It is crucial for students to seek help with their mathematics classes outside of the classroom by consulting their tutors. Other sources of help include online tutoring services and virtual mathematics labs.
Because intermediate algebra is a sequential topic built on previous topic such as basic algebra, students should attend all classes so that they do not miss learning crucial concepts. Homework is a crucial learning tool, as it allows students to practice the concepts they learned in class. Students are advised to complete their homework on time and also do extra practice questions to sharpen their skills and develop confidence. While doing homework and practice questions, the student must not copy the examples given in class blindly, but must ensure they understand the problems by asking questions about the reasons for the sequential steps in the solution. Students should also check their graded assignments to see where they went wrong and further study the areas in which they are struggling. Students should be sure to pay attention in class as well as closely study their textbooks.