CPM has created weekly tips for teachers, parents and students, written to help everyone be successful in math. Teachers can follow the teacher tips and post parent and student Tips of the Week to their personal webpages or include them in newsletters or updates sent out regularly. Each tip highlights events and ideas that are relevant during the given week they are distributed. For instance, at the start of the school year, the tips discuss effective team work, while mid year, the tips might discuss how best to prepare for a midterm exam. You can find these tips here:
Faculty members do not assign reading as busy work. They feel the material is valuable. So, approach it with as much energy and creativity as you can muster. If it is not a class that particularly excites you, try to relate it to something that does. A great example might be physics and baseball. You'd be surprised at how much science can apply to things like the trajectory of a ball or the impact needed on the bat to make a ball go a certain distance,etc. If you are in doubt, ask the professor to help you relate the topic to something you do enjoy and he or she might be able to help you connect the dots. You might also consider your future career and whether you could make use of this knowledge in small talk or in background knowledge for that type of job.