(From Acts 1:1) “…of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.”

(From Mark 4:1) And again He began to teach by the sea…” (From Mark 6:7) “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two…”  Notice that these phrases do not say, “He taught” or “He sent them out”, but that He began to teach and that He began to send them out.  After noticing this I realized that for any task to be accomplished, you must BEGIN.

          For example, to see how to be a better mathematics student, consider one problem that is before you (not being distracted by fears of all other problems that lie ahead).  For that one problem, learn thoroughly how to begin it. (Be sure to say begin with great emphasis as you say these sentences.)  That one problem you considered is probably typical of a certain category of problems.  Learn the typical way to begin problems of this type.  Then for each of the problem types you will be responsible for in a mathematics course, learn how to begin problems of that type.

          Learning the beginning of a problem is much like pulling the cord on a power lawnmower.  Once you impart that beginning into the situation, things can crank up.  You want to learn how to crank out math problems!

          To be a better teacher or student you need to begin to see yourself that way.  You need to see the changes that need to be made to make you better and begin to make those changes.  If you keep doing things the same way, you can only expect the same results.

          Begin to incorporate these Truth Gems into your life, and remember, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (From Pr 1:7)

We will learn next what to do after you begin.