I’m a Economics undergraduate. I didn’t do advanced math at highschool, even though we do a fair bit of Calculus and Statistics(don’t you just love Statistics?).
First of all do not worry, everyone can do well in maths.
The key is practice, practice, practice and more practice.
-Talk to your lecturers about specific problems you have.
-Join study groups if you can.
-ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS and LECTURES!
-Put in as many hours as it takes, some people take 20 hrs to do what I can do in 2 hrs.
-If you need a mentor, get one(we don’t have these in the UK though so count yourself lucky).
-Invest in some good books.[/quote]
One of my undergrad majors was management science, which is essentially a bastard child of finance and econ.
The above is spot on. Particularly the all-caps - remember, you’re taking the professor, not the class, and the lecture will focus on what the professor thinks is important. Caveat though: If the professor wrote your text, read it backwards and forwards - do the same if your class is a weed-out class with a strict/hard curve (because the prof will be looking for ways to differentiate among the students and make the class fit the required curve).
I’d add: go to TA office hours and professor office hours on a regular basis after having tried the problems and done the reading so you can ask directed questions and not come off like a someone avoiding work who wants to be spoon fed; and see if you can find any articles published by your professor - that will give you an insight into what he thinks are important and/or interesting problems.