Mathematics Homework Guidelines
Write your name, date and assignment clearly at the top
of the first page. If you use additional pages, put your
name or initials at the top of every page.
Use standard-sized paper (8.5” x 11”) with lines or
standard-sized graph paper.
Write out the original problem that you are working on,
including all diagrams, tables and figures. Except in the
case of word problems that are too long to write out, use
the problem solving plan.
Write legibly (suitably large and
suitably dark); if the grader can’t read your answer – it is
Problems need to be worked out
vertically, with all work continuing down the paper. The next
problem should be written directly below the previous problem.
Do not squeeze the problems
together, with one problem running into the next. Provide
sufficient space for each problem, with at least one blank line
between one problem and the next. Leave appropriate space for
corrections and/or omitted problems.
For tables and graphs, use a ruler
to draw the straight lines. Graphs and tables should have
proper labels for the points of interest, including scale, axes,
and column and row headers. Use an appropriate and consistent
scale on the axes.
Show your work. This does not
mean just copying the problem from the book and the answer from
the back. Show all the steps that go between the question and
the answer. Show how you arrived at your answer.
If the problem asks you to
Explain or write in your own words, then copying the
answer from the back of the book, or the definition from the
chapter, is unacceptable. You should write the answer in your
own words, not copied from the text.
Put your final answer at the end
of your work, and mark it clearly by circling, boxing, or
underlining the answer. Label your answer appropriately, using
You should use your instructor as a study aid, in addition to
your textbook, study guides, notes, and tutors. Your work is
much easier to grade when you have made your work and reasoning
clear. In addition, difficulties that you may have experienced
in completing the assignment can be better explained to you if
you have made your reasoning clear. More importantly,
completely worked and corrected homework exercises make an
excellent study guide for quizzes, tests and exams. If you
develop good habits while working on homework, you will
generally perform better on tests. The intention of these
guidelines is to provide you with a framework of communication
between yourself and your teacher. This should allow you to
communicate better, and so that you succeed both in this
mathematics course and in future mathematical communication with
co-workers and clients.