A lot of exercises to understand topics (Math)

In summary, it is good to do as many problems as possible and to focus on increasing your score on exams.
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I have a few free days next week where I want to review the topics from this semester and would like people's opinions on how to go about really getting the most out of my free time. I am currently taking math classes from the math department and am wondering, should I focus on doing as many problems as possible instead of just re-reading the text? Is it in general good practice to do more problems than reading the theory? Of course one needs some theory before tackling problems but I believe one can only understand the theory when one actually tries to solve problems.

But I guess this can also go with physics, should I read the subjects in the book and focus majority of my time on solving problems?

I'd like to hear any personal experiences on how you succeeded in real math courses.
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Solving problems can take you a lot of time, so re-reading the lectures might be more effective.

This was as general as possible. Now come the details which could lead to a different recommendation:
  • Do you study physics or even more important, engineering? In this case you should do as many exercises as possible.
  • Which kind of exams will you face? Learn whatever will increase your score.
  • Are you studying philosophy or are heading towards logic? Learn the theory.
The truth lies probably somewhere in between, i.e. it depends on so much more information to give a good advice than you were sharing with us.
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The info given is physics and math. I'm in undergrad so maybe that helps a bit more. My question was more based off the already-given info, that I am taking math courses with math students and wanted to know what worked for others who took such courses.