IntroductionLearning mathematics has been a nightmare for many students. Rest of the subjects seem easier when compared to it. The reason is that many subjects do not require problem-solving skill. Understanding is all that is required. However, mathematics is a demanding subject. It is a myth that a student cannot be successful at it. The truth is that anyone can excel and become successful at it. All they have to do is learn the simple tricks and strategies required to solve it. Below-mentioned is such tricks that help a student learn maths quickly and easily.
Why do students hate math?Many students feel that they are not good at mathematics and will never be able to solve the sums the way their other batch mates do. Some feel that they are not quick at problem-solving. According to them, learning it requires too much time. They prefer subjects which are quick to learn and are easier to revise. Many may find mathematics interesting, but still, they will complain about it because they are not able to get good marks or grade in their exams. The reason for not doing well in exams is because they are committing silly mistakes. One mistake will ruin the whole solution, and the result will appear completely wrong. On the other hand, some students do not like studying mathematics as they complain that it requires too much effort and time to learn it. After a few days of learning when they go for revisions, they are unable to recollect the information. Thus, they feel that they have wasted their so much time in learning problem solving as they are not able to remember all the steps required to solve it.
How to sharpen mathematical skills?Many students might have competed with their friends on various levels of their favourite video games. They might have noticed the improvement in their performance as days passed by. The same tactic can be applied to learning mathematics. Here, the games will be replaced by mathematic problems. Invite best friends to the house and compete with them to see who is going to solve the mathematical problems correctly and quickly. It is one of the best ways to learn mathematics and become good at it. Setting time will instil competition spirit which will train the subconscious mind to solve the problem at the earliest. Attention span increases and students learn to put in their best in solving mathematical problems.
When is the best time to learn maths?Every second is the best second to become better at mathematics. It is because maths is everywhere. Every second that is passing by is maths. No one can escape time, and thus, there is no escaping from mathematics. Most of the functions that we perform in day to day life are related to it. Thus, let the young ones who do not want to learn maths know that they are anyway learning it. Let them understand how significant math is and how interesting it is. Help the little kids to identify applications of maths in day to day life. Once they start looking for it and identifying it, they will soon start liking it. Liking is the first step of acceptance, and that means they are ready to learn it.
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How can systematic study help?It becomes easy to learn mathematics if a student learns the concepts of the subject. Before trying to solve it, first understand the question properly. Then understand the theory or concept behind the solution. Once it has been understood fully, students should solve similar sums and become a pro in solving such kinds of questions. In this way, a systematic study will help them separate the problems which are based on different suppositions. Those students who cannot identify the question properly will try to solve it with the wrong methods. Thus, the right answers cannot be derived. Also, sometimes it happens that students get confused between the methods, formulas. Despite knowing the right way of solving those questions, they will try to solve them in different ways and lose their marks.
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Mathematics is a very interesting subject but it needs some attention and inclination in order to get expertise in it. Any student who wants to excel in this great subject has to develop a mathematical mind set so that his angle of seeing things is in that frame of reference. Though there are many methods to sharpen the skills in Mathematics but the basic of all these lie in the hard work and focus on mathematical methods and techniques. Doing mathematical puzzles, riddles, quizzes etc can also help in this matter but the actual advantage is achieved only after the basic theorems in mathematics are learned proficiently.
When I say 'mathematical mind', I mean to say that we have to see the things from that perspective only. I have seen some people, especially in scientific research area, who observe every thing from that angle. When they walk 200 steps they would proclaim that an average step is about 70 cm and they have thus walked 140 meters. A cool way of calculating. I met one researcher who told me that his kitchen tap was leaking slightly and a drop of water was falling down every half a second and when he put a small bucket there it was almost full up to brim in the morning and his calculations also showed same thing. He approximately calculated the volume of the bucket and just saw as how many drops make a spoon full and did some calculation and found that in about 8 hours the bucket would be full of water. Simple calculations but would make one's mind and aptitude like that in that particular direction.
Integrating, differentiating, vector etc all are related to real life examples and can be understood using basic mathematical principles and formulas and then it becomes an interesting subject. The distance of a star can be found by measuring the angle at a time difference of 6 months bringing in the diameter of Earth's rotational path around Sun in picture and a simple formula like distance = arc (diameter of rotational path) / angle. This angle is very small and requires sophisticated equipments but the concept can be utilised to find out the distance. Similarly there are so many things which make Mathematics a practical subject rather than a dry subject as perceived by many of us.