# Why do many students score low marks in Mathematics?

In this article, I am discussing the reasons of low score in mathematics among students. Students are scoring lesser marks because they should understand some important concepts in mathematics and learn to apply the concepts appropriately. Parents are bewildered, but are not able to tackle problem wisely.

Mathematics is one of the scariest subjects for many students in school. Some students are striving hard in mathematics but are not able to score good marks. The students should not only work hard but also work smartly to score better marks in mathematics. Parents are shocked to see their child's poor result but do not understand the reason for such a low score. Commonly, the question that arises in the mind of the parents is, Why is the child not able to score good marks despite studying hard? The mathematics syllabus is extensive from Grade 6, and even parents are not able to recall such difficult concepts taught to them. So, I am discussing the reasons for a low score in mathematics based on experience.

## Reasons why students are not scoring higher marks in mathematics

### Poor calculation skills

Many students are not able to calculate accurately. When they are solving sums by addition or subtraction, they are not able to quickly calculate and obtain the result. Many students cannot handle complex numbers, and they lose track when they calculate. If the answer is not obtained correctly, then they are not awarded any marks. The students should practice more sums every day so they can improve their skills in calculating. They understand the sum of two numbers gradually after regular practice. In yesteryear, children were forced to solve several sums in a day so they could become perfect in mathematics.### Lack of understanding or expertise of some basic concepts

Children are taught some basic concepts in mathematics in pre-primary or primary classes. But children may not observe the mathematical skills of every student at this stage if he or she is handling many students. Most teachers in the pre-primary section only give access if a child is able to identify numbers, write numbers sequentially, arrange some basic numbers in ascending or descending numbers, or mention the predecessor or successor of basic numbers. Many children are able to write numbers in sequential order, and they remember the pattern of the numbers. In pre-primary classes, a child is also taught concepts such as skip counting, backward numbers, greater and higher values, etc. But a child may not become well versed in these concepts. A student may falter when asked to mention skip counting for numbers 2, 3, 5, 10, etc. A student may not be able to understand higher or lower values easily. Some students are unable to compare numbers, or they do not develop the skills of comparing between numbers, and later on experience difficulty when they are solving complex problems. They cannot arrange larger numbers in ascending or descending order. The students have not learned the skills of arranging numbers using proper methods in the primary classes, so in higher classes they experience difficulties.To score better marks, a student should develop logical reasoning in mathematics. To apply logical reasoning, a student should quickly understand the higher and lower values of numbers or the place value of the number. They should be able to quickly identify odd and even numbers just by looking at the number. If a student can easily study subjects such as divisibility, then a student should be able to identify odd and even numbers and also remember the multiples and factors of the numbers easily. As they reach higher grades, the students should be able to understand the application of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in real life. So, to score better marks in mathematics, students should thoroughly understand the basic concepts.

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