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Be a Math Whiz With These Tips -- No Matter What Age!

Updated on June 11, 2020
  • Make a habit to take notes at school.
  • Create a "cheat sheet" that contains important Math formulas and keywords. (but don't use this during exams!)
  • Prep yourself up before studying.
  • It's not embarrassing to ask for help whether from a parent, a classmate, or a private tutor.

Math teaches students to solve complicated problems and apply that skill in their everyday life.
Math teaches students to solve complicated problems and apply that skill in their everyday life. | Source

Math is one of the most hated subjects at school. However, there are also people who seem to appreciate the beauty of this complicated subject.

Math is more than just numbers and calculators. Rather, it teaches students to solve complicated problems using logic and common sense. It also improves one's resourcefulness, critical thinking, and managing pressure.

Doing Math should not be stressful. It is actually a life skill one should master. In this article, you will learn a thing or two about solving your Math homework faster and smarter than you expect.

Solving Your Math Homework Problems

First of all, there’s no use in hating this subject. Whether you like it or not, it is and it will be part of our lives forever. In fact, being an expert in Math is mandatory in some professions such as in the Accounting and Engineering fields.

To solve Math problems like a pro, here are some tips you should remember:

Math is more than just numbers and calculators. Rather, it teaches students to solve complicated problems using their stock knowledge and logic.

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1. Take notes at school

Believe us, it will be useful. After all, you can’t always rely on your memory, unless you have strong memorization skills. It is also not easy to remember complicated formulas the first time.

In taking notes, you don’t have to write word-for-word. Instead, focus on the keywords and the formula itself. From there, you can make a cheat sheet for easier reviewing later on.

  • Create a “cheat sheet”

This is not meant to be used during exams. Rather, it is composed of a short note containing all the keywords and formulas crucial for the specific Math topic of the day. This sheet will eventually be useful when you do your assignments.

2. Preparing for your homework

Upon arriving home, it’s tempting to slump down on your family couch and binge on your favorite show. Please, don’t. For a more productive homework session, you can follow these steps, in this order.

  • Clean up
    • Go to your room, change clothes, or have a good bath first.
  • Eat dinner
    • Eat your supper so your brain can function well while you do your homework.
  • Prepare your desk
    • Remove all distractions, including your mobile phone or anything else. If you need to use a desktop or laptop, avoid logging-on in your social media accounts while doing homework.
  • Check your notes and start your assignment
    • The “cheat sheet” will come in handy. This way, you won’t have to browse your notes back and forth, wasting your precious time.
    • Another tip: start with the easier questions, and then tackle the more difficult questions later. It will also help you save more time. Make sure to read the question more than once so you can understand the needed solution

3. Don’t be ashamed to ask help

“I did my best, but I guess my best wasn’t good enough”, according to the first line of a popular song. Just like the frustration the lyrics implicate, getting stumped in the middle of a difficult Math question can be frustrating as well.

In this case, you can seek help from either of these people:

  • Parents/older brother or sister
    • They have most probably encountered the topic way ahead than you, so they may have an answer for that.
  • Friends/classmates
    • They may already have a solution to your problem, and you can ask for their help.
  • Tutor
    • You can hire a tutor to help you with your Math subject. However, avoid being too reliant on them. Instead, ask for tips on how you can solve certain problems more effectively.

Math is a beautiful thing. It is more than just solving equations and memorizing complicated formulas. It is not also only for accountants and engineers. It is and will always be an important part of our life.

© 2020 Giselle R

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