Developing Good Study Habits

Tip # 11 Practice Makes Perfect

Does Maths frighten you? Is it your worst subject? Is it the one subject that you are failing, or if not failing, then it is that one subject where you have the lowest marks?

Maths requires a good teacher. A good teacher will go through plenty of examples in class so the student can see the process themselves and the student will have the opportunity to ask questions so they can understand the process. They will not leave the student to do ‘self-studies’ just because the answers are in the back of the Maths textbook. Secondly a good teacher will give lots of assignments prior to an exam so that the student is forced to practice.

If you are not so fortunate to have a good Maths teacher, or if you are still struggling in spite of having a good teacher, you can still learn better study methods for maths.

Math is logical. There is a method, a rhyme and reason, a methodical way of understanding the concepts, applying the principles and following the logical steps to solving the problem. Think of Maths in steps – first, second and third, etc. It is essential to understand the concepts. If your teacher cannot help you, find someone who can; a relative, a friend or a tutor. (At Alberta Rose Education Centre we provide meaningful learning so the student understands the concepts.) Then do the problems. Once you have mastered one problem, don’t leave it. Try doing a full exercise of 10 – 20 or more of the same kind of equations/problems. If you run out of problems or equations to solve, try the Internet. There are some excellent Math sites that not only explain the concepts but also give you exercises with answer sheets so you can do a self-study. One that I recommend is www.emathematics.net, but there are other good ones on the Internet as well.

Dr. Gill, a mathematics professor at a university in Pennsylvania, USA says that the best way to learn Math is repetition and to study hard. By sheer repetition you will have the formula, the method, the principles embedded in your mind and you will not forget how to do your Maths. By the way Physics and other sciences also have numerical problems. The same principles can be applied to your Physics as well as Maths.

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