If math is not your thing, and it’s not easy for you, read through this article to the end and you will learn how to improve your math skills and achieve success in this challenging subject.
Ask for help.
During the lesson, ask for help in explaining the meaning of a concept to you. If the answer does not shed light on all dark spots, stay after the lesson and talk to the teacher again. Maybe in a one-on-one conversation he can explain the material to you in more detail and more than what fits in the lesson time.
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Make sure you understand the meaning of all words. Mathematics, when it comes to higher-level tasks, is usually a set of simple operations. For example, in multiplication you use addition, and in division you cannot do without subtracting. Before you learn a concept, you need to understand what mathematical operations it involves. Do this with each mathematical term (e.g., “variable”):
Learn the definition in the textbook: “A symbol for an unknown number is usually indicated by letters, e.g. x or y.”
Exercise in solving examples on a topic. For example, “4x – 7 = 5,” where x is an unknown variable and 4, 7 and 5 are “constants” (you should also see the definition for this concept in the textbook).
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Pay special attention to studying mathematical rules. Properties, formulas, equations and problem solving methods are all basic tools of mathematical science. Learn to rely on them just as a good carpenter relies on his saw, tape measure, hammer, etc.
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Take an active part in class work. If you do not know the answer to a question, ask for an explanation. Tell your teacher what you have already understood, so that he can pay more attention to the things that have caused you difficulties.
Let’s consider the situation by the example of the above mentioned variable task. Tell the teacher as follows: “I understand that if you multiply by 4 the unknown variable (x), take 7, you will get 5. Where do I start the solution?” Now the teacher will know exactly what is causing your difficulty and how to involve you in the solution of the task. But if you would just say, “I don’t understand,” the teacher might think he needs to first explain to you what a variable and constant is.
Never be afraid to ask questions. Even Einstein asked questions (and then answered them himself)! The solution will not come to you by itself if you do not act. If you don’t want to ask your teacher, then ask your neighbor or friend for help.
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Look for help from outside. If you still need help, and your teacher cannot explain the material to you in a way that you can understand, ask for someone to recommend to you for a more in-depth study. See if there are any special courses or tutoring programs, or ask your teacher to work with you before or after school.
In addition to the different ways you can learn about material (audio, visual, etc.) there are different approaches to teaching. If you are the best at visual perception and your teacher, even if he is the best in the world, is focused on those who are good at listening, it will be difficult for you to work with such a teacher. It would therefore be useful to get more help from those who teach in a way that is more convenient for you.
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Write down each action in the decision. For example, when solving an equation, divide your solution into separate actions and write down everything you did before proceeding to the next action.
A detailed record will help you trace the solution’s path and find errors.
A step-by-step written solution will show you exactly where you made the mistake.
Writing down each action in a mathematical solution will repeat it and better remember what you already knew.
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Try to solve all the tasks that you’ve been assigned. After a few examples, you’ll get your hand in. If the tasks are still difficult, you will understand where exactly you are having problems.
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Look through your teacher-tested assignments. Look at his labels and fixes, and make sense of his mistakes. If everything is not clear, ask the teacher to sort it out together.
Feel free to ask for help, learn from your mistakes!
Even if math is difficult for you, do not be afraid of it. Excitement only complicates things. Instead, be patient and learn it step by step.
Don’t forget to do your homework! You can even make up your own examples and tasks to practice.
Don’t sit idly by for fear of making a mistake. Try to solve something, even if you’re not sure it’s right.
Ask if you don’t understand. Ask your teacher to explain what you don’t understand, during the lesson or after. Don’t let fear run in front of the locomotive. Do not lose faith in yourself or pay attention to others.
When arithmetic is left behind and you are learning algebra and geometry, know that all the new things you will do in these sections of math will be based on the material you have already learned. So make sure you have learned each lesson well before you move on.
It will be much easier for you if you show your teacher your work.
Always ask your teacher for help if you do not understand something.
Try to understand everything you do, not just thoughtlessly solve similar tasks in the same way. Say, if you are learning to sum up large numbers, think about why a number that represents dozens should be added to the sum in the next column. And if you still don’t understand, then ask.
Like it or not, but the ability to quickly and correctly count plays an important role in our business and personal life.
Enjoy it. After all, even if it is not very interesting for you yet, nevertheless, multiplication for 4th grade can be truly beautiful in its elegant order.
Do your math for at least half an hour a day.
Do not try to memorize the examples by heart. Instead, insist that your teacher explains them to you and make sure you understand what he is saying. Each example has its own solution, and the main thing is to understand why it has to be solved this way. Also, do not memorize the wrong formulas.