Maths is one of those subjects that tend to divide students. You either get it, or you don’t. If you are one of the students who struggle to grasp the concept of mathematics, here are some quick tips on how to get better at math.
Develop a practical math practice
Developing a math practice is a great way to improve your general maths skills. Improving upon the basics can lead to understanding more complex problems down the track. A practical task you can do is to create real-life scenarios and then figure out the solution. As you become more advanced you can make the scenarios harder.
Train yourself to think outside the box
When solving more complex maths problems, it can be beneficial to think outside the box (also known as lateral thinking). A great way to train yourself to think outside box is to set aside time each week to participate in brain teasers. These may be found online, in your maths book or you can even speak to your teacher about creating some for you.
Try drawing a picture instead
When it comes to more complex subjects like trigonometry, calculus, and Physics, drawing a picture can be a great way to wrap your head around the topic. Some people learn more visually and drawing a picture can help bring on the solution faster. For example, you could draw a graph and put X where the intercepts meet, creating a clearer image for your mind.
Ask as many questions as you need to
When it comes to math it is important to truly understand the topic at hand rather than just memorising equations. When I was in high-school I was often too afraid to put my hand up and ask a question when I didn’t understand the core concept of something. I was scared that I would sound silly and I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Looking back, I know I would have achieved better grades if I asked more questions. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to truly understand why you are doing something.
Speak to your teacher
While teachers are sometimes scary to approach, it is important to speak to your teacher if you are looking to get better at math. Your teacher may be able to assign you some other homework that will help you understand more complex math topics. Your teacher may even have some nifty tricks to help you grasp concepts a little more easily.
Find a study buddy
Finding someone in your class to study with is a fantastic way to get better at math. You can support each other, hold each other accountable and maybe even make studying fun. A study buddy can help you with questions that you don’t understand, and you may be able to help them with questions they don’t understand. If you both don’t understand something, you can work it out together.
Finding a tutor in University was one of the best things I ever did. Concepts that seemed impossible for me to understand became so simple with a professional explaining them to me. I wish that I had sought out the help of a tutor in high-school and I highly recommend anyone looking to get better at math to find one.
Be gentle on yourself
At the end of the day, it is important to be gentle on yourself. Everyone has different skills and even if you are not the best at maths, that doesn’t mean you are a bad person. As long as you try your hardest in everything that you do, you will come out winning. While grades are very important, it is not the end of the world if you do not get the grades you were hoping for.