Maths – one subject that somehow, has constantly given many secondary school students some torturous state of personal anguish. And government hasn’t been fair, actually, by making it compulsory for everyone. You see, NO ESCAPE ROUTE. You have to face it, And Conquer if you must have perfect grades in your final results.
The good news is, everyone can actually do well in maths. All that’s required is your willingness to succeed. Below are some useful tips that can help you get better grade in maths:
Try Not To Skip Maths Classes
Showing up to class is important for all academic subjects, but particularly so for maths, since maths classes tend to build upon concepts from one to the next. This means if you miss one day of class, it’s basically the equivalent of taking out an entire rung in a ladder–you can still make it to the top, but it gets harder and harder with each rung that gets taken away. So, go to class! Otherwise, you’ll be missing out on vital information that’ll make it harder to get good grades on your tests. (Also, teachers usually give some sort of participation grade–by skipping class, you’re basically throwing away about five percent of your grade.)
Focus On Topics You Don’t Understand Before Moving To The Next
This is annoying, because if you don’t like one particular topic (say, fractions), you probably want to move onto the next one ASAP to escape. But, unfortunately, fractions never actually go away. The ladder analogy from before–in which each concept you learn in maths builds upon the previous one-applies here too, so it’s really important to actually understand one thing before you try to tackle the next. If you don’t, you’ll probably feel even more lost in the next unit.
Get Used To Working By The Clock
One of the scariest things of taking a maths exam is knowing that you have a limited amount of time to do it. So, practice working under the amount of time that you’ll be allotted when you take a test–like, say, if you know you’ll have forty minutes for a twenty-question test, practice spending two minutes on each question. This way, knowing that you have to answer a certain amount of questions in a certain amount of time won’t be as daunting as it could be.
Do Have A Mathematics Dictionary
“Vocabulary” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your maths class, but maths classes have a lot of important terminology that you need to keep straight. So, write down problems and phrases your teacher mentions in class, their meanings, key points and sample answers on flash cards or in a blank notebook. Writing stuff down is a great way to get in logged in your brain, first of all, and having a physical item to refer to when you’re studying can be super helpful.
Devote Time To Studying Every Night
Studying for a test is something that, like showing up for class, should be a “duh.” But a lot of the time, it’s easier said than done, since it can feel like such a big, insurmountable endeavour that you don’t even know where to start. So, try to make studying something you do every day, rather than waiting to cram in the night before an exam. When you’re doing your homework (which, you know, you need to be doing), work through every single problem and cross check it with your textbook and notes to make sure you’re doing it right. If you don’t get certain concepts, go through them again until you get it (and, again, don’t be afraid to ask for help on this). This way, you’ll have a sturdy enough base so that you don’t have to do a panicky all-nighter the night before a test.
Get Help If You Need It
There is no shame–none whatsoever!–in having to get a little extra help in a subject in which you do not particularly excel. Try to see your teachers after class. Many of them stay after school anyway and will be happy to help go over the lesson with you–plus, they’ll see that you’re showing up to get extra help, which can only positively impact your grade. If you need help on top of that, you can ask them for tutor recommendations–most teachers should know of a few relatively inexpensive tutors to go to.
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