In some subjects, all you need to do your homework is to make notes, going through them again and again, and memorizing. However, a subject like Mathematics needs a different approach for mastery. Simply noting down the things your teacher writes on the board or solving the exercises at the end of the books will not solve the purpose here. Mathematics demands practice. This is why, the concept of homework in this subject is a mandate.
The subject Mathematics is a progressive one, where each brick is laid on the other, the knowledge of later is mostly the one that is obtained in the previous classes. So, if you find it difficult to follow the new concepts that are being taught dig deep and pull out the notes or the formula booklets of the previous class.
Be it Calculus or Geometry, Mathematics is such a subject where mostly students need assistance for homework. The questions demand analytical knowledge. Also, the number of problems in Mathematics homework is pretty high compared to other subjects. Despite of all this, Mathematics is a subject, which can fetch you complete marks in your examination. You just need to master the super 7 techniques. If that technique is learnt, solving Mathematics problems would be a cake walk.
Keep reading to know more about the super 7 techniques.
- Make linking of prior learning outcomes
To understand this, let us take the example of questions on ‘heights and distances’. In order to solve such questions, you need to have knowledge of ‘Pythagoras theorem’ and ‘Trigonometric formulae’. The later two become the prior learning outcomes that you should have for the specific learning outcome ‘heights and distances’.
So, if next time you stuck in any question on this concept, you know what to look in for. Assemble the linkage of all such concepts, tabulate them and fix it on a wall or a place which draws your attention. This will save your time later.
- Make your own formula chart
With big fonts, write down all the formulae present in your textbook. Similar to the previous one, hang it at a convenient place. Surely, it will catch a glimpse of you every day, and your lips will automatically start to read it, fostering the cells of your brain to sink the information deep into it. Soon, all of these will be at your fingertips and the result is, it would make you solve a question in half the time you used to take earlier.
- Take a note of common Mathematics error
Do you tend to write ‘sin(x + y) = sin x + sin y’? This is a common error which most students are found to do. So, you can create your own list of DOs and DON’Ts. Probably you can use a Green pen to denote the DOs and a Red one to denote the DON’Ts.
- Do your rough calculations on the page where you are writing the answers
There are a lot of calculations that make up the rough work in Mathematics. Many students have the habit of doing the rough work at the last page of their answer booklet,. This however, has a big disadvantage.
Chances are that you might end up copying the incorrect value from the last page. This happens quite a time and these types of things are counted as ‘careless mistakes’. It is thus advisable, to keep a section of rough work on every page. Make sure, neither you lose your precious time nor the precious marks committing these types of mistakes.
- Practice every day even if homework is not assigned
Yes, whether you like it or not, this is the mantra that has a success rate of cent percent. Only, continuous practice will make you master the skills required for problem solving. Also, fix a day in the week, and make sure, on that day, you practice all problem types you learnt in the entire week.
- Use supplements
Look for more and more problems, or the exemplary ones. Practice these. Also, it is good idea to explore the online medium to learn concepts in case you were not able to do at school. Technology has evolved itself so much, that through artificial intelligence, a portal can judge your grey areas and provides you the recommendations.
- Stay ahead of your peers
This works for a subject like Mathematics. Take out some time to have a cursory glance of topics that your teacher would possibly teach in the next class. This will make you understand the concept easily. Increase the speed of your question solving, by learning to work by the clock.
Keep a check on the time scale when you attempt to solve a particular type of problem for the very first time, the second time and so on.Though the complexity degree and time consumption is reportedly high for solving Mathematics questions, but the correct technique will make it smooth over a period of time.