There’s nothing quite so vexing as sitting in a class filled with your mates, a mathematics teacher in front of the class teaching and you’re the only one with a confused expression on your face. Now, so many questions are running through your mind like “What does that x stand for?” “How is the square root of four (4) over nine (9) same as four (4) over nine (9) raised to the power of half?” {    4/9 = (4/9)1/2 }. Just as you’re trying to wrap your finger around it, you hear your teacher call your name and ask to give the answer to the question on the board. You stand and you just stare at the board, then you hear someone make a snide remark and everyone bursts into laughter. From then on you’re labelled the class dunce, and if you ever thought of asking questions to clarify your confusion, you never do so again. So you go on like that, class after class, your confusion piling up, failing tests, feeling stupid because you fail to progress on the topic, then you label maths your worst subject. You end up hating the teacher, miss his or her classes. This goes on until your final exams. You manage to get an “E” cause of the basics you know. You graduate dreading maths and anything related to it.

Many students go through this experience. Some may have bad teachers. “Bad” in the sense that they neglect students in class who are slow to comprehend things, and such students give up after some time noting that the teachers love those who answer their questions correctly. Some have the notion in their mind that they are not in the bunch of “astounding kids” who just happen to be good in maths, and that is entirely wrong. Anyone can be good in mathematics, in any subject as a matter of fact. Succeeding in maths depends on your routine of studying it and here are some tips to note.

  • Maths a day, keeps failure away: It is not possible to study maths by mere listening to your teacher talk or reading. You actually have to solve some maths problems. Practice, and then practice some more again. To do this you have to set out a time each day. An hour a day goes a very long way in helping you.

  • Arrange for an extra class: This can be with your fellow student who is very good in it or your teacher. If it’s your teacher, go to his or her office and confined in him or her. Show your practiced work and where you had a problem, let him or her know you really have the zeal to learn and not just coming to waste their time. If it’s your fellow student, meet whoever it is after class and ask to help put you through.

  • Create flash cards: Have flashcards where you write different formulas and theorems and revise them always at the end of your study time. This will help you have a retentive memory.

  • Revise a week before test or exam: Revision is a necessity. Revise at least a week ahead. Last minute revision doesn’t really help in the long run.
  • If these tips and noted and carried out, then congratulations math whiz.





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