Mathematics is one subject that gives many students goosebumps for a number of reasons. Some students hate or fear math and others take longer to grasp the concepts taught. Being that math is requires consistent practice for one to excel, math homework is often given to encourage involuntary practice. However, this doesn’t make homework completion easy. Proper planning is required for one to master the skill of doing their mathematics assignment faster. Here are 4 major aspects that you can use to better your skills in this respect.
Taking Notes and Getting Organized
Most often, homework is given based on the lesson learnt on particular day. Therefore, you need to ensure you have taken note of all formulas or theorems covered in class. This should then be followed by a detailed record of all the assignment problems that you have been assigned. This will help you save a lot of time once you get home and need to work on the problems. Sometimes for easy reference, it is wise to create a cheat sheet to help you refer to concepts taught on that particular class at a glance. This will not be used to in the exam. They are extremely short summarised notes of what was taught in class. These can be formulae, or short statements that help you grasp a key concept. Another way to stay organized is to ensure your study desk is always in order. A good way to do so is arrange items by subjects in different folders. For instance, math related books can be stored in one folder and so on. Finally, we are human and every once in an a while we forget to do something. That is where a group study of studdy buddy comes in. They each keep one accountable to their actions.
Do the assignment in one sitting
One effective way of getting done with your assignment is to actually complete it one one sitting. Solving math equations often requires a lot of concentration and opting to complete homework in bits does not help this course. The best way to achieve this is to estimate the probable duration you will take to handle the task assigned and find the time when that can be done. You can even let your family members know that specific time when you retreat to focus on your work to help reduce the number of distractions. For better results, there are a number things you should do before you start on your homework
- Ensure you have a proper working area that is not too comfortable. A desk and upright chair would be the best option to set and maintain the study mood. Lying on a bed or staying in a sleeping position may only encourage sleeping.
- Avoid any distractions during that time when you are handling the assignment. Aim to keep remotes, cell phones and computers away to avoid the temptations of procrastination
Best way to solve math problems
Read through every problem at least twice to ensure you grasp the requirements. Many students fail math for the sheer reason that they mistook a number or misinterpreted a statement changing the entire dynamics of the questions given.
Start with the easy questions first. Solving hard questions first will easily kill your motivation, so begin with what you can handle easily then go over the ones that you hard skipped. This tactic works extremely well in a timed exam. In case time elapses before you are done with all the questions, you can be sure you will have scored well on the easy questions you solved first
Show working for the problems you solve. This helps you identify where you went wrong in case you find your answer is varying from what others have later on. Also, doing this in pencil allows you to delete and rework the problem again.
In math, one wrong step in solving a problem results in the wrong answer. If you need to excel. Ensure you double check what you have completed to ensure you did not make any silly mistakes. Studies have shown that students who double check their work in timed tests score much better than those who don’t.
Get help when it is necessary
Sometimes you have done all the above but are still not sure whether the solutions you have provided are the right ones. In other instances, you didn’t even manage to solve any of the questions given. In such instances it is wise to seek for help. Here are a number of ways you can exploit to get help
Ask a parent or older sibling
Most of our parents or older siblings have your current topic before and can help you double check the solutions you gave. This is not asking them to do your math homework for you. On the contrary it only ensuring you did the right thing.
Ask group members
All of us are gifted differently. It is possible members of your group could have a different approach to solving a problem. Sharing ideas with them can help correct or confirm your answers
Find a tutor
If you have tried solving the questions given and have still not managed, finding one on one help from a good tutor could be a great break through. However, try not to be too dependent on the tutors. Once you master a concept, make an effort to try it out on your own without the help of the tutor.
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