Math has always been one of the weaknesses of many students. Parents often find themselves looking for ways to help improve their child’s performance in math. Some even go out of their way to find a math tutor for their child. There are things that students can do, though, if they want to improve their grade in math. Here are three tips that you can follow.
1. Do not move on to another topic if you haven’t mastered the first one yet.
If you are having a difficult time mastering the multiplication table (for example), do not go on to multiplying fractions just because you’re getting tired of studying the same thing over and over. You cannot learn something if you haven’t yet understood the lesson that came before that new one. In other words, do not be in a hurry to advance. Find time to slowly master every lesson. Math requires a lot of mastery. If you’ve gotten tired of the usual learning process, find other ways to understand the lesson. Look for illustrated materials that you can use for studying. Or find a food study buddy.
2. Learning and understanding math is a process. Do not try to solve problems without following this process.
Do not solve the problem in your mind while you are still reading it. If you do the solving in your mind in advance, you will not have enough time to analyze and understand the problem. Follow the step-by-step process. Read the problem, analyze and understand it, and then write down the problem before coming up with the solution. Do not attempt to compute in your head; write everything down. Do not try to do everything at one time because this will only complicate the situation and confuse you even more.
3. If it will help you understand the problem more, illustrate or draw it.
There are instances when understanding a problem becomes easier when it is interpreted through drawing. This is particularly the case for subjects like geometry, physics, and trigonometry, among others. If the word problem is too confusing for you, illustrate it or draw a picture of it.