Most of the students find mathematics a difficult, disengaging or even a stressful subject but every student has to study it at one time or another. Mathematics, however, is an essential, exciting and very beautiful part of our world. It enables cutting-edge advancements within a number of important fields, like engineering, science, business, and technology. The problem that most of the students have is that they don’t know how to study maths to get good results.
Here we have come with some tricks and techniques for studying maths that you can follow regardless of your level. You might end up developing more interest and love for this particular subject till reaching the end of this article.
Top 7 Tricks to Master Mathematics that will help you form a better understanding of the so called toughest subject are:
1. Master Your Basics and Concepts
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The most prominent reason that people struggle in maths is that their basics and fundamentals are not fully developed. Remember, do not ever try to memorise the processes involved in the solution of a Mathematical problem. This is will prove to be counter-productive. It is much better to focus on understanding the process and logic behind it. To get a good command over the subject, be clear with the key concepts. It will help you in the lifelong run. For example: Algebra and Geometry are the building blocks for the more advanced math later on.
2. Self-Study is the Key
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This is another most efficient way of mastering Maths. Engaging yourself in self-study will help you understand the concepts the better and make you acquainted with the tough topics. Whenever you are stuck trying to solve part of a Maths problem and find it difficult to move on to the next stage then be affirmed to spend time trying to understand the process of solving that problem. Once you will grasp the understanding of the initial problem, it will become easier to progress to the remainder of the question.
3. Practice Hard
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This is probably the best key to unlock the success in every field. Same implements here too. It is impossible to study maths properly by just reading and listening. To study maths you have to roll up your sleeves and actually solve some problems. Practicing will help to keep the concepts and basics to get firmed to your brain. Each problem has its own characteristics and it’s important to have solved it in numerous ways before tackling the exam.
4. Be Good at Tables
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‘Be good at tables’ mean learn the tables up to 20 at least, and that by heart just the way you do A to Z. So, if you don’t have tables in your mind then start it up right now. Remember, there is no end to learning. This will help to simplify various questions involving multiplication, division, square, square roots, LCMs, HCFs, etc. on tips.
5. Be Familier with the Tricks to Calculate Faster and Easier
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Thre are certain other methods which you could use to make the calculations easier. There are many tricks to solve the questions. You know with practice, you will be able to tailor some even. You could probably use Vedic mathematics techniques as well for the calculation.
Some are explained below:
Quick Square root
Best method to find square root of large numbers is by dividing the number into parts as done in the following example:
- Find √ 1936
√ 1936 = √ 4 × √ 484 = √ 4 × √ 4 × √ 121 = 2×2×11 = 44
Multiply by 11
Take the original number and imagine a space between the two digits for example in 63 take 6_3
Now add the two numbers together and put them in the middle:
So you have the answer: 693.
Dividing by 5
Dividing a large number by five is actually very simple. All you do is multiply by 2 and move the decimal point:
525 / 5
Step1: 525 * 2 = 1050
Step2: Move the decimal: 105.0 or just 105
6. Apply Maths to Real World Problems
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As much as possible, try to apply real-world problems when approaching maths. Maths can be very abstract sometimes so looking for a practical application can help change your perspective and assimilate ideas differently. Say, you are practicing finding average of numbers, then why don't you chose this number out of an activity that is interesting; like finding the average score by Sachin Tendulkar at ODIs.
7. Create a Mathematic's Dictionary
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Prepare your own Mathematics dictionary that will include all the specific terms used, various folmulae and theorems. Try to create notes or flashcards with all the concepts and definitions you need to know. Also include their meanings, some key points and even some related examples so you can recall them at any time and recap.
All the above given tips if followed properly, will surely make Mathematics a much easier and interesting subject for you, thereby helping you to score better marks in this particular subject.