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Yes! Math-Phobia. I’m also having that previously but after found the specific strategies, it leverages me. It’s important to learn math. Obviously you want good grades. But also it gives you tools to think better and understanding the world.

When I’m in school, I’m constantly struggle in math. I got good marks in other subjects. But I comes to know something I miss in the math subject. I got only upto 60 marks most of the times. I’m get into serious. Because it’s important for me to get good marks. I’m a huge fan of strategies and tactics. When I’m trapped into specific problem in any areas of my life, I start seeking the tactics to solve that, it’s my habit.

So, I switch into experiment mode which means I using some of the tactics and process in my studies. I got the results back. In end of the exam I got 96 marks. I learned a one lesson from my experience. Forcing maths is not effective way to learn math. It requires patience and time to master.

I’m going to outline the specific tactics which increase my marks. If you’re already to good at math, it makes you even more effective.

Things to Follow:

1: Detect the Prerequisites: You should learn alphabets before learning the words. It’s actually called as Prerequisites. In the process of learning math, you may miss some of the necessary things. Learning Algebra before is helpful to  learning calculus. Familiar with math terms is also important. So instead of saying math is hard, asking yourself, “What am I missing ?” and learn that first.

2: Clear Doubts Early:  Don’t hesitate to asking questions and clearing doubts. The quicker you clear your doubts, the quicker you learn the math subject

3: Growth Mindset: The Opposite of growth mindset is fixed mindset. Fixed mindset peoples are think that talent is fixed for them. But, Peoples who’re having growth mindset are think, that they can improve their ability with practice and patience. Incorporate this mindset is good.

4: Daily Budget: Consistency beats intensity. So, its important to study the math daily. Step by step you can achieve. Practice the math daily 30 minutes is better than studying straight 5 hours.

5: Concept/Formula sheet: Create the list of formulas and concepts is useful. Its useful before the exams because you revise the materials with ease.

UNDERSTANDING PART:

MASTER THE KEY CONCEPTS

Concept is plays an important role in mathematics. There is a concept behind in every problems. If you grasp the concepts then you can figure out the solution mentally. Definitely, Practice is important. But, Understanding the concepts is reduce the practice about half of the time. There is a method called ADEPT Method is leverage your understanding. It’s actually I gained from Kalid azad.

ADEPT METHOD:

A – Analogy: First, you should find the rough analogy to the concept. It’s can be anything. Perfection is not important here. Start finding something similar to the concept. You can find from your experiences and in your life. The key thing is have something to relate to the concept.

D – Diagram: Create a diagram based on the concept. It’s little bit difficult. But, nothing is difficult if you start seeking. You should engage half your brain for that.

E – Example: Take any example problem from your textbook and put it into the diagram. It’s make you figure out the structure of the problems

P – Plain text Description: If you already done the above 3 things then you may understood half of the concept. You create the experience with that concept. So, its the time to explain the concept plainly. Put concept in your own words.

T – Technical Description: It’s good to explain the concept plainly. But in exams, teachers expecting technical details. So, convert your plain understanding into technical understanding is a key thing.

I’m just give the summarized version of ADEPT Method. I don’t like to replicate what already done quite good. You are my readers, you may expect the examples of this ADEPT Method. So, I request you to check this out. 

ALT METHOD: FEYNMAN TECHNIQUE

I’m using this technique mostly. Because it is more straightforward. I’m already illustrate this technique in this post. But I like to outline the steps.

1: Write the Topic In Paper: Take a sheet of paper and write the topic at the top of the paper. It gives the context.

2: Explain as if you were teaching to others: Imagine the 5 year old child. Pretend yourself that you’re explaining the concept to 5 year old child. It makes you simplify the concept and it boost your understanding.

3: Fill the Holes: You may stuck at certain point when you’re explaining. It’s actually a good thing because it points out your holes and errors of your understanding. It’s the time to start gathering explanations that have the ability to fill the holes and fix the errors.

4: Analogies And Visualizations: After you finish the process you may grasp the concept. But, Using analogies and visualizations makes your understanding even more superior and permanent.

( In future, I’m going to write a article based only on this feynman technique. Stay tuned. )

These two techniques is super powerful. It’s your job to do this. Before get into practice math, master those concepts is leverage your ability in math.

PRACTICE PART:

Practicing the problems is puts you in next level in math. I’m also recommend, do the problems first before understanding the concepts. Because it gives the rough idea about what is important. Then you can use the those two method to get pure understanding of that.

There are two methods in Practice Part:

  1. Chunking
  2. Tri-Practice

CHUNKING:

It contains 6 simple steps. Chunking is the process of adding the tools in your brain. It creates a strong neural pattern. It just make the methods in math stick to your brain strongly.

1: Basic Idea: Pull the example problem and the solution of that from your math textbook. Understand each and every steps in the solution. It like a map. You should understand the map. The solution is a map of how to solve the problem. Get a complete understanding of the solution is the first step in chunking.

2: Do that Immediately: After you understand the solution. Try to do that in paper without seeing the solution. After you can check and fix the errors.

3: Do it AGAIN: Do that again in paper. So, now you did that two times

4: Do it before you sleep

5: Do that next day

6: Add New: After you learn and practice that. Take another type in your textbook and do the same process for that.

You may say, It’s time consuming. But it creates a strong neural pattern. It’s worth the time. Now you can solve any problem based on that specific type. But at the same time, you should have the ability to solve the creative problems. It can be solved by practicing diverse problems. Solving diverse problems is makes you familiar with the tools.

TRI-PRACTICE:

Three form of methods is what I call Tri-Practice:

  1. Standard Practice Testing
  2. Interleaved Practice
  3. Varied-Place Practice

1: STANDARD PRACTICE TESTING:

Its normal way of practice. Having the list of problems, solve that without seeing the solution. After you solved, compare with the original solution and fix the errors yourself.

2: INTERLEAVED PRACTICE:

Its little bit weird way of practice but in my opinion, it is more effective. The method is like do the Type 1 problem, next Type 2 problem, next Type 3 problem and comes to Type 1 problem. Its more of a scrambled way of practicing. In exams, mostly you face a scrambled way of questions. Every type of problem is mixed in the exams. So, mix up practice is effective way to handle exams.

3: VARIED-PLACE PRACTICE:

This method is based on changing the places every 30 minutes when you’re practicimg. It’s called as desirable difficulties. Even its give a kind of difficulties,it helps in retention.

Choose any one of the practice mode. And Practice the Problems. But don’t forget feedback is important. Because it shows your mistakes and it reveals your weakness. So, you can seal those things

VALUABLE SITES ( FOR MATH ):

1: Betterexplained: The founder of this site Kalid Azad explains the concepts in more intuitive way.

2: KhanAcademy

3: PatrickJMT

I hope this helps to tackle the math subject.

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