Very few people in this world actually enjoy math and that is understandable; math is boring, tedious and is always increasing in difficulty. No matter how much you hate the subject, you will still be tested on it throughout your grade level and higher learning career. You know it is coming, so here is how to best it:
1. Math is not unlike every other subject you will become versed in, it requires practice. In fact, it may require more practice than any other subject. Repetition is key; you have to do problems over and over until you feel secure about how to answer them. You should be working out practice problems on a daily basis, increasing in difficulty as you get your bearings.
2. Methods and formulas play an important role in mathematics; you can’t work every problem out in the same way, there are rules. This is the reason why math is such a difficult subject to be proficient in. Success begins with understanding the rules and knowing which methods and formulas to use and when to use them. Talk with your math teacher and get the foundation knowledge before tackling anything more.
3. Once you have a grasp of the formulas, make a cheat sheet. Obviously, you can’t use the sheet during the test, though some teachers have been known to allow it. If you can, really focus on getting everything you need onto it. If you can’t, don’t fret; it helps retention to write things down. Copy down the formulas over and over, rehearsing each in your mind. Come test day, you will feel much more prepared.
Tips For Test Taking
1. It’s finally test day and you have studied carefully; now what to do? Right off the bat, write down all of your formulas in the margins on your exam. During the test, you are likely to forget some things under all the stresses of test taking. You can look back at the formulas if you get a brain cramp later on.
2. Math examinations are tricky; you have to read every single part of the question and understand the directions thoroughly. You might overlook something crucial if you just skim the questions like you can do in any other subject.
3. Estimations may not get you points on the exam, but they can be helpful. For instance, an educated guess in the direction of 200 will automatically eliminate outliers like 1500 or 25. You will have greater success when trying to place the correct answer later.
4. Write everything out in detail. Showing your work is often required, but it is a great habit to get into either way. If you make a small mistake somewhere, it is easy to see if everything is written out. Otherwise, you have to start the equation over to try and get a different answer.
5. Check and re-check your answers thoroughly. Redo the questions that you are unsure of and see if you get the same answer the second time. Check for mistakes here and there, re-reading the directions to see if you understood everything correctly.