7 Tips to Eliminate your fear of Mathematics

7 Tips to Eliminate your fear of Mathematics

  • 22/05/2019
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Students would generally agree that mathematics is a challenging subject. Math syllabus has become progressively challenging for various reasons.

The predominant reason would be that as the world continues to progress in its technological developments and more talented young mathematicians are required.

Mathematics has abstract concepts and various nuances to it which may seem difficult to grasp in the initial stages. The interesting part is that this subject has various forms of real-life applications since we can see its manifestation all around us.

Understanding and internalization of mathematical concepts can be easy for some students while others may unfortunately lag behind.

So, here are 7 tricks that you could follow in order to get rid of your fears and doubts in mathematics -

 

#1: BUILD YOUR BASE

 

Mostly, the reason for the intimidation with regards to the subject is the lack of a strong foundation in the basic mathematical concepts.

No matter how small a concept maybe, it is crucial to be clear of what it offers and expects before moving on to the next topic.

As an example - in Singapore’s education system, it is made sure that the core concepts are strengthened through systematic practice. Students are exposed to numerous types of questions to test their knowledge of the concepts.

Therefore, children gain confidence when they are able to comprehend concepts and solve problems easily. This automatically eradicates the primary reason of the fear of mathematics. 

 

#2: PRACTICE

 

The best way to build confidence in Mathematics is through practice. Even math tutors are well aware of this fact and hence implement this in their teaching method.

For example, if a student is performing poorly on a particular topic, like the ‘Pythagorean theorem’, what a math tutor would do is to first review the basics of the topic and explain what the concept is all about, why it is important and how it is being utilized in the real-world context.

In order to build the confidence, the tutor will assign lots and lots of practice questions on that topic.

By completing them, getting them marked and reviewed, and thereafter practicing more will enable the student to excel for sure!

 

#3: CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

 

Yes, this is slightly challenging to develop, but it can be done nonetheless! This is also known as higher order thinking skills, which are extremely necessary for students to have mastered in order to excel in mathematics.

By cultivating this skill from the initial stages, analyzing, hypothesizing, testing and deriving the step-by-step solution to arrive at the final answer will be an easy task.

All that’s needed is plenty of targeted practice!

 

#4: SEEK SUPPORT

 

It is not wise to dive into something that’s challenging all alone.

A tutor's specialized guidance gives a sense of companionship and happiness while learning and it rids the feeling of being lonely.

In students’ academic journey, a professional maths tutors will support a student at every step of the way no matter what happens. Teachers are there to encourage students to rise from failures with courage, and to celebrate every accomplishment.

This is help in a tremendous way and you will realize its impact at the end of the educational journey for sure.

 

#5: BE DISCIPLINED

 

This may sound like an odd advice but it’s the key to excelling in mathematics. It is crucial for students to “ritualistically” practice every day and stay proactive in seeking help immediately.

This goes beyond helping a student to excel in math; it helps him or her succeed in life.

If you want to get better at a subject, the key is to practice it daily with discipline.

Every day should be taken as an opportunity to overcome your fear of mathematics.

 

#6: EMBRACE FAILURE

 

It’s tough to rise from any downfall and math is no exception. An ‘F’ grade on the test paper is a rectifiable problem.

Remember that nothing is the make or break. What’s most important is continuous hard work to improve and excel!

Failure isn’t the end of road, so take it as an opportunity to be better and perform well for the next chance.

 

#7: DROP THE EGO

 

The first step to gaining knowledge is to admit that you do not know something.

Be attentive during lessons, during your tuition sessions, and be willing to listen to the extra information that your friends might share with you as well.

This is one of the stepping stones to achieving you’re ‘A’ grade in mathematics.

 

IN CONCLUSION

It is indeed true that an expert was once a beginner, and hence it’s okay to underperform in something.

The most important thing is to rise from a setback with confidence, maintain patience and be disciplined throughout the journey.

Maths is a wonderful subject with applications in every field – so you must not fear it but rather use the above tips and tricks to overcome your fear of mathematics.

 

 

Author Bio: Steffen Carter is a Singapore Math Tutor associated with ChampionTutor – One of the best tuition agency. He enjoys working with students very much. He has a positive attitude and a passion to assist and motivate struggling learners.

 


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