Our 3 simple and essential mathematics study techniques!
There are many ways to study for mathematics but it’s often easy to forget to keep things simple! This blog post covers some essential mathematics study techniques that are not only straightforward and easy to do but also effective!
The best part is that the techniques outlined in this blog post have all been used by our tutors and academic resource developers in their journey not only through to the HSC but in university!
Number 1: Constantly Revise and Practice Question Sets
Schedule time once a week or more to go over your previous topics. Keeping on top of your previous topics already studied through conscious revision is the bread and butter of any study routine. By sticking to a steady schedule of revision you will find that you will approach upcoming examinations with more confidence and less stress! Some revision techniques include:
- Completing past papers.
- Redoing previous homework worksheet questions.
- Creating a cheat sheet of formulas, theories, and examples for you to test your memory and refer to during your study.
Number 2: Tackle Challenge Questions!
Challenge and test your limits regularly by including and attempting challenge questions for mathematics. Now, what are challenge questions? Challenge questions are simply those mathematics questions that are of a medium to high level of difficulty.The usual characteristics of a mathematics challenge question include:
- Needing multiple different topics and techniques to solve.
- Have a high mark allocation.
- Usually, need a degree of creativity to solve.
You can find these questions commonly in the last sections of past examination papers. Our tip is to print out and collate your own mini booklet of challenge questions from past exam papers for you to attempt when you’re feeling confident and have the time.
They are often time-consuming to complete but are very rewarding when solved. By attempting and solving challenge questions on a regular basis you not only increase your understanding of key techniques and concepts but also your ability to apply your creativity to solve problems.
So, be sure to include and attempt the more challenging problems into your study routine.
Number 3: Teach A Friend
Teaching a friend is one of the best methods to use for improving your math knowledge and finding gaps in your knowledge. By teaching something you force yourself to internalise the topics and concepts you’ve learned from school and tutoring so you can explain and present those topics and concepts to others effectively.
Teaching someone is also one of the quickest ways to find out where your gaps in knowledge are. The next time your teaching someone you may find that you have forgotten some part of the topic or that you aren’t able to answer a question the person your teaching is asking. When this happens it is a clear sign that you, yourself, are lacking in knowledge about that particular area and that you should probably spend some time going over it again.
So the next time you see someone struggling with a math’s topic don’t be afraid to go up and offer some help by teaching them!
We hoped you enjoyed our techniques for keeping mathematics study simple and easy to follow. Good luck with your studies!
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