THE EASIEST APPROACH TO ERASING ALL YOUR FEARS AND WORRIES ABOUT MATHEMATICS
‘Hhhhhhhhh! What a relief’
Someone would whisper when the maths class is over or when he realises his maths teacher would not make it to class.
This is to show the level of disgust and hatred some students have for mathematics. Students tremble at just the name of the subject and do not want to have anything to do with it. They skip maths classes, leave home works unattended, hate the subject as well as the teacher. All these will not help but make you worse on the subject.
I have put this article together to help students understand and know the easiest ways to deal with such fear, hatred and worry about mathematics.
This article pick points the basic approaches and steps that will eliminate and erase such fears and worries and at the same time, make you have a new and enjoyable approach towards the subject.
Mathematics can only be interesting when we understand it -its basic elements and methods.
If you understand mathematics, it’s pretty easy but if you don’t, ‘hmmm!’…it’s like trying to push a barrow without wheels.
I want to be rudimentary while dealing with these easy approaches;
RECOGNIZE YOUR WEAKNESS
The first step to solving any problem is identifying the problem. Any problem left unidentified goes unattended and this will make it grow worse. Try as much as possible to recognise the area you have a poor performance in. This will make room for the next step.
TACKLE YOUR WEAKNESS
After recognising where you have a poor performance, deal with it severely and try to strengthen your skills in such areas. Solve more problems in such areas as this will improve your ability and strengthen your mathematical skills.
DEVELOP PASSION FOR THE SUBJECT
There is a saying ‘where there is passion, there is no need for motivation’. If you develop the passion and love for the subject, it will make things a lot easier as you will need no one to force you to study the subject which helps improve your level of understanding and reduce your fears and worries.
GET CLOSE TO YOUR TUTOR
Getting close to the tutor is what most students can’t even think of. ‘I can’t stand the sight of that mean man’ they would say. One thing they fail to understand is that – the closer you are to your tutor, the more ready he is to help you. Have you seen the magic? Intimate tutors are always there to help you out. When you’re close to him, you’ll begin to find his classes more interesting and this will increase your focus.
You’re now close to your tutor and can seek for help anytime the need arises. You can also ask a classmate for help. This principle helps improve your understanding as things you did not understand are further explicated.
DO NOT COMPETE
Mathematics is not a competition so stop comparing yourself with your classmates who perform better than you. Just use them to challenge and set goals for yourself. Try to achieve such goals with dedication and passion.
SOLVE EASY/SIMPLE PROBLEMS FIRST
While studying, try to solve simple problems, equations and functions before moving to complex and intricate ones. This helps to arouse interest in solving such problems because when you get a question correct, you feel encouraged to forge ahead but when you start with the difficult ones, it gets you annoyed and you stop the study.
STUDY IN GROUPS
Studying (not discussing while reading like most students do) in groups helps to improve a student’s performance as most students feel more relaxed to ask questions in the midst of a few peers than in public. Find a good mathematics study group made of serious and studious students and try to introduce questions that give you problems for group brainstorming
SOLVE PROBLEMS FREQUENTLY
I can vividly recall my mathematics teacher’s sentence ‘the day you leave maths, it will also leave you’. He emphasised on the need for frequent problem-solving. By so doing, you become familiar with the topics and your understanding