Posted by Stepping Stones Education on 26/7/2016
With the mounting pressure of examinations and assessments, it’s easy to forget to keep things simple and in perspective. From our experiences here at Stepping Stones Education we can attest to these three Mathematics Study Techniques that have worked for not only ourselves but for our students, time and time again. Check them out below!
Number 1: Do Revision Through Question Sets
Attempting question sets are the bread and butter of any mathematics study routine, so that’s why it’s number one on our list of simple study techniques. Keep your knowledge and skill of important mathematics topics sharp by regularly working through past papers, previous homework questions, and further worksheet question sets.
We recommend using your school syllabus as a guide for which topics you should constantly revise over. Look ahead and anticipate from your syllabus and from your school’s past exam papers what topics and question variants are most likely to appear in your upcoming examinations. You should form your study schedule and routine around revising or learning those topics in advance.
Number 2: Do Tackle Challenge Questions!
Further your mathematic capabilities by solving challenge questions. Now, what are challenge questions? They are simply questions that are of a higher level of difficulty than what your usual questions from homework and worksheets would propose. They are questions that are often left till later, due to how time-consuming they are to complete.
Our recommendation is to keep a folder or booklet of these sort of questions so that you can attempt them when you’re done with your usual course of question sets from homework, past papers, and worksheets.
It’s important to not leave difficult or challenging questions out of your study diet. Challenge questions are designed to test your understanding of the topic. Solving one usually means you have gained a greater understanding of the topic itself, and will be more likely to successfully attempt a challenge question when they appear in an exam.
Number 3: Do Teach a Friend
Teaching a friend is one of the best methods for improving not only your mathematical knowledge but any type of knowledge! No other technique makes it more apparent what you’re missing in terms of skill and knowledge than to teach or simply explain it to a friend.
The next time you find a friend or study buddy struggling to answer a question, offer to assist them by teaching it and explaining it to them. If you’re having difficulty finding willing participants to teach, then explaining or discussing whatever it is you’re attempting to make sense of in front of a mirror or empty living room works too.
We hoped you enjoyed our three simple study techniques that are sure to make your study sessions more straightforward and productive! We want to thank Tutors Field for as well for working with us to share these helpful tips.
Author: Sim K