Mathematics as a course, cut across all facets of life, be it Arts, Commerce, Science, Government, and lots more. And, since the studying of mathematics is unavoidable, understanding it is of utmost importance. In fact, we can be right to say; math is the basis for all things before science because most scientific theories, ideas, and researches came to be through the application of mathematical principles. Hence, there is a need for everybody to learn and know mathematics. Apart from the fact that math is inevitable in a daily life, its understanding also enhances performance in other fields or courses of study. This means that your knowledge ability in math will improve your grade in every other taken course.
Nevertheless, a quite number of people see math as a very difficult course to take, even after going through an o level math crash course. So many of these people thereby have a woeful performance in the course. The mindset has a whole lot to do in achieving success in every endeavor. When you have a mindset that mission is too difficult for you to accomplish, failure in that mission might likely be inevitable. Therefore, for your grade to be improved in math, the first thing I encourage you to have is a positive mindset towards achieving success in mathematics. Have a mindset that you want nothing other than improved grades in your course. When the issue of mindset is dealt with, you can easily adopt the other few approaches I will share now so that you can improve your grades.
Persistence is another point to knowing math. You are most likely to get anything you refuse to give up on. If there is a particular topic, part or formula that you aren’t getting in math, then you must persist in studying till you get it. A professor once said that “for you to retain 70% of something in your memory, you must study that thing ten times”. It means that you must examine and study that particular topic or formula, take series of examples on it until you’re contented with yourself, and do that over and over until you know it and it becomes part of you. And when working on math at this stage, do not make use of “pen” rather “pencil” because you’re bound to make mistakes which can easily be rectified through an eraser when the pencil is used.
Study friendly environment is another issue to be considered. When your mindset to studying is right, and you have a persistence attitude, your environment can utterly make or mar your efforts. Therefore, you must choose an environment that is study friendly. A place that is silent, cool, and distraction free. It must also not be an atmosphere you are too comfortable with. If you’re too comfortable studying, you may end up dosing off.
Lastly, be willing to learn and teach. Two major ways of acquiring knowledge are “asking questions” and “sharing knowledge.” A college Teacher who teaches a particular topic every time would soon be able to teach without the aid of any textbook because, by way of constant sharing of knowledge, he has become acquitted to it. When anybody comes to you in other to gain from you mathematically, try your best to share everything in your head with them. By doing this, you help yourself more than you help them. And secondly, if you need clarification on any topic or formula, never feel too big to ask those that know it. It will help you to get what you want.
If you can diligently apply these principles I share, it is only a matter of time for you to start experiencing a progressive improvement in your math grades.