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In solving some past questions, I am finding it hard to meet up with the stipulated time given, especially in subjects involving calculations. How can I solve this?

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7 Tips for Maths Problem
Solving
1. Practice, Practice & More Practice
It is impossible to study maths properly by just reading
and listening. To study maths you have to roll up your
sleeves and actually solve some problems. The more
you practice answering maths problems, the better. Each
problem has its own characteristics and it’s important to
have solved it in numerous ways before tackling the
exam. There is no escaping this reality, to do well in a
Maths exam you need to have solved a LOT of
mathematical problems beforehand.
2. Review Errors
When you’re practising with these problems, it’s
important to work through the process for each solution.
If you have made any mistakes, you should review them
and understand where your problem-solving skills let
you down. Understanding how you approached the
problem and where you went wrong is a great way of
becoming stronger and avoiding the same mistakes in
the future.
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3. Master the Key Concepts
Do not try to memorise the processes. This is counter-
productive. It is much better and rewarding in the long-
run to focus on understanding the process and logic that
is involved. This will help you understand how you
should approach such problems in the future.
Remember that Maths is a sequential subject so it’s
important to have a firm understanding of the key
concepts that underpin a mathematical topic before
moving on to work on other, more complex solutions
which are based on understanding the basics.
4. Understand your Doubts
Sometimes you can get stuck trying to solve part of a
maths problem and find it difficult to move on to the
next stage. It’s common for many students to skip this
question and continue on to the next. You should avoid
doing this and instead spend time trying to understand
the process of solving the problem. Once you have
grasped an understanding of the initial problem, you can
use this as a stepping stone to progress to the remainder
of the question.
Remember : Maths requires time and patience to master.
It is a good idea to study with a friend who you can
consult with and bounce ideas off when trying to solve
complex problems.
5. Create a Distraction Free Study Environment
Mathematics is a subject that requires
more concentration than any other. A proper study
environment and a distraction free area could be the
determining factor when solving complex equations or
problems in geometry, algebra or trigonometry!
Studying with music can help create a relaxing
atmosphere and stimulate the flow of information.
Having suitable background music can foster an
environment of maximum concentration. Of course, you
should steer clear of Pitbull and Eminem, instrumental
music is the best thing in these times.
Our blog post “Music for Studying: 10 Tips to Pick the
Best Study Music ” gives more advice on picking the best
study music for you.
6. Create a Mathematical Dictionary
Mathematics has specific terminology with a lot
of vocabulary . We suggest you create Notes or
Flashcards with all the concepts, terminology
and definitions you need to know. You should include
their meanings, some key points and even some sample
answers so you can consult them at any time and recap.
7. Apply Maths to Real World Problems
As much as possible, try to apply real-world problems
when approaching maths. Maths can be very abstract
sometimes so looking for a practical application can
help change your perspective and assimilate ideas
differently.
Probability, for example, can be used in everyday life to
predict the outcome of something happening and
determine whether you want to take a risk such as if you
should buy a lottery ticket or play.
Oh and don’t forget that it’s also important to have
confidence in yourself and face the exam knowing that
you have prepared properly!
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