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maureenrenee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM via web

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What is the best way to study for Math and make it interesting?

What is the best way to study for Math and make it interesting?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Answer #2)

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As with any subject, the best way to study math depends upon your preferred learning style. Once you have identified the method of learning that best suits your individual personality, you can apply the techniques of that methodology to your math content to make your studies interesting and effective.

If you learn best when you see the information, you might make posters or notecards with the information you are learning. Use color-coding to help with organizing the facts. Create tables or diagrams or charts to help you see how the parts of the material relate to each other.

If you are an auditory learner and need to hear things to remember them, make up song lyrics or raps with the information you need to know and repeat them to yourself whenever possible. If your textbook has an audio version on the internet, take advantage of this and listen to it when you are reviewing.

If you learn best with your hands, make physical representations for your information. Build three-dimensional models of geometric forms. Cut out symbols or numerals for formulas from sandpaper and reassemble them on paper so you can trace and feel the forms of the variables. Use cards, counters, beads, whatever you have available and find helpful to allow you to manipulate the basis of the information you need to learn.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2012 at 2:55 AM (Answer #4)

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You can find ways to relate math to your life.  For example, you might find out what the practical application of the math you are studying is.  If you are studying gemoetry and algebra, you can use these to plan how much paint you would need if you were going to paint your room, for example, and how much it would cost.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #5)

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I have to agree that finding a way to apply it to your life would certainly help. Unfortunately, many people are simply put off by math given its difficulty. I would suggest that you buckle down and study regardless of your like or dislike. Some subjects are those which are mastered by necessity and not enjoyment.

 

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:40 AM (Answer #6)

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I think the best way to study math is practice.  Download (or ask your teacher for) some practice problems.  If you have a lot of terms or formulas to memorize, you might consider making flashcards.  I'm sure that doesn't sound very interesting but you can make the process fun.  I used to enjoy creating and decorating flash cards to study.  You can also usually find some interesting math problems.  Word problems can be particularly fun if you can find an interesting source.  For instance, find (or create your own) word problems about things you find interesting.  Maybe they are word problems that contain a joke.  Maybe they are word problems about your friends.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM (Answer #7)

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Maths is an amazing subject but unforenuately many of us get scared by looking at complicated symbols. To me personally, maths is a riddle. Just like in a riddle, they words at first confuse u but if u give it a thought with a relaxed mind, u'll always get an answer. The relation of maths with music is also completely incredilbe and helpful - i.e. listening to music while solving often helps me solve things i neva thought i could.
& to mke maths easy, always keep in mind to brush up ur basic skills. If ur foundation is strong, ur gnna cmpletly rock out MAths!!

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM (Answer #8)

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As with any subject, the best way to study math depends upon your preferred learning style. Once you have identified the method of learning that best suits your individual personality, you can apply the techniques of that methodology to your math content to make your studies interesting and effective.

If you learn best when you see the information, you might make posters or notecards with the information you are learning. Use color-coding to help with organizing the facts. Create tables or diagrams or charts to help you see how the parts of the material relate to each other.

If you are an auditory learner and need to hear things to remember them, make up song lyrics or raps with the information you need to know and repeat them to yourself whenever possible. If your textbook has an audio version on the internet, take advantage of this and listen to it when you are reviewing.

If you learn best with your hands, make physical representations for your information. Build three-dimensional models of geometric forms. Cut out symbols or numerals for formulas from sandpaper and reassemble them on paper so you can trace and feel the forms of the variables. Use cards, counters, beads, whatever you have available and find helpful to allow you to manipulate the basis of the information you need to learn.

Very very true..

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:47 AM (Answer #10)

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There are some really interesting study books that are used for math and are really interesting and fun at the same time so it fuels your excitement to learn! There are also great math tutorial videos that explains concepts fully and also give great walk through videos.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 6:25 AM (Answer #11)

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In my opinion, the best way to study math and make it interesting is to think how this would apply to real life and things I like. For example, if a word problem talks about cars and oil, I change the 'cars' to brownies and the 'oil' to cake mix. 

*Using food will help you learn as well.

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chrisyhsun | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM (Answer #12)

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The best advice I can give for studying math is to make sure you fully understand the concepts, not just memorizing them. For some tests, memorization will work. For studying in a time crunch (as in when the test is the next day and you still have homework from other subjects to deal with), memorization will pass. However, not fully understanding the underlying reasons why the concept is what it is will make it more difficult for you to apply what you have learned to new formats of questions that the teacher may throw your way on a test. You have to be comfortable manipulating the concepts in order to have the skills to tackle any problem.

As for making the subject more fun, the above advice from taangerine about using food could definitely make the subject more interesting! Another way (again using food) is to set up a rewards system in which you reward yourself with a Cheez-it/Goldfish/Wheat Thin/gummy bear once you finish a problem.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted August 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM (Answer #13)

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I hated series and sequences. I always confused the two and just plain disliked them. Then I read some number theory books and watched number theory youtube videos. This supplementary material made series and sequences " click " for me. I've come to see them as almost beautiful and wonderfully mysterious with their unique properties. 

Seek math beyond the classroom and maybe you'll find a medium that works for you. I suggest number theory because its broad and encompasses many topics not covered in school. 

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komalsinghudeck | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM (Answer #3)

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 Well its the same reason a lot of people hate raddish or bittergourd. They've been forced to have it because, they are told that it's good for you", but they can neither see nor perceive those benefits and it is being served by mostly uninspired cooks who don't much care for its taste either.

But when it comes to MATHS.. people often start shammering reason being is u run from something u r afraid of.. The bottom line is that do not tak it as burden. recalling my childhood days, even I use to shun creatively from MATHS. My father use to say that ''MATHS is systematic, u go systematic n you'll find the solution. Basic concepts should be clear. the base is what matters. having a strong base leads to clear fundas.

Interest will develop on its own. Do it as a recreational activity. Brain becomes all the more sharp. Just like galvanzing prevents iron from rusting, same ways solving MATHS prevents brain from rusting. 

So there is nothing as such getting bored, its all fun with numbers. But u must create interest to have a better command over it.

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