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Sudoku Puzzles Are Challenging - However Not For Math Majors

por Tamara Ashcroft (2022-08-30)

Do you want to raise a C to an A in algebra, ace the geometry final, or stay competitive in AP calculus? Set clear and specific math goals for yourself. You'll be more motivated, engaged and focused if you articulate a specific outcome and work toward it. Enlist the help of your teacher, classmates, parents, or a good local math tutor to help you stay on track.

In addition to the need to know the prior section, memorization alone will not work in solving math problems. [IMPORTANT see exception to this below].

Everyone learns in three ways - visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), and kinesthetic (hands-on). Most people have a preferred learning style, or favor a blend of two. Try to study math using approaches that fit your style. If you're unsure how you like to learn, try all of these ideas and keep what works best for you.

Numbers refer to the quantity of the items, not the size of the items. Your child also needs to understand that when we say "8 is bigger that 5" we mean that there are more items in 8, not that the items in the group of eight is bigger.

In the classroom, teachers and students become overwhelmed and unable to handle the scope or breadth of learning in this form. As teachers, we have to recognize that predominantly negative emotions surround math in middle-school, and that anything we can reduce those emotions will go a long way toward gains in learning learning. Placing a 500 page text in front of a 7th grade student is unlikely to help, so use it sparingly and build little, home-made notebooks for daily use.

Many children do much better when they can do actual hands on math problems; so one of the 10 ways to make learning math more fun is to use a tape measure or a ruler and have them search through the house for spoons which are the same size. Using a tape measure is a great way to teach them fractions as well.

Sloppy writing. To this I say slow it down and try harder. For many years I was a chronic "kind of sloppy math student". It wasn't until I became a math teacher that my writing improved. I had a reason to focus because I was modeling math solutions to students, my examples had to be clear, understandable and show keys steps. So I buckled down and made a real commitment to be neater- it was hard but eventually I created good math writing habits and it helped tremendously.

In the west we have this thinking that math is not important but that is not true. math increases the ability to logical thinking and who can say that logical thinking is bad for humans.

Furthermore, math can help children acquire problem solving skills, which they will use throughout their lives. Have you ever heard of the people that "have a mathematical brain?". It really does help to be good in math especially when you stumble upon problems.