Sometimes when we struggle with a subject it’s hard to see clearly how to get it right. I’ve decided to dish out a few simple tips on how to improve your maths. So take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Quite often it’s the little changes combined that make a big difference to the outcome. I hope you find it useful.
Master one subject matter before going on to anything else. If you don’t you may get lost further down the line if you don’t get the basics absolutely right. Don’t forget to get help if you need it.
Don’t rush it, take your time.
Be prepared, look at plenty examples to get whatever you’re doing clear in your head.
Draw diagrams or pictures of it if that works for you.
Apply maths to your everyday situations, do puzzles, test yourself and use online maths tests and quizzes to mix things up and inject a bit of fun into it.
Think of your brain like it’s a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes.
Find the right study time of the day for you.
Be organised, make a timetable of when you’re going to practise your maths and stick to it. Regular study really pays off, it doesn’t have to be a long period of time, just often, so don’t frazzle yourself out.
You are what you think. Keep a positive attitude. If you think you can’t do it, then you’ll start to believe it.
Think of it as a challenge. Each time you get something right feel a sense of achievement, you’re doing well.
Feed your brain – eat the right foods that don’t make your brain crash (so cut down on the sugar), and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Dehydration contributes to lack concentration!
Make sure you’re not too tired, otherwise if you get stuck your patience will be shorter. Don’t work late at night.
Remember that everyone learns at different speeds in different ways so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get something and others do. You will get it eventually, it just takes some regular practise.
Use different tools to learn and practise – Stuck on Homework has the whole maths curriculum with bitesize video lessons, test yourself quizzes, Key Stage is free, or you can get 2 for the price of 1 for example buy GCSE maths and get A-Level maths free! Make sure which ever online resource you use that it is trusted and ensure it is following the curriculum if that’s what you need.
Don’t be scared of maths, embrace it, and your confidence in it will follow.