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How Do I Improve My Maths?

My major is Economics. I'm very good at all my other courses even Statistics. But, Math is usually 50-60% (I sometimes fail my tests). What's wrong with me? It's been like this since high school. I was thinking of going to see our Pastor for deliverance but I think he'll just laugh it off and tell me to study.

Math geniuses and others, how do I improve my Math grades?

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One good way to solve your problem is to go back to basics in mathematics. Not minding your present status go back and start from indices, simple simultaneous equation and such things. In our days it was form three work this days possibly Jss3 or SS1 work. When you master the basic it will be easier to build on it. mathematics is like building, when the foundation is poor it becomes difficult to built on it if not practically impossible.

I am very sure that if you can just commit more interest, get some one to help you , start learning the basics continue to build on it very soon you will become a force to reckon with in mathematics

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I also had the math problem during my latter junior schooldays but after my junior WAEC i asked my sister(who was in art )to teach me the intro of maths in ss1 and then the rest was practice and self given tests tht sometimes did not end well but by the time i got to ss3 i even had a 97 in addiditional math placing me first in one of the most competitive schools in nigeria.this was someone that once had a 30 in ordinary math.my WAEC came out with an A1 and neco C5 in math.everything said still comes down to the same point; inconsistent practiceand determination even if it means denying sleep.Who knows you might just end up a math proffessor, coz once you begin to know math, you become addicted to solving it.

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Maths is the simplest of all the subjects.When people complain of not knowing i used to be confused.I don't believe that anybody who is seriously want to know will find it difficullt.IT IS FEAR ,WHICH IS ENEMY OF HOPE.I advice you to pick primary school maths and read it with an open mind.You will discover that it is as cheap as ABC.secondly,learn your formulae but they change.

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Hello guy all you need do is to devote your time on the aspect you feel you are lacking behind by consulting the good ones.

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Everything in life is about concept. I will advice you to start from elementary maths, this may sound funny but will elementary maths, secondary schol one and the before you go to the high leve ones, you will get the basic and work you way up. Life is like build blocks once the foundation is not right you need to go down to the root and do some basic then the top will be easier. There are some online resources that can help, like the bbc websites for kids.Best of luck.

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Read more, complain less.

It worked for me

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by Gods grace i am very good in mathematics and have been teaching the subject since i left secondary school.so if you are any where close to port harcourt, i might be of help to you. God bless you as you strive to be a better person for we need mathematicians like you in Nigeria today.

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u dey score 50-60 for maths u dey complain,

wetin u wann score 110, 105 abi wetin

me self wey i study maths for 4yrs in school nah struggle i struggle take grad

i remember 1 particular lecturer in sch then,

despite the fact say nah course rep i be,

the highest grade i had in his course for about 3yrs was c

nobody had an A thru out.

as an econs student and u are scorin 50-60 in maths,

i tink u are okay

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Maths is easy with a well explanatory and good instructor not one with a cane.

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The first thing to do is to change any negative perception you've got about mathematics. Then you start working as if afresh. Get the easiest of your maths textbooks and start working on it from page 1. Make sure you are also dealing with practice questions too. I tried it and it worked. Today I can thank God for a nice record in Maths and Further Maths. After that, you can move on to tougher topics and textbooks. Also make sure you talk to Jesus about the whole issue and bingo! you're on your way to being a MATHEMATICS GURU!

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maths is very easy if you want it to be,  its just like 1+1 we all know it, even when sleeping,

that is how easy it is.

but the problem is this: most of us, see maths as a very difficult subject and as a result

maths now tend to be what they think it is=difficult but its not

the only way u can improve your maths today is to get a junior grade mathematics book let say. JSS 1. study it, do all the exercises, it will help you alot before you know it, you will be one maths guru.

i wish u all the best as you learn maths.

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Hi All,

There have been a lot of meaningfull contributions on this topic. I have some contributions to make,

1) Habit will take further than desire (this is a fact). Ever since I mastered Mathematics I have always been an A-student, a long time ago about 20years ago. Its like the rich get richer.

In my All University Mathematics courses I had 2Bs and all As in Mathematics and Statistic Courses( I read Electrical Engineering)

2) What you don't know you don't know, at best you can only guess. If you read what you don't understand, then what have you gsined.

Ask someone who is wiser and much better than yourself. This holds true for most aspects of life.

I play chess, and from an average player I became a very strong player in a short time(1year), mostly by playing with much stronger opponents.

3) Don't confuse the price with the value. (The price you will pay in becoming good at Maths is nowhere compared to the value you will gain from it over the next 10 years. Example of my life, I have never failed a job aptitude test once it contains Maths. Sometimes I take such tests for fun.

If you need more tips I can give. But you need to be specific.

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hi that is very good question u ask this thing affect alot of people now adays but i will tell u to improove in your amth and practise more and more and if u have not get it go to the people that know it very well and tell them to teach you private ok and even there are some u u can easily get this i have a e-book that also boost my own knowledge which is good for me till now but practise

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i had aproblem with physics while i was in secondary school because i didnt like my physics teacher.i didnt like him coz he smoked and after that he will leak tomtom n i was so sensitive to that.d best i ever had was a D.i managed to have a C6 in SSCE.In university i wrote it thrice before eventually i was let go.so change ur mind set.i know you can pass it excellenty if only you believe you can .spend more time with it

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Not just in mathematics alone in everything you do,you need to be determined, focus, deligent and practices constantly to keep you fit on your field in that way you will surely improve.

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What I have to tell you is that, heaven help those who help themselves, so practice makes perfect, work harder and call on your God for support. I believe with these, you will surely make it.

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Thnx guys for the advice. You guys are motivating me and I know that it isn't as difficult as I once thought. After all, if others can be math gurus, so can I cos they don't have 2 heads.

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To me, maths is the simplest subject so far.

Once you adopts these learning skills. I believe you won't need not read widely for exams, you will need just revision

1. Listen : listening is the first learning skill. You give 100% attention to your tutor. As you listen to learn you should also learn to listen.

2. Watch: As you listen to verbal msg from ur tutor, you should also look to grab all non-verbal communication.

3. Write : note taking and note making. Jot all the necessary point been taught in class

4. Concentration : This is the golden key that open the door of success.

5. Read: This, you can do by liasing with other maths gurus around you.

Best of luck

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Basically Maths is all about interest and ur teacher, I can help u out if u don't mind,

Tell me the particular area where u are having difficulties, elgaxtonatgmaildotcom

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so u mean math is difficult 4 u?

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Do you have a computer?Buy a software or mathematics dvd tutorial.Explore,They are in the market

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concentrate!

play some mathimatical games and puzzles

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hello,

The solution to your problem here and now is getting practical teaching / lectures in the comfort of your home , whenever convinent for you. they come in CD's volumns 1 - 10 of various mathematical topics.

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Wish you all the best

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My own advice is dat you should get a GOOD private teacher for maths.He will teach u every aspect of mathematics as i did in my own time and it helped me a lot.In fact people were surprised about my improvement.You also need hardwork and personal workings and practice.Good luck

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Mathematics can be very simple, yet it can be very tricky and tough (complicated math problems etc.). Though you can very much improve in your math grades, there'll always be two types of mathematicians;

1. The hardlearner mathematician

2. The hardlover mathematician

To be a hardlearner mathematician,

a) you have to increase your interest in the subject.

b) you have to attend math lectures @ all times

c) you have to ask questions when you don't fully understand

d) you have to know the formulae of given problems by heart "learn to memorise formulae"

e) you have to solve math problems on your own, then meet others to help you whenever you're stuck

f) you have to be eager to solve past questions, and work to time yourself "its not only accuracy but also speed"

g) you have to go for extra lessons in topics you need to brush yourself with

h) you have to task yourself, go the extra mile, and read ahead of topics not yet treated in class.

i) always be prayerful and ask for God's favour, his knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

To be a hardlover mathematician,

a) you have to love maths with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.

b) you have to be enthusiastic when faced with math problems

c) you have to know all relevant formulae by heart

d) you dont always have to solve questions based on basic steps or previous examples, "always think outside the box"

e) you need to always read between the lines and understand specifically what the questions is asking you to do. Word problems can be confusing wih this.

f) you need to be able to interrelate formulae with each other, you need to be able to work from the known to the unknown systematically but logically

g) you need to study ahead of time, solve hard and complex problems, and even go beyond the scope of the course

h) you need to be able to study past questions and solve questions using more than one method. Practice to time yourself, so you not only get the correct answers, but you also finish ahead of time.

i) whenever you finish, always go through your work carefully rather than submitting hastily, people always make little mistakes that costs much.

j)above all always be prayerful to God, cos he's the giver of knowledge, wisdom and understanding.

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interesting, about some years ago, i had same problem. what i did then was that i cast away fear and strongly believe that i can be the best. in attempt to achieve my goal i made sure that i attend class always and do a lot of practices and moreso i move closer to colleagues that knows more than i do and still learn more from them and soon after i started this way i make it. infact other colleagues then now see me as a guru i even stand to compete with those i spy to knw from. i think i was the secretary of maths club in those days.

i essence, to know something requires strong determination , perserverance and not to undermine colleagues who knows better than u do . today i am graduate of bus admin even in my university days i still learn from colleagues i considered to know more than i do.

try this principle and with God by your side u will make it.

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hello,

i know what your plight is as regards mathematics as a subject. its really easy as others must have told you. i have another suggestion however, that is if you will like to apply it. From the comfort of your home, you can become the best by watching practical demonstrations of these vearious maths topics that had proved difficult to you in the past.

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Practice solving Math problems as much as u can. . . . . .at least everyday. . , . . .

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GET EASY WITH MATHS

hay, there is true students think that maths is hardest subjectat all

BUT I SAY IT'S DE easiest, 'why' b/cos it's subject you can get ride ofr how,

when i was in school i got the same problem till i met a maths teacher, who gave me all de secret of maths which really sent me out from school with B3 to my waec result you can still ve the secret if you wish to by quickly senting your mail address to 2347030863080 to recieve an instant message that culd really turn you to a maths masscre.

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I would confess to you that up till this day, I still suck at maths, though i have a degree in com/science and work as a communications engineer, I feel so weird at times when called upon to solve some questions relating to calculations, but as they say"there's no shame in admitting you don't know", I use the "I don't know" technique and its worked several times for me,

There was this time i came home from school with a bad maths score, and my dad just threw himself at me and charged all night like a bull, my mom EVEN suggested i prayed for retentive memory, LMAO!!!, I have a good record with other subjects but when it comes to maths, i shudder y'all,

I think the problem lies from the grassroots, when the 1+1 factor doesnt sink in properly, it becomes a problem later for that person,

Cheers

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@ Whiterose, ur face is so fricken familiar, i'm wondering if i've met u somewhere. R u a Niger Deltan?

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@ Richyblack

Thanks for the repartee , couldn't have come at a better time

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I think you need to sustain your goals in every thing you do as long as those goals are sustained in you, you imbibe the value of hard work, in other words you must find out what your weaknesses are in the subject, try to find to find out why you hate the subject, in most cases it my be the fault of the teacher or lecturer, once a student hates his or her teacher the subject is definitely condemned. so my dear try not to run away from maths, see it as your younger brother or a baby you want to deal with and may God help you. One more thing practice makes perfect

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@ Poster,

I guess you already have an idea of what you need to do to improve your mathematical skilss, mathematics is like a language and there is a tendency to be scared if you do not understand the language, my advise is not to see mathematics as a subject that needs to be passed but as an every day way of life,go thorugh basic mathematics textbooks and understand it in your own way, this will ofcourse involve trying so many questions and adding your own personal touch to it.

I used to be in your shoes or rather in a worse situation than yours, in the first 4 years of my secondary school at FGC, i NEVER passed mathematics and felt pythagoras theorem was the meanest formular in the world but then when my dad realised i was no good and moved me to a day school in Lagos to start in Class 3 when my mates in FGC where in Class 5, I made up my mind to catch up with my mates and make up for lost ground as i was ashamed of myself. I started to see mathematics in a new light as i wasn't under pressure to pass as my dad had already told me to keep my report cards to myself and i could read almost leisurely, to cut the long story short mathematics became my best subject and my first degree is in mathematics and statistics. The secret is to solve atleast one question a day and before you know it becomes part of you and move with friends who enjoy showing off their maths skills. This was how i overcame the fear of maths and it might not work for everyone but once you remove the element of fear you can do anything. When i saw you post it brought back memories at least you are lucky to get 60%, some of us were getting 33% then (over 20 yrs ago), this is the jet age if you are not sure about the way a textbook has explained or solved a problem go to google scholar and i am sure you will find alternative ways of approaching it.

Mathematics is a skill that will forever be useful to you. I wish you goodluck

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Maths the foundation matters alot

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@ poster

You are not alone on this, we have so much in common. But, I believe with good textbooks and seriousness, it's an issue that can be dealt with.

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@buckwheat: Nice contirbutions.

I used 'Bunday' from my secondary school days. I still referred to it in my university.

I think Adavanced Engineer Mathematics by Erwin Kreyzig is worth looking at. (It tickles the brain).

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U can improve ur maths by just making sure U practise solving so many questions under different topics all the time. It's simple.

i didn't know Mathematics when I was in JSS class too, but when i got to SSS Class, I dedicated more time to it and Alas!, I am a Maths Genius today.

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U can improve ur maths by just making sure U practise solving so many questions under different topics all the time. It's simple.

i didn't know Mathematics when I was in JSS class too, but when i got to SSS Class, I dedicated more time to it and Alas!, I am a Maths Genius today.

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You sound like a true enthusiast!

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its doesn't end with your practicing it always you have to look for a good tutor who will be able to work with you through your difficult areas in maths,will be patient enough to carry you through and will be able to engender confidence in you that you can make it

then you devote more time to solving simple questions on maths before movign up2 more complex ones and i tell you the sky will be your limit

i am praying for your success

c you at the top

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first u have to like the subject cuz true effort can only be made when u know it's worth it

throw in some really good textbooks and some lecture materials, then petition God

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Mathematics is not a Dead Subject!

Some students may like Mathematics but have difficulties learning it. The problem may be because these students do not realise that Mathematics is not a dead subject. You cannot learn Mathematics simply by trying to memorise it. You have to understand the basic Mathematics concepts, "see the pattern", and apply them.

For example, if your Mathematics teacher has taught you that 4 + 4 = 8, then you must realise that #4 + #4 = #8, 4 kg + 4 kg = 8 kg, 4 cm + 4 cm = 8 cm, and so on so forth.

But that’s not all. Once you have understood the basic Mathematics concepts, you cannot just sit there and do nothing about it. You have to try Mathematics sums and problems, and as many as possible. Mathematics is a practice subject. The more you practise, the better you will be at it. This is especially true for the more difficult Mathematics topics, such as ratios, percentages and algebra.

Apart from that, you must also always try to solve the same type of Mathematics sums and problems using different approaches. For example, there are many ways to solve 39 + 4. You can either use the "count on" strategy, the "add the ones then add the tens" strategy, the "add 1 to 39 to make 40 and subtract 1 from 4" strategy, and more.

The more approaches you try to solve the same Mathematics sums and problems, the better your Mathematics problem-solving skills will be. The following exceptionally good books will teach you these:

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Hate Mathematics, Don’t!

Like all subjects, you cannot master Mathematics if you already hate it.

"But I really hate it!" some students may say.

To these students, we ask you, "How many days do you get by without using Mathematics in your lives?"

Each morning when you wake up, you look at your clock or watch to read the time. You probably learn how to read clocks from your Mathematics teacher in Primary 1 or 2.

You reach the bus stop and prepare your bus-fare. During recess time, you go to the canteen and pay for some food items. You probably learn how to count, add and subtract money from your Mathematics teacher in Primary 2 or 3.

Back in class, your teacher asks you to form groups of four to discuss some homework. You probably learn how to count from your Mathematics teacher in kindergarten or Primary 1.

We can go on and on, but you get the point. The point is that Mathematics is part of our life and there is no way you can run away from it. So if you do not like Mathematics, you will suffer.

Hey, the least you can do is learn to accept Mathematics. Like it or not, it is a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools.

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my only answer is REPITITION

Remember that practice does not make perfect but perfect practice makes perfect.

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r u chike obi in disguise?!

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2. Good books are essential. I'll give a short list (for beginner and intermediate-level math; NOT advanced undergraduate or graduate-level math):

i. Pure Mathematics for Advanced Level (1986) [528 pages] by H. Mulholland and B. D. Bunday (Gives a gentle introduction to mathematical rigor; excellent book!)

ii. Additional Pure Mathematics (1980) [356 pages] by  L. Harwood Clarke (The late Harwood Clarke taught mathematics in the finest of English tradition; a gem!)

iii. Engineering Mathematics (2007) [1,200 pages] by  K. A. Stroud and Dexter J. Booth (as mentioned by engineerd) (Written for engineers but, hey, engineers are applied mathematicians, and so are economists! Approaches math with a step-by-step method.)

Those are very good books but I have to add "Intermediate Mathematics" by "Blakey" to that list.

Mathematics is fun if you just let your imagination govern by logic run wild. Maths is not difficult. It's fun. It's like building a house. You cannot start with the roof first. You must build a good foundation, then a good frame, then the roof, then you add as you want to the house. You must have a good foundation to excel in Mathematics.

I did study a lot of Mathematics in my course of study as an Electrical Engineer, but what is lacking in those early years that I picked up later is the History behind the Mathematics.  The study of Fermat last Theorem comes to mind and how it was eventually proved by "Wiles". This is high power mathematics but the concept of Logic and Problem Solving shine forth. If you also consider the study and History behind Complex Number, you will see fascinating stuffs about how letting your imagination run wild, but governed by logic reigns. Look also at the history behind Pi (Ratio of the Circle Circumference to the Diameter). A lot of people, engineers and Mathematician alike, will tell you mathematics; but why, the application is missing.

Then you still need that extra leap of genius to take Mathematics to the next level as Euclid, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Euler, Godel, Hilbert, Riemann, Gauss, etc did

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Dats the way it is bro,practise makes perfect.Nobody carry am come from heaven.Nothin do anybody.

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I guess there were some, if not all the topics in maths that you tried to evade during your secondary school days and the spirit of these topics are demanding a ransom (failure) from you at your university level.

All you need is to go back to these topics that bear hugely on building a good foundation in maths that are apparently o’level based. When you identify them, learn and practice them. But if after doing this and the problem persist, try advance maths textbooks. At this point, your problem must have been solved.

Yet if it doesn’t, even if Isaac Newton, Pythagoras or Abraham Demoivire is raised from the dead to teach you, you’d still not catch up.

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