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Conquering the Fear of Maths


School kids may be divided into two broad categories: those who love maths and those who hate the maths subject.

Students who love maths need little or no guidance. Clear explanation and a few maths practice sums are enough to help them get better at the subject. However, things are not so easy with the other students. Student who dislike maths do so because they don’t understand it. This makes them fear the subject and that fear ultimately leads to dislike. As the parent it is important that you help your kid get over that fear so that child changes perspective and starts taking interest in maths.

Listed below are a few simple tips that you could adopt at home:

Remove the Negativity

Often times the parent’s perception of the subject reflects on the child. If you don’t like the subject and have showcased it quite a few times, your child will automatically dislike it as well. This is why it is highly advisable that you create a positive environment at home, which welcomes maths and problem solving. Talk about the advantages of learning maths and how maths will be useful in the future. Be enthusiastic about the subject so that it encourages your child to make an effort and voluntarily engage in maths practice.

Use Real Life Examples

Kids learn better with real life examples because they instantly connect with them. You should take advantage of this and present such instances. For example, you may ask your little child to cross the groceries and then verify the grand total. If your child is a little older you may also ask him to calculate how to split the restaurant bill among 4 people. You could also take chocolates and purchase into consideration and ask questions such as, “If one chocolate costs Rs.10, how much will 20 chocolates cost?”

Such connecting questions will spur interest and inspire them to practice maths regularly.

Play Games That Relate To Maths

Kids usually don’t like being directly taught. This holds true especially when you are trying to teach a subject they don’t like. This is where games come in. Today, the market has many interactive and educational games that will not just provide entertainment but will also help your child learn. Kids learn best when they are interested and games cater to that.

Use Technology

We live in a world of advanced technology and thanks to the advent of Internet maths practice has become fun and feasible. You have plenty of choices to practice maths online and to improve your child’s maths skills. Kids love moving out of books and pencils, and using the mouse or track pad. A change in the environment and medium of instruction will definitely have a positive impact.

These are four very simple ways of helping your child overcome his fears of the subject. Encourage him to practice maths online and/or buy him interactive games based on his age. Gradually, you will see progress.

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How to uncover your child's hidden talents.


Every child is special and possesses one or more special talent - something they are specifically good at, something they do better than other things. Like a seven year old boy could be really bad at dancing, but could be drawing beautiful sketches in his sketchbook and you may not even be aware. Here are some ways by which you can know about his interests:

Listen

As a parent, one should take keen interest in whatever the child has to say. Listening patiently is the key to finding what he/she is capable of. Kids talk about things that interest them and many times, they want to know how they can do it. So, next time when your child comes running to you to show something that's really interesting and you're working, keep your work aside for ten minutes and listen.

Do not judge

So he is talking about how his grandmother knit a beautiful sweater and is fascinated by the design she made and it makes you nervous that he is probably nurturing a hobby more suited to girls. Don't judge him! Appreciating the aesthetics of the design is not something that should make you sceptical about his hobbies, it should make you realise that he may have an eye for design and patterns - a useful and important trait of a graphic artist.

Do not jump to conclusions

Your daughter is shy and stays quiet in the company of others. She is hardly ever comfortable conversing with people outside her family and friend circle and you conclude she is antisocial and lacks communication skills. Wrong!

That alone shouldn't let you decide. She might be imagining strange characters in strange situations. She could be delivering beautiful speeches alone and talking wonderfully with her imaginary characters because real people scare her. It's not social skills she lacks, it's self confidence. And that's what you should be working on.

Encourage

Encourage your kids to explore, learn, make mistakes and spend time on various activities. Don't stop them from doing anything unless it's harmful. Encourage them to learn from their mistakes rather than crying over them and feeling disappointed.

They know what makes them happy but are not sure and need your help and encouragement for this purpose.

Be a good parent and support them!

Author: Gunjan Vyas
Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.

How to build a good math foundation among children?

Mathematics is an important subject to be learnt in school and by learning math, it definitely helps children to learn other subjects easily which requires the math base. By learning math effectively, children will definitely tend to become smart and active. Their thinking power will also be definitely increased. To achieve all these things, a good math foundation is required. The below mentioned tips will surely help.
 

Help children understand the “value of numbers”

Ideally to learn the various mathematical concepts, children are required to understand the value of the numbers. Do not just let them say 1,2,3 and so on. Instead, for an example, you can keep one apple at a place and two apples in another place and help them understand the differences between them. With this, they will definitely help in understanding the value of the numbers.  

Repeat “maths practice”

It is really not enough if you teach a particular mathematical concept or a problem only once. The math skills will often be confusing and hence, repeating the math practice multiple times will be of great help. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim says it is math practice makes perfect, not the talent.

Make use of real ‘life examples’

The real life examples will help them to remember things better. Let them measure cups of water, distance from one place to another and such other things. All these examples can be of great help in developing the math skills. In everyday life, we will surely come across some kind of math. Involve children to such real life situations and this will surely help them to develop their ability to think better.

Let the “teaching be in order”

Reaching math needs to be in order always. Do not go directly to the difficult trigonometry or calculus, without the right knowledge of Algebra. The base of learning these things needs to be strong for a better understanding. When children learn the topics in order, they will be able to thoroughly understand the principles and its applications.

Solving math problems on a “daily basis”

It is necessary to solve the math problems on a daily basis. They are required to dedicate at least an hour for solving the math problems on a daily basis. Use math practice website to master in each skill through interactive questions with fun. This will confidently help them in improving their performance.


By following the above mentioned tips, children can definitely enhance the math problem solving skills in them and can excel in learning of math subject. Only with a good base, strong pillar can be formed.  Hence, the above tips should never be ignored when teaching math to the children. This can in fact be considered a wonderful process, which will certainly help in building a strong math foundation among the children.

Author: Priyanka Kamath

Priyanka is a successful content writer and has written various webpages, blogs and articles and has contributed greatly to the content writing field. She has completed her Bachelors in Commerce from Mangalore University and has set up a wonderful career in content writing. Apart from being a prosperous homemaker, her passion for writing is tremendous.

5 exam preparation tips that will surely help you.


Every student in the world dreads them, but still acknowledges their importance. Exams are an integral part of your journey to learning and each student appearing for an exam can do well if they are well prepared.

A few tips that can help you:

1. Relax

How many times have you stayed up all night for an exam the day after? How many times have you found yourself under constant stress of trying to learn everything so you aren't poorly graded by the examiner?

Relax!

An exam is held to test your learning, not to stress you into spending caffeine induced nights.

Don't kill yourself for it. Concentrate on learning rather than wearing yourself out in panic.

2. Schedule and Plan

Rome wasn't built in one day. It took effort and time. If you think you can fare well on an exam by studying overnight then you're wrong.

As the first tip says, relax because a relaxed mind learns the quickest and the best.

Your exam preparation should begin at least three weeks before your exam and it should be properly scheduled so that you complete your syllabus by the end of that time period. Ask yourself:

What subjects are you weak in? Which subject consumes more of your time and energy than the rest? Which subject is your strongest?

Now schedule accordingly. Give more time to the subject you dread, but don't forget your strong subject either. When you're too tired to study the difficult one, but relaxed enough to learn something, you can study the subject you find easy.

Set goals.

You should schedule each day such that you complete one small goal each day. Every small goal will merge with the other to complete the major goal that you had set in the beginning at the end of the decided time period and your burden during the exam period would have reduced substantially.

3. Take breaks

Studying without any pauses is a common practice followed by students, which starts two days before the exam (if there are two or more preparatory holidays provided to them).

Studying continuously for two to three hours is not good. Neither can your mind understand the material correctly nor is it suitable for your health.

Ten minute break.

Taking a ten minute break every hour during those intense hours of revision can be more helpful than you think.

Not only will a break, refresh your mind, it will also give you time and opportunity to grab a quick snack (so you don't run out of energy).

4. Eat well

The hourly ten-minute break gives you time to grab a quick snack, but what kind of snack should it be?

Do not eat junk food.  It will make you feel full and heavy and make you sleepy and lazy instead of energising you.

Eat something light and healthy. Crackers, sandwich, raw fruits and vegetables, buttered bread etc. are some small food items you could eat from time to time.

Don't forget to drink lots of water.

Water is the best fluid for your body and you should drink it in large and refreshing quantities during the final days of preparation.

5. Avoid last minute panic

Often, the rush of adrenaline pumps us up so much, we forget the minor details which are just as important for writing well. The stationary, watch and other small things should be ready the night before. Last minute searching will only lead to stress.

Don't study topics that you didn't prepare before at the last minute. Not only will it cause you stress (because you will not be able to grasp it well), it will also disturb the facts that you have already fed your brain.

 

Don't worry, don't panic. Utilise that energy to learn well and score well!


Author: Gunjan Vyas

Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.

Learning Mathematics – Important or not ?



“Maths is the worst thing ever invented by man. What were they thinking? Language is too easy, so let’s make up some creepy symbols and manipulate them to haunt every generation of kids.”

On January 21, 2014, on the Facebook fan page of the renowned author, Chetan Bhagat, the above statement (from 3 Mistakes Of My Life) was published posted on a Facebook status. This gave rise to a numerous positive and negative comments from people throughout the globe. A few people appreciated the statement, whereas a few completely disagreed with the statement.

Few people, in fact expressed contentment stating even Chetan Bhagat actually thinks of those lines as they think! Whereas a few more people stated that “mathematics occupies an important place in various branches of studies” and the statement was not agreed upon.

Among the numerous comments that followed the statement a comment indicated that “maths is a language of scholars”, whereas there was another comment, which stated that Maths annoys that person a lot. There was one  more comment, which stated that “maths is like sweet and a few like it and a few people do not. This clearly tells as to how people are biased about this subject.

Even though the opinions vary among people, I feel Mathematics is an important branch of study and have put across my personal views herein.

Well! Maths is often considered a tough subject of study. Too many calculations, formulas, method of working out and such other things are really not a child’s play. The previous night of the Maths examination is truly a nightmare for many. But, what about life without mathematics? Learning only languages may help you to interact with people.

Even in various subjects of study like geography, physics or chemistry, various numerical calculations will be included and hence, mathematics can never be ignored. Apart from the usual arithmetic study, students will also be subject to study of algebra and geometry, with which mathematics is made interesting. Considering all these aspects, maths can certainly be considered ‘magic’. However, by following the below mentioned tips, maths can be learnt effectively.

  • Practice maths daily – It is better to make it a habit. Students are required to dedicate at least two to three hours on a daily basis for this purpose. Practice only makes better at maths.
  • Group studies can prove to be effective. - Compete with friends so as to decide who can solve quickly and effectively.
  • Memorize the formulae – The formulae should be memorized well. It is ideal to make a chart of it and hang it against a wall, so that they can have a glance at it every day.
  • Consider it equal to any other subject – When the students think this way, it will not generate any kind of stress. However, it is suggested to give a little more importance.
  • Be confident – Solving the math problems confidently is extremely essential. Try to find new methods of solving a particular problem. Understand the concept well, so that it facilitates easy calculation.

If these things are followed, maths will never be a difficult subject of study.  Children can easily excel in it and score well!

The author Chetan Bhagat’s statement, does not actually fit in the current competitive world. May be he feels that for a writer it is not that essential as most of the time and efforts are revolved around thinking on creative lines and putting across good language. However, considering the needs of the current world, knowing at least the basic concepts of mathematics is essential.

         Image credit:  Chetan Bhagat Facebook fan page.

Author: Priyanka Kamath
Priyanka is a successful content writer and has written various webpages, blogs and articles and has contributed greatly to the content writing field. She has completed her Bachelors in Commerce from Mangalore University and has set up a wonderful career in content writing. Apart from being a prosperous homemaker, her passion for writing is tremendous.