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Can you excel in Mathematics without practice?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Different subjects that we study require different approach when we revise for it. As students, we must have the full clarity on what are the best ways to deal with our weaknesses, regardless of subjects.

For subjects like the Arts and Language, it is beneficial if we read more, exposing ourselves to different types of stands, opinions and views to understand the take of others.

This allows us to learn from past historical experiences, expanding our base of knowledge and building a strong general knowledge foundation to deal with different type of questions during examinations. These are necessary to master the skills of weighing the pros and cons based on the gravity or severity of the points mentioned, which allows you to deem if you agree or disagree with the statement in the question.

On the other hand, for the Sciences, like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, reading will never suffice. Although it is true that reading will help you build a strong foundation in understanding the concepts and theories, or the derivation of an equation to the proving of formulae, however these are only true to a certain extent. It is because without hands-on application, you will never know if you are truly able to solve a question.

Even for theories and concepts, they are developed by scientists and mathematicians after countless number of trial-and-error, constantly working in their labs every single day, trying out different experiments to prove the validities of their claims.

It is inevitable that you will need to practice in order to excel in Mathematics. Similar to subjects like the Arts and Language but instead of exposure to different types of stands, opinions and views, you should get exposure in terms of how questions in Mathematics can be phrased, or questions with multiple concepts applied which many a times confuses students as they are not familiar with hybrid questions.

Students will find such questions contradicting and unsolvable, but in actual fact students with a strong conceptual foundation will have the ability to decipher the questions easily. Therefore, it is important to note that having both exposure and a strong conceptual foundation goes hand-in-hand, hence both of it is necessary to excel in Mathematics.

As mentioned above, to be able to perform in Mathematics, you will need a strong conceptual knowledge from reading and understanding the concepts of Mathematics, only then will you be able to have the ability to have hands-on application with what you have learnt from the books on the questions.

Repetition is key when you are practicing Mathematics questions, because you will need be able to identify the key concepts tested in a question immediately when you see it, so only through constant repetition will you be able to train yourself to do so.

Of course, students might understand the idea of practicing very well, but always finds it a chore to do it every single day as they think that once they get the idea, there is no need to practice anymore.

What Math Lobby can tell you about this mindset is that it is a WRONG idea to have! You should never be complacent when it comes to studying, regardless of whether if it is Mathematics or other subjects, because we are all humans and we tend to forget things over time, so if you adopt such a mentality, you will definitely regret it weeks before your examinations when you revisit the chapters and questions!

In conclusion, Math Lobby’s suggestion to all students is:

1) Expose yourself to more COMPLEX questions, which will aid you in training your mind on the agility in problem-solving

2) NEVER be complacent

3) Build a strong conceptual foundation with your school materials (textbooks, notes, etc.’) and external resources from libraries, friends from other schools or the internet (Optional)

And that’s all for today, students! Math Lobby hopes that after reading through this article, you are able to understand that in order to perform in Mathematics, it takes much more than it meets the eye! If you have any pending questions, please do go on to our Facebook page, Instagram or contact us directly at Math Lobby!

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