“Mathematics is the music of reason.” – James J. Sylvester, English mathematician.
Maths is the language of reasoning for every scientific discovery. So much so, that without mathematical reasoning, it is impossible to prove anything be it gravity or the day and night.
However, as many assume, mathematics is like any other science that can be mastered. That being said, the methods for mastering maths are not the same as other scientific studies.
For students, as well as parents, who find it difficult to take on mathematical problems, here are a few easy tips to master your skills.
Understand The Logics Rather Than Solutions
Notably, mathematical theories cannot be learned. They can only be practiced. So rather than trying to memorize every theorem and postulate, it’s better to understand the logic behind them. For instance, the Pythagorean theorem presents a very simple reason for why the shadows are cast away from the objects. It is always better to accustom yourself to the basics as every mathematical problem and its solution is somehow linked to logical reasoning. For example, the length of the shadows cast in sunlight depends on the position of the sun in the sky. In other words, the angle made by the sun to the object decides its length.
Practice With Examples Before Moving To The Next Chapter
An easy way to memorize any particular theorem is to practice the problems that make use of it. For example, when you’re solving the geometric problems, make sure you start with the solved problems before you proceed to try unsolved ones. Practicing the example problems before trying to solve an unsolved problem can help you learn about the possible solutions. And thereby, you can already know where to start from when you are presented with any problem in a test or an exam.
Participate In Competitions And Contests
Besides practicing, you also need to assess your performance. And it is not a one-time thing. In fact, you will need to enter a math contest time and again to know how good you’re progressing. Several governments, as well as private, educational institutions organize competitions and quizzes for the students who wish to excel. And if you really are keen to master mathematics then missing out on these opportunities can be lethal for your interest.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Making Mistakes
Although you are on the way to master maths, you would still make mistakes. Perhaps, mistakes are integral to learning, and there’s no harm in it. In fact, all great mathematicians are great because they never turned away from making mistakes. Rather, mistakes can be great teachers, and if you know how to learn from them, you can beat any mathematical maven out there.
Practice, Practice, And Practice
Summing it up, you must understand one thing- mathematics is the only science that can be mastered if practiced. Unlike any other studies that demand hours of reciting and reading, mathematics demands hands-on practice. Unless you try to solve a problem by yourself you can never master the giant. So, keep on practicing until you get the right answer.