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How to Become a Badass at Math?


Math always brings horrors of the childhood to back to life. We tried running away from math and sometimes tried facing it. We took tuitions, we stayed after class, we took extra classes, we tried to memorize formulae, and we practiced questions as best as we could but it never paid off.
This also had to do with the following reasons we couldn’t master the art of math. We started to believe that we were bad at math (just because we didn’t do well, although natural to assume). We resorted to shortcuts, we thought there was an injection to serve as an antidote to being bad at math and so on so forth.
Step One
You need to be realistic in setting your goal to be good at math. By good, if you mean doing large sums in your head or do you want to understand complex math problems just by looking at them? So instead it will take practice and time.
The goal setting is easier when you decide that by the end of this unit I should have learned how to deal with the topic. Have tests and assignments pertaining to the subject paid off? If they didn’t help the teacher is to be consulted immediately.
Just by getting the answers correct to math problems is not enough. A calculator can do that for you, the teacher should rather ask the concept(s) behind from the student. Did the homework assigned was completed by him or did he copy it from his fellow student. Teachers too have to stay vigilant.
From the majority of the students’ perspective, all they want to do is secure passing marks in math whereas they should focus on increasing their knowledge of math and add depth to it. This can be achieved by having a clear frame of mind that my success is measured by how well I’m doing in solving problems.
Naturally, grades will be high.
Step Two
You need to revisit your study habits. It may be that what you’re currently doing in trying to master math is simply not enough or some vital ingredient in the way you study is missing. You could refer to WikiHow of course to seek answers to your math problems but lacks soul.
So there, WikiHow should not be your source for learning math instead it comes down to pre-class note taking, in-class note taking, review of class notes, homework assignments, and additional exercises. If these are adopted in the order, I assure you math won’t haunt you anymore.
Note-taking habit cannot be emphasized more. With its help, you can pen down questions and ask your faculty to provide you with clarifications on the topic. Do not just sit there but during class try absorbing lecture as well because only then you will have questions and for that, you don’t have to be an expert.
Step Three
You probably would have heard it zillion times that ‘practice makes man perfect’, so, in the end, everything boils down to practice, practice and practice. As mentioned previously becoming a math badass demands time and patience.
Since math follows the logic, it’s impossible to deviate from unless of course, you are suggesting some new theory and that is what mathematicians do but you’re here to grasp concepts and not challenge them. There is always a ‘why’ am I doing this in solving math problems and only practice is the answer to that ‘why’.
Step Four
If the aforementioned steps do not yield any fruitful results for you then I suggest you rinse, lather and repeat. It might be that you made a mistake somewhere along the way. Therefore come back at it with a fresh mind; define your goal as a solid thing, alter the way you study and practice.

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