As I am sure you know, revising Maths can be painful; you dread getting out of bed to stare at those words and numbers, you feel your tears welling in your eyes as you try to take in the concepts and you feel your heart racing as you read through those unfamiliar questions in the exams.
Is there ever a solution to these problems?
Definitely! Here at Learners Ed, we’ve got your back covered with 6 tips to help you make revising and sitting exam a little less daunting, and to enable you to make the most out of your time.
Source: The Straits Times
- Before you start revising, get all your notes sorted, and draw up a list of all topics you need to cover. This serves two purposes:
a) By listing out you need to cover, you will never miss out any important details. This eliminates panic on the exam floor where your poor heart goes “thump thump thump” because you missed a detail when studying.
b) “Oh! My notes are all over the place! I feel so at ease studying with messy notes,’” says no one ever. Getting organized is key to effective studying. Besides, a bit of tidying and sorting out is a nice relaxing way to ease yourself into the revision process.
Psst:Double your efficiency in your Maths revision with Learner Ed’s notes. Tips to tackle each topic are written on your weekly handouts.
Examples of Learners Ed notes:
- Don’t just read through the textbook! Sorry folks, the only way to perfect Maths is to do it.
You will score much better spending 20 minutes doing Maths questions than spending two hours just reading a textbook.
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So here’s the secret: to effectively and thoroughly revise your work,aim to redo 4 questions from every worksheet every day. Cover the answers with blank paper and redo. Check if your answers are correct. Pat yourself on your shoulder if it is (you can even do a little dance while you’re at it). Compare your working against the correct answer, analyze your errors and learn from your mistakes if it’s incorrect.
Remember, it’s all about the most efficient way to get your revision done!
- Don’t just practice the topic(s) you can do. If you are really good at fractions, for example, it is very tempting to keep doing lots of fractions questions and then smiling as you keep getting them right.
Unfortunately, the exam is probably not going to be just on fractions alone. There will be questions from other topics and as painful as it will be, you will have to bite it through and work your way through the topics that are not exactly your favourite. We understand your pain. Here’s a piece of good news to motivate you: what does not kill you, makes you stronger. It is also much better to struggle with topics that you are not strong at, when you have time on your side and the answers available, than to struggle with it in the exam hall. So, go on, pick up the pen and the papers and practice away! After all, practice makes perfect!
- Make sure you ask for help.
There are two types of people: the ones who do not ask for help and suffer alone and the ones who get people to help them and leave ALL the work to the people who are kind enough to them. Be the third type of people: When you are unsure of your work, do not suffer alone. Get someone to help you, listen to what they are teaching you and try to practice what they have taught by yourself. The reason is simple: Can you bring your mom or dad to the exam hall and get them to do your papers? No.
Therefore, we will eventually have to learn how to do our work yourselves. However, we do not have to struggle alone. At Learners Ed, we have a group of committed and caring teachers to help you with your Maths questions. We welcome students and parents to whatsapp us the questions which they need help in. With Learners Ed, you will never journey alone in the world of Maths.
- Practice doing questions under exam conditions. Time yourself when doing your practice questions provided by Learners Ed. Our mock papers closely aligned with MOE’s syllabus and schools’ exam papers. As long as you do our papers rigorously, you will be able to acquire the practice required to tackle the papers.
Setting a fixed time also allows you to get yourself accustomed to exam conditions such that you will not panic when faced with time constraints during the exams. You will also get to know how much time you need for each question and see if you are on time and on target when doing your papers. This is the best way to check if you understand a topic and if you can handle the exam conditions.
- Practice the papers without the use of your calculator, especially for paper 1 of the P5 and P6 exam papers. Calculators are not invited to the party for paper 1, so it is a good idea to let yourself get used to doing your work without it. Using it too much causes overdependence on the calculator and cause you to forget how to perform basics like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Not too cool when you find yourself struggling with simple Maths eh?
Most important of all, try not to worry. A little worry is not a bad thing as it keeps you focused, but revision certainly shouldn’t be a stressful time. It should be a time where your brain gets a chance to sort out the information it has been bombarded with, and make sense of everything. It is a time where you look backwards and connect the dots. If you follow the tips above, especially about getting yourself a revision schedule and always asking for help, you should find that revising for Maths (or any other exam) is not that painful after all; you may even find ways to have fun and enjoy it!