# Improving Your Math

Math is one of the major subjects in school, but a lot of students hate it because of some complicated formulas or concepts which are mindboggling However, no matter how much they want to avoid it, they are not able to because it will always be part of the curriculum. Anyways, we should not worry because we can still do well in math. We are going to give you some tips and strategies on how you could improve your math.

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To start, **Jason Gibson **will give us his top ten strategies to improve your math grades.

*Top 10 Strategies to Improve Your Math Grades*

*Many students and parents ask for pointers and techniques to best learn Math. Here is my top-10 list which applies to any level of Math.*

*1) If you don’t understand something, focus on mastering that topic before moving on to the next topic.** It sounds simple, but it is absolutely essential. Lets say a student is learning Algebra, for example. Further, lets say he or she is having a hard time understanding how to add and subtract negative and positive numbers. All of us struggle with this in the beginning as it is a sticky point for most students. Some students in this situation, out of frustration that they “can’t” learn this topic, will move on to the next lesson in the hope that they will be able to understand that one.*

*This is a recipe for disaster.*

*Math is very much like learning to read. If you don’t know your letter sounds then you have no hope of being able to sound out words of course there is no way possible that you could read a book. All math courses are taught in a specific sequence because the every topic builds on the previous topic. **Read more here.*

The very first tip given is that if you don’t understand something, focus on mastering that topic before moving on to the next topic. You do not have to rush actually. Anyway it will be useless if you move to another topic without understanding the previous. For additional tips addressed to the parents, **John Yeo** will give us three tips to do well in math.

*3 Easy Tips to Do Well in Math*

*Regardless of the students’ academic level (Primary or Secondary), those who don’t do well in Math are making their parents very worried and stressed up.*

*Filling in the gaps*

*It’s fortunate that only 1.5 months have passed and there is only so much content that the teacher had covered. Perhaps it may be only two to three topics. So the good thing is that there’s still time to catch up. To catch up, one must know what content has been lost (not understood) and where these gaps are.*

*Failure to catch up and find out what gaps to fill will create a snowball effect. For those students who are still not passing their class tests are most probably those whose foundation is still very weak with lots of gaps unfilled.*

*So work with your child to find out what he doesn’t know or understand. Then work with him on building up his concepts so that he has a stronger foundation when the newer topics are taught in the future. **Read more here.*

As parents, you should fill in the gaps, find out from your child if he really likes math, and focus on your child’s strengths. The parents’ role is really also important for motivating the children. Now, **SANDY MAYNARD** will give us additional homework and study tips that we could apply.

*You Do the Math: Homework and Study Tips*

*Like it or hate it, we all need to study math.*

*Even if you don’t find it the most thrilling subject, you’ll certainly discover it’s one of the most useful. You calculate the miles you run in the park, budget paychecks from your summer job, and before you know it, you’ll be balancing your own checkbook. So having a sound knowledge of math really pays off.*

*But when you’re a teenager with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) or a learning disability, math poses many challenges. More than other subjects, math requires sustained attention and good test-taking ability. It’s a cumulative subject, so you need to understand today’s material in order to keep up with tomorrow’s. The more advanced the math, the more sequential steps you’ll need to solve problems. **Read more here.*

The twelfth and last tip given above is that you should reward yourself after the exam. It is always nice to give yourself a treat especially if you know that you’ve done well and that you’ve worked hard for it. Math is difficult and it is only just right to reward yourself for it. Anyways, we have already given you and your parents enough tips that you could do in order to make your study of math easier and better.