Mathematics is one of the most dreaded subjects by lots of students in school; preparing for it is, all the more, daunting. Taken into a proper perspective, though, math is a relatively easy and interesting subject. If you are one of those students preparing for your mathematics test, here are pointers on how to go about it.
Listen to your lectures
The foremost preparation for your math exams is to listen and understand your teacher’s lectures. You do half the work if you take down notes, listen, and understand the lectures. Make your notes neat; re-write if necessary so that you would have an easier time reviewing later on. Underline key words and write down data clearly. If you do not understand a concept, do not be shy to ask your teacher. You’re in the learning process, so it is expected that you have some questions. Teachers appreciate students who ask sensible questions because this means they are listening and are interested in the subject.
Study every day
Cramming is not a good option during exams. When you cram, you could forget everything or fall asleep during exams. There is only too much that a sleepy and tired brain could absorb in one night. Studying every day would eliminate the need to cram. The night before the exam, you should sleep and wake up early, so that your mind is rested and alert. Make use of index cards for formulas that need to be memorized, but before memorizing, understand the concept first.
Do group study
If you are one of those students who readily sleep when studying alone, you could do a group study. You should do this, though, at least a week before the exams, to avoid cramming. Each student in your group should prepare a problem that the group could discuss and solve. Everyone should be given the chance to answer and participate.
Make use of practice sets
Make use of prepared test sets and simulate the testing environment. What are the types of questions your teacher usually asks? You can inquire from previous students about these types of questions, then practice solving them. You can also go over previously given examples during your lectures. The important thing is that you have practiced solving problems because this would help you during the exams.
Prepare all materials the day before the exams
Remember to prepare all your materials early, so you could remedy them when they are not available. Confirm the room number too, so you would not be stressed out looking for your room. Some materials you may need are: pencils with erasers, calculators, ball pens, graphing papers, rulers, examination permits, and test booklets. You should also prepare yourself physically through these steps:
Sleep and wake up early. This would keep you mentally alert and focused. Attend to nature’s call to avoid feeling uncomfortable during the exams. Eat properly and hydrate yourself. Do not overeat or starve. The brain needs sufficient glucose and water to perform well. Avoid alcohol and drugs because they would affect your cognitive process. Alcohol is a Central Nervous System depressant, and drugs could muddle your memory. Relax the night before the test so you could think clearly on the day of the exam.
During the exam itself, you should read the questions twice before attempting to answer them. Analyze the questions properly and double check if you have solved the problem correctly. Write legibly and avoid erasures; your teacher may mark your answer incorrect if she/he could not understand them.
All of these things count during a mathematics examination. The crucial factor to remember is that believing in yourself and doing your best, is winning half of the battle. So, prepare well, and give your math exams your best shot.