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    10 things you can do to improve your memory

    for math formulas

    1. Read ahead Prepare for Tomorrows today.Read overtomorrowsmath lessontoday. Get ageneralidea about the newformulas in advance.As you read ahead, you will recognize some ofit, and other parts will be brand new.This technique also gives youan overview of the diagrams, graphs and vocabulary in the newsection.Look upany new words in a dictionary so you reduce this

    stumbling block in class. This step may only take 15 minutes or sobefore each class, but will make a huge difference to yourunderstanding of the math you are studying.2. MeaningAll of us find it very difficult to learn meaningless lists of words,letters or numbers. Our brain cannot see the connections betweenthe words and so they are quickly forgotten. Dont just try to learnformulas by themselves its just like learning that meaninglesslist.When you need to learn formulas, also learn the conditions foreach formula (it might be something like if x > 0?). Also draw arelevant diagram or graph each time you write the formula (it mightbe a parabola, or perhaps a circle). You will begin to associate thepicture with the formula and then later when you need to recall thatformula, the associated image will help you to remember it (and itsmeaning, and its conditions).When you create your summary list offormulas, include conditions and relevant pictures, graphs and


    3. Practice: Practice makes an student Perfect. As in othersubjects,it is important for maths formula also.Repetition is a veryimportant aspect of learning. If you practice a new skill, theconnections between neurons in your brain are strengthened. But ifyou dont practice, then the weak bonds are broken.If you try to learnformulas without doingthe practicefirst, then you are just making itmore difficult for yourself.

    4. Keep a list of symbolsMost math formulas involve some Greek letters, or perhaps somestrange symbols like ^ or perhaps a letter with a bar over thetop.When we learn a foreign language, its good to keep a list of thenew vocabulary as we come across it. As it gets more complicated,

    we can go back to the list to remind us of the words we learnedrecently but are hazy about.Learning mathematicssymbols shouldbe like this, too. Keep a list of symbols and paste them upsomewhere in your room, so that you can update it easily and canrefer to it when needed.

    5. Absorb the formulas via different channelsIve already talked about writing and visual aids for learningformulas. Also process and learn each one by hearing it andspeaking it. An example here is the formula for the derivative of afraction involving x terms on the top and bottom (known as theQuotient Rule). Then in words, the derivative is:dy/dx = bottom times derivative of top minus top times derivative ofbottom all over bottom squared.The formula is actually as follows, if we let u = numerator and v =denominator of the fraction, then:

    6. Use memory techniques like story buildingMost people are capable of learning lists of unrelated numbers orwords, as long as they use the right techniques. Such techniquescan be applied to the learning of formulas as well.One of thesetechniques is to create a story around the thing you need to learn.The crazier the story, the better it is because it is easier toremember. If the story is set in some striking physical location, it alsohelps to remember it later.

    7. Know whyIn many examinations, they give you a math formula sheet so whydo you still need to learn formulas? As mentioned earlier, if studentsdont know what they are doing, they will choose a formularandomly, plug in the values and hope for the best. This usually hasbad outcomes and zero marks.I encourage you to learn the formulas, even if they are given to youin the exam. The process of learning the conditions for how to usethe formula and the associated graphs or diagrams, means that youare more likely to use the correct formula and use it correctly whenanswering the question. This is also good for future learning,because you have a much better grasp of the basics.

    8. Sleep on itDont under-estimate the importance of sleep when it comes toremembering things. Deep sleep is a phase during the night wherewe process what we thought about during the day and this is whenmore permanent memories are laid down. .Avoid cramming yourmath formulas the night before an exam until late. Have a plan forwhat you are going to learn and spread it out so that it is notoverwhelming.

    9. Healthy body, efficient brainA good brain resides in healthy body. The healthier you are, the less

    you need to worry about sickness distracting from your learning.Spend time exercising and getting the oxygen flowing in your brain.This is essential for learning.

    10.Discipline and Remove distractionsThis one is a problem for those of us that love being on the Internet,or listening to music, or talking to our friends. There are just so manythings that distract us from learning what we need to learn.Turn offall those distractions for a set time each day. You wont die withoutthem. Concentrate on the formulas you need to learn and use all theabove techniques. Stick to the schedule for learning .When you aredone, reward yourself with some media time but only after youhave really accomplished something.

    10 common mistake in Examination

    Panicking Before Or During A Paper: Always prepare for a test orexam well in advance.Have a good nights sleep before the date ofthe test or exam.Keep reassuring yourself that you can do it. Onceyou stop doubting yourself, you will stop panicking. If all else fails,comfort yourself that it is only a paper. Its not the end of the worldeven if you dont do well for just one paper.So just relax and Dosome breathing exercise to relax

    2.Failing To Scan Through The Questions Once: Do not immediatelystart answer the first question. Give yourself about 3 to 5 minutesto read through all the questions. Put a tick against the easyquestions and a cross against the difficult ones. Then, proceed toanswer the easy questions first! Always leave the difficult questionsto the last. This ensures that you would have answered most of the

    questions in the paper should you run out of time. It also gives youmore time for the difficult questions, as you would need relativelyless time for the easy ones

    3.Misinterpreting A Question: The only way to avoid misinterpretinga question is to read through the question at least twice. Underlinethekey wordsin the question. Make sure you understand whatthose keywords mean. Many time we waste lot of time in this andloose the examination

    4.Failing To Bring Along Required Stationery Or Items. If you run outof stationary,your time will be wasted in getting that from some one

    5.Forgetting To Write Down Your Names And Other PersonalParticulars: Put all the particulars on the paper correctly

    6. Marking the wrong multiple choice answer in answer sheet: payspecial attention to this.Many time we circle the wrong one and ourwhole hardwork is wastage

    7.Ignoring the clock.: Keep a tab of the time

    8.Arriving Late For A Paper: Come 30 min before starting the paperand relax9.Starting With The Most Difficult Question: This is the worstmistake,if you fall in this trap,you will loose all the easy one

    10) Poor and slow writing skill

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    1. Don't just aim for 70%. Aim high and shoot for 100%.

    2. When doing your math homework, be neat. It does make a difference.

    3. It's not just the answer that counts in math. Much of your grade is

    based on the intermediate steps in getting to the answer. So show all

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    4. It is important to read over the material in your math text book. Don't

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    5. Take notes from lectures, writing them neatly. When you study them,

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