Memorizing math formulas is as much a challenge for parents as it is for the kids. Every child has their favorite subjects, and if math is not one of them, it becomes imperative for kids to focus more on math, especially when it comes to theorems and formulas. Along with kids, it becomes a challenge for the parents as well to motivate their children not to give up.
In schools, students are taught Trigonometry using some basic formulas from which it gets easier to derive other formulas. There are many hacks that assist students in grasping the formulas in a better way. Some of these are:
SOH CAH TOA, which means, sin (A) = opposite side/Hypotenuse, cos (A) = adjacent side/Hypotenuse, and tan (A) = opposite side/adjacent side.
Another basic trigonometric formula is sin2A + cos2A = 1. This formula helps to derive some other formulas.
The volume of a cuboid is length (l) x breadth (b) x height (h), while that of a cube is a3, where all sides are of the same length. A sphere’s volume is 4/3 πr3, where r is the radius.
The relevance of Algebraic formulas is underrated, because maximum problems with calculations require the knowledge of Algebra, which uses variables. Grown-ups may have these and many other hacks and formulas on the tip of the tongue, but for school children, remembering mathematical equations, theorems, and formulas can be very hard.
Where does your child’s strength lie?
This is the question every parent must ask themselves. Children are too young or naïve to answer that for themselves. School time is the period where children, as well as their parents, analyze the kids’ strengths and weaknesses. And let’s face it; mathematics is not every child’s dream future.
Not every child is looking forward to a math class, and while there is nothing wrong with that, our Indian education system makes it mandatory for school going kids to develop foundational skills in every subject, including Mathematics. And by the time they enter their ninth standard, the difficulty level of the curriculum also multiplies, whether or not a child or a parent wants a future in math.
Therefore, it becomes imperative to find a way through the difficulties of math, and make it easier and interesting to study. Because, if kids don’t take interest in math, they will never process what they read.
Nobody knows why it is more difficult for some kids than others to perfect the mathematical formulas, but since perfecting formulas will ensure a good score, every family has to find their way through this.
Enjoy the learning process
This is one of the most underrated learning requirements, especially in maths, that can be difficult for many students to grasp. One of the effective ways to quickly understand math equations and formulas is to learn through the medium of games and other forms of entertainment.
Considering their age, children tend to lose their focus quickly. Fun activities will ensure they are well-engaged and are provided access to effective learning methods. There are several websites that provide access to cool math games.
Cuemath is one such website that focuses on teaching math with maximum interactivity and effectiveness. They offer a wide range of services, and it’s worth a visit by every worried parent of school-going children. In their own words, they are “The Math Expert” whose “mission is to empower kids to learn concepts in math & coding visually as logic and NOT as rules which need to be memorized.”
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Memorizing math formulas
With easy reach to online resources, students can access the internet and get answers to all their learning queries with a click of a button. However, one thing that even Google cannot help out with is to enable the students to memorise the math formulas.
Here are some proven tips that will help students in grasping Mathematical formulas better:
Prepare before the class: Based on the topic that is to be discussed in the class, it is recommended that parents should have their children go through the topic that will be discussed in the following day’s class. This way, students will already be aware of the formula when the teacher introduces it to the class, and learning it again will help them memorise it easily.
Regularly practice: When the students are faced with multiple formulas in a single class or back to back formulas are taught in their class, it is highly recommended that students continue to practice problems and go through the formulas regularly so that they remember them well.
Say it aloud and watch videos: Reciting formulas aloud is a very common yet effective way of learning them. As mentioned before, visual aid has a tremendous impact on learning. Provide them videos, presentations, and more to help them learn better.
Use memory techniques: Another underrated method of learning, many times, it is seen that students learn well when a concept is presented, or multiple concepts are presented together in the form of a story that can be easily grasped. In fact, if we want students to remember a concept in a particular order, we can simply construct the story in that order, which will render an effective way of remembering formulas or any concept.
Remove distractions: As mentioned before, it is easy for students to lose focus. Access to the internet can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it provides access to a pool of knowledge. At the same time, it can also easily cause distraction, be it through the availability of social media or only by surfing the internet. Parents must take it upon themselves to ensure their children don’t lose focus, and there is no distraction during study time.
While these are some pointers that parents can work on along with their kids, there are many techniques students can themselves practice without any requirement for parental support:
1 Students must practice discipline by maintaining certain habits, such as fixing a proper place and time for study and putting their phone away and avoiding talking to anyone while studying. This will ensure maximum effectiveness in the end.
2. Create flashcards: This is a very effective way of keeping the formulas handy and maintaining an ongoing learning process for formulas. Students can write down all formulas on flashcards, and carry them everywhere they go so that they can quickly refer to them at regular intervals.
3. Advise students to focus on a single formula at a time, and only once they are sure to have read/understood it well, move on to the next one.
4. Ample help is available at the drop of a hat. Students only need to ask for it. However, they should try to understand on their own first, and only when it is absolutely essential, should they reach out.
5. Visual images are the strongest mode of learning. For example, to memorize the formula for the volume of a sphere, students can draw a sphere either on paper or in their head, then draw a radius and abbreviate it ‘r’, and then read the formula multiple times till it gets stuck.
6. It is imperative that students function, keeping their strengths and weaknesses in mind. Every child is different; not all have a photographic memory, although some lucky ones can remember everything that they read just once. So, what should the others do? They can write down the formula or formulas on a piece of paper and pin it at a location from where they will pass by often, say, like a passage in their home maximum movement between rooms. This way, they can glance through the formulas every time they pass by!
7. Some formulas like the Derivatives can be difficult to memorise, so students can write them down multiple times till they get stuck in mind.
8. One of the important tips is — to understand the mathematics behind a formula. Once students understand the math behind a formula, remembering the formula will become easy.
Remember, every student is different, their learning capacities are different, and their attention span is different. They should try and understand their strengths with help of their parents and teachers, and devise learning strategies that suit them best. As parents, you need to pay special attention to your child’s strengths and weaknesses, work on the weaknesses, motivate them, and build good learning etiquettes.
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